How Black Magic cameras captured the shots in this epic capture-the-flag battle

Not all action cameras are compact — in a recent commercial shoot for Mountain Dew, the production team designed several different rigs using Black Magic’s Micro Cinema cameras to shoot an epic capture-the-flag game with dune buggies versus dirt bikes. The result is a POV-style shoot with big resolution and big action.

The shoot, produced by Moniker Media, not only featured professional race car driver Chase Elliott, but was actually the driver’s idea as well. Elliott mapped out the course in the Little Sahara sand dunes in Utah for a traditional game of capture the flag with an untraditional racing twist.

To get shots of the game, the production crew used different arms and booms to adapt the cinema cameras to the point-of-view-style shoot, using first-person helmet angles as well as an arm extended off one dune buggy to capture the biggest jump in the shoot.

“We were able to get mounted shots of the dune buggies, the vehicles’ suspensions, hands shifting gears, as well as Rush-style eye close-ups through Chase’s helmet, mounted dirt bike shots, huge jumps off the dunes, and essentially most of the ‘dangerous’ angles,” said second unit director Casey Wilson.

While the interchangeable lens cameras are larger than a traditional action cameras, their smaller size over other systems allowed the production team’s ideas to be brought to life in a higher resolution. The crew used a variety of different lenses paired with the Black Magic cameras to capture both main and b-roll footage.

Wilson says the camera set-up was chosen for more than just the resolution and size. With the action style preventing full control of the lighting, the camera’s 13 stops of dynamic range helped get more from the shots in post, Wilson added.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: heat-powered watches, phone cases with reflexes

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.

What to look for and what to avoid when buying a camera

Looking to buy a new camera? Our comprehensive camera guide for 2016 has answers to any camera or photography questions you might ask, whether in regards to pricing, image quality, or weatherproofing.

Olympus’ latest teaser shares glimpse of new OM-D camera geared toward sports

Is Olympus about to release a new mirrorless camera geared toward sports photographers? The latest teaser offers a glimpse of an upcoming OM-D camera set to launch on January 24, and by the looks of the teasers, it's geared toward sports.

From 11K to just OK: The biggest photo gear announcements at CES 2019

From 11K cameras to 1 TB media cards, CES 2019 brought a peek at new gear for photographers and videographers. But what photography gear grabbed our attention the most? Here are the biggest photo gear announcements from CES 2019.

Authentic, holistic, retro photography is in: Here are 2019’s predicted trends

What types of imagery are we most drawn to? According to recent stock photography data from Adobe, StoryBlocks, and Shutterstock, authentic, holistic, and humanitarian content will be in high demand in 2019.
Social Media

No yolk! A photo of an egg has become the most-liked post on Instagram

Until this weekend, the most-liked post on Instagram was of Kylie Jenner's baby daughter, which has around 18 million likes. It's now been knocked off the top spot not by a stunning sunset or even a cute cat, but by an egg.

Going somewhere? Capture more than your phone can with the best travel cams

Hitting the road or doing some globetrotting this year? Bring along the right camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime vacation memories. Here's a list of some of our current favorites.

From 4K powerhouses to tiny action cams, here are the best video cameras

Although not as popular as they once were, dedicated video cameras still have their benefits. From travel vlogging to home movies to recording your kid's little league game, here are the best video cameras you can buy right now.

This A.I.-powered camera follows the action to produce epic selfie videos

Want to capture more epic action selfies? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action. Using a handful of different modes, the camera works to keep the action in the frame.

Sony crams its best camera tech into the new $900 A6400

Love Sony's autofocus, but can't stomach the full-frame price? The Sony A6400 mirrorless camera uses some of the same autofocus technology and the processor of the A9 in a compact, more affordable crop-sensor camera.

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone…