What we learned in the Raiders’ loss to the Rams

first_imgWell, that did not go well.The Raiders’ 33-13 loss wasn’t as lopsided as the scoreline might indicate, but it was 100 percent a calamity for a Raiders team that was looking to stat off the second Jon Gruden era with some win and some serious momentum.Instead, the Raiders furthered some already pertinent questions and raised some questions along the way. Here’s what we learned in the Raiders’ Week One loss:1. Dink and dunk Derek is on the hot seat(Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)D …last_img

Tips for Shooting in Low Light

first_imgCheck out these tips for getting great low light shots.As any filmmaker or video pro will tell you, shooting in low-light can can wreak havoc on the image quality of your shots. But rest assured, you don’t have to own a RED Epic to get great low-light footage. Follow these tips the next time you have a low light shoot.1. Increase Your ISOYou may have heard that shooting in a high ISO is bad, and this is true but only up to a certain point. Yes, shooting in an ISO so high that the image becomes unusable is bad but depending on your camera, you may be able to push your ISO with good results. Newer cameras are increasingly capable of shooting at high ISO numbers with relatively low noise. With modern software you can minimize the grain associated with high ISO as well.2. Use a Faster LensBy far the best thing you can do to get better images in low-light is to get a “faster” lens. This means getting a lens with a wider aperture. While faster lenses are generally more expensive than their slower counterparts, you can still buy fast lenses for a very low cost. For example, you can get a brand new 50mm f/1.8 Canon lens for around $100 on Amazon. I also recommend adapting vintage lenses to work with your modern camera. I was able to find a fully functional 50mm f/1.4 Olympus OM lens for $70 on Ebay.3. Use a Tripod & Slow Down Your Shutter SpeedBy shooting on a tripod you will be able to lower your shutter speed to allow more light. For example if you are shooting in 24fps you are likely shooting at a shutter speed of 50. In shifting your shutter speed to 24 you would essentially double the amount of incoming light, but camera shake would normally make it too shaky to use. However, if you were to use a tripod, camera shake would be nonexistent, making it possible to shoot at longer shutter speeds.4. Shoot in 24fpsTry to shoot in 24fps if possible. In slowing down your frames per second you will increase the amount of light captured in each frame. The difference may not be incredible, but a simple jump from 30fps to 24fps will increase incoming light by 20%.5. Shoot in RAWFor less than $1,000 you can shoot in RAW with the BMPCC Shooting in RAW doesn’t make your image look any brighter in-camera but it a lot easier to brighten up your image in post. RAW images allow for more versatility when editing than compressed images. Even more, Adobe’s Canon RAW editor has built in noise reduction technology that can help you when trying to take grain out of your footage.6. Bonus: Buy an A7SIf you plan on shooting a lot of low-light footage the new Sony A7S is leading the pack in low light capabilities. With ISO capabilities of over half a million you can virtually shoot in complete darkness. What’s even more astonishing is the lack of noise. Recently this video surfaced showing the A7S’s shooting in nothing but moonlight:Have any other tips for shooting in low-light?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

‘India, Pak. can help resolve Afghan conflict’

first_imgIndia should cooperate with Pakistan to ensure regional stability and to end the Afghan war, said the Ambassador of Russia on Monday. Speaking at a public event here, Nikolay Kudashev said that India-Pakistan collaboration will help in resolving the decades-old conflict in Afghanistan.“The problems of Afghanistan are impossible to resolve without taking on board every neighbouring country. Excessive pressure on certain states would just antagonise them and make numerous problems even more complicated… this logic also guides us to further develop ties with Pakistan and it is in the interest of regional stability to help Pakistanis as well as Indians effectively adjust themselves to the new forms of cooperation offered by SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and enhance their anti-terrorism cooperation,” said Mr. Kudashev elaborating on Russia’s engagement of Pakistan.In a set of frank observations at an event organised by the Anant Aspen Centre, the envoy urged India to cooperate with Pakistan in the platforms that various multilateral bodies are providing.New-found bonhomieMoscow and Pakistan dealt with a difficult phase during the 1980s when Pakistan supported the Mujahideen fighters to counter Soviet occupation forces. However the cooperation took off in the last few years with joint counter-terror drills between two sides that India has observed with concern. The envoy clarified that Moscow does not prioritise bilateral disputes in South Asia while framing policies.“We don’t look at the region from the point of view of bilateral disputes that we are not in a position to interfere or take sides. There should be realistic and comprehensive approach to the issues of common interest,” said the envoy highlighting the need for peace between India and Pakistan.“No doubt that existing disagreements between India and Pakistan should be resolved politically and diplomatically according to the provisions of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the 1999 Lahore Declaration,” Mr. Kudashev said.He said that Russia is open to a relationship with all sides for the sake of regional stability and the crisis in Afghanistan requires the “Afghan-led” solution.last_img read more

Rihanna wants to buy UK soccer club, consults Chelsea player Didier Drogba

first_imgRihanna wants to buy a UK soccer club.The 26-year-old singer is said to be “really serious” about setting up a sports academy in her native Barbados and then becoming a chairwoman or owner for a team in England, so much so she has been getting some advice from her friend, Chelsea player Didier Drogba.A source close to the Bajan beauty said: “At first we thought Rihanna’s desire to be involved with soccer on a business level would soon blow over.”We figured she was still on a high from the World Cup. But now it’s becoming clear she really is serious.”She’s talking about setting up a football academy in her native Barbados. Then her big dream is to be involved with a UK club.”While Rihanna has previously confessed to being a Liverpool fan, it is also thought the ‘S&M’ hitmaker could consider taking over a club in Los Angeles.RihannaThe source added to the Daily Star newspaper: “Britain is like a second home to her, although she’s also hinted she may do something with an LA team.”Rihanna was a big fan of the recent World Cup in Brazil over the summer and posted several pictures on Instagram page of herself supporting the home nation until they were ruthlessly dumped out of the competition 7-1 by Germany.The star then went on to support Germany in the final, which they won by overcoming Argentina with an extra-time winner from Mario Gotze.Rihanna is not the only big name star who has been interested in taking over a UK team as rapper Snoop Dogg previously admitted he was thinking about investing in Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic and P. Diddy was said to be in talks to buy Crystal Palace in 2010 because he likes their name.advertisementWhat’s more, Hollywood legend Tom Hanks is a big fan of English heavyweights Aston Villa, also because he is a fan of their moniker, and Sylvester Stallone has been to watch Everton on several occasions.last_img read more