“The Twins” empowering young women

first_imgPopularly known as “The Twins”, Play Your Part ambassadors Hlelo and Ntando Masina have been doing impressive work to empower young women in South Africa.Hlelo and Ntando Masina are helping young women in high school become active citizens in their communities. (Image: Ntando Masina Instagram page)Hlelo and Ntando Masina’s co-founded the nationwide Campaign for Girls together with their partner Bianca Williams in August 2010. It has become one of South Africa’s biggest online youth information centres.Hlelo and Ntando have taken pride in the way that this initiative has empowered a myriad of young women in various stages of high school and inspired them to become active members of society.You can follow @HleloMasina and @NtandoMasina on Twitter and Instagram to follow their endeavors.last_img read more

5 Things to Consider Before Shooting Slow Motion

first_imgShooting slow motion video is easier than ever before, thanks to advances in camera tech. Still, there are some challenges to consider before starting your next slow motion project.For the longest time, independent filmmakers have been frustrated by the fact that they weren’t able to capture high quality slow motion video. Up until recent years, your options were mostly limited to shooting at 720/60p with a highly compressed codec (such was the case with the 5D Mark II), unless you were willing to shell out a lot more money to buy or rent a higher end cinema camera.Over time, camera manufacturers started to recognize the fact that their customers were demanding higher frame rates (for slow motion usage), and we are finally starting to see a critical mass of cameras offering that ability. The GH4 can shoot at up to 96fps (as mentioned above), the Canon C100 Mark II does full 1080/60p (although they’re a bit late to the game), and the camera that many of us have right in our pockets – the iPhone 6 – can shoot at up to 240fps!Image from Vision ResearchFor the most part, this is great news – the more tools that we have access to as filmmakers, the better. That said, the fact that many of us have been deprived of high frame rates for so long is starting to create an overuse of slow motion content, much like we saw with the overdone shallow depth of field that was occurring when the 5D MK II first came out.There are plenty of slow motion tips and tricks out there – for instance, this great article from Shutterstock and this in-depth collection of insight from Gizmodo. The following video from The Slanted Lens is very informative, too.Now, let’s go over five things that you should consider before you choose to shoot slow motion:1. You Need More LightIf you haven’t shot slow motion before, you probably aren’t anticipating just how much light you need in order to get a decent exposure on your image. Shooting overcranked means that not only does your frame rate increase, but your shutter speed does too.Assuming you are following the 180 degree shutter rule, if you’re shooting at 96fps, your shutter needs to be at around 1/200th of a second, which will drop your exposure significantly. This isn’t such a big deal if you’re shooting outside in the middle of the day, but if you’re planning on shooting an interior or a night exterior – you’re going to need a lot of light, and you need to know how to use it.2. It’s Easy to Overdo ItOne of the easiest ways to annoy your audience is to overdo slow motion. Often footage looks great in slow motion, but that doesn’t mean everything needs to be shot that way. If you’re not careful, you can fall into a pretty bad trap. Like most stylistic choices, less is more when it comes to overcranking, so use it sparingly if you want to be tasteful.3. It Might Not Be Right for Your ProjectMany shooters go a little bit crazy when they buy their first camera that has the ability to overcrank, and not only do they overuse the effect (as described above), but they use it on projects that don’t call for it. While there may not be any hard and fast rules on this, for the most part slow motion works really well in music videos, some commercials, and in small doses in narrative films.Unfortunately, many filmmakers end up using a ton of slow motion in documentary projects or narrative films, in situations where it really isn’t needed. Obviously, there’s a time and a place for slow motion in a doc or fictional film, but more often than not, it just isn’t the right choice. In other words, don’t use it just because you can… use it if it’s the right storytelling device for your project.4. The Image Quality Will Be DiminishedNo matter what format you’re shooting on, you are likely going to diminish the quality of your image significantly by shooting slow motion. The reason behind this is simple math. Typically, cameras have a set data rate that they record to per second, and when you increase the amount of frames per second, you are spreading that data very thin by stretching it over many more frames.Even on the RED DRAGON (which of course shoots RAW), in order to capture certain frame rates, the minimum compression ratio required is increased significantly. This doesn’t mean that you can’t capture a beautiful slow motion image, but it does mean that you need to be especially careful about how you capture your image so you retain the highest IQ possible.5. Storage Requirements Can Go Through the RoofImage from ShutterstockThis will vary from camera to camera, but generally higher frame rates require far more data/storage than standard frame rates. Certain lower-end cameras are able to keep the data rates about the same even when shooting overcranked (but then the issue of the IQ getting diminished comes into play), but most cinema cameras chew through cards like crazy when shooting at high frame rates.I recently shot a short film on the RED EPIC, which had a lot of very slow motion shots (about 120fps on average), and I had to be very careful about how much I was shooting, as the cards got eaten up very quickly. This is really important to consider if you haven’t shot slow motion before.If you’re looking for more slow motion advice, try these links:The Basics of Shooting Slow Motion Video – The Slanted LensIntro to Slow Motion Video – Red Digital Cinema Camera CompanyThe Beauty of Slow Motion – PremiumBeatHave any tips for shooting slow motion footage? We’d love to hear them in the comments below. Thank for sharing!last_img read more

The Power of an Indomitable Mindset

first_imgImpossible to beat. Impossible to subdue.What does an indomitable mindset mean for salespeople? Why is it important? How do you develop one?The foundation of an indomitable mindset is an indomitable belief structure. As you go through life, you pick up dozens and dozens of infections. You don’t even know you’re picking them up, but these infections determine what kind of results you produce and what level of success you achieve.Maybe you were infected with the belief that the obstacles to better performance are external. It’s not you, it’s the economy. It’s not you, it’s your sales manager. It’s not you, it’s your competitors’ willingness to sell on price alone. These are very common infections, and they weaken your mindset.The wonderful thing about beliefs is that they are infections you can choose for yourself. You can choose to believe that the obstacles to better performance are all internal. You can believe that you are responsible for everything that happens to you. It’s not the economy, it’s the fact that you haven’t adjusted your approach to take advantage of new economic realities. It’s not your sales manager, it’s the fact that you aren’t selling him or her like you sell to your prospective clients. It’s not your competitor’s willingness to sell on price that causes you to lose opportunities, it’s your inability to justify the delta between your price and theirs.Your beliefs drive your behaviors and your behaviors determine your results. Without a powerful underlying belief system, you cannot have an indomitable mindset.In my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I identified nine attributes that make for a powerful mindset. Those attributes include self-discipline, optimism, caring, competitiveness, resourcefulness, initiative, persistence, communication, and accountability. These attributes are all part of what makes up an indomitable mindset.If you want to create an indomitable mindset of your own, study people that already have one. Adopt their beliefs as your own, especially the beliefs that make you uncomfortable. In short order, you’ll find yourself taking new actions, and producing new results. You’ll also find yourself with an indomitable mindset.last_img read more

Valdez, Creamline yet to solve Bali Pure puzzle

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Bualee is the PVL’s most decorated import with her achievements dating back to when the league was still named the Shakey’s V-League.Included in Bualee’s resume are six Best Scorers, two conference MVPs, and one Finals MVP.Valdez added they have to find a way to finish matches stronger after dropping the third set against the Water Defenders in quick fashion.“It’s really frustrating, you get the first set, you almost win the second set then your energy and confidence, as a team, just plummets come the third set,” said Valdez, who had 12 points in the loss. “This is a learning experience for the team and I hope we can change the mindset come the second game.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bali Pure edges Creamline in Game 1 of PVL semis MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline skipper Alyssa Valdez said Saturday that their miserable record against Bali Pure has certainly affected the entire team, and with the Cool Smashers battling for a spot in the finals the ace hitter added they better change their mindset.“Definitely the record is affecting the team,” said Valdez after losing for a third straight time to the Water Defenders, dropping a 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21 in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Valdez and company are 0-3 against the Water Defenders dating back to the elimination round.Bali Pure’s first win came off a four-setter, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 28-26, back in May 16 when Valdez carried the Cool Smashers with 27 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline again lost for a second time a week later, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, but Valdez played sparingly and she finished with just two points.“We’re really working hard to perform well and give a good fight, and we failed to give our opponents that,” said Valdez. “Bali Pure is a veteran team with Jeng [Bualee] and Grethcel [Soltones] have played in commercial leagues and international competitions.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more