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I’m a big fan of the CamRanger system… particularly when it comes to shooting unique and challenging camera angles.  By being able to remotely monitor and adjust my camera, I can put it in an inconvenient or hard-to-reach spot while still getting the best angle.  I can then use the CamRanger app and hardware to control the […]

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I’m always on the lookout for ways to get better looking video shots.  Each week, I release a show called DSLR Video Tips on lynda.com.  The episode is free for one week (you don’t even have to be a member, that’s how nice they are). The show is co-hosted by friend and long-time collaborator Robbie […]

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I’ve been shooting a lot with small cameras lately. I’ve been on a quest to experiment with mounting multiple cameras in many places.  This has mainly taken place with GoPro cameras for shooting both stills and videos. My go-to piece of grip gear has been my collection of GorillaPods.  From mounting on the ground to wrapping […]

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I’ve been working with a great athlete lately Zach DiPaolo.  He flies through the air on motorbikes (a skill I can’t possibly fathom to develop). To do this I needed some specialty gear. This week, Director of Photography Jim Ball and I set out to really capture Zach in as many ways as possible. I […]

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I just got a great camera strap…and I hate camera straps. Let me tell why I don’t use camera straps, and why I’ll be using this one from Joby everyday. I don’t use a camera strap around my neck for three reasons. Firstly, it gives a me crick in the neck that won’t go away […]

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If you’d like to get your camera off the tripod and add smooth-motion capture to your video work, take a look at this modified setup of the Flycam Nano DSLR system adapted for use with the GoPro Hero.  If you’re not currently shooting with a GoPro system, no worries, the information in this post can […]

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If you’re into Time-Lapse Video and Panoramic Photography, I’ll be co-leading a workshop in Las Vegas in 10 days.  Join me for both a classroom tutorial and a hands-on afternoon field trip to Red Rock Canyon Conservatory where you will capture shots of the park and sunset. Some shots from an earlier year’s workshop: Attendees […]

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I’ve been exploring cinemagraphs for sometime now… the technique of creating living photos with subtle movements.  I’ve got my own workflows mastered using Photoshop and After Effects, but I’m always curious when a new tool comes on the market. At WPPI, I saw a new product called Cinemagraph Pro from Flixel.  This makes the process […]

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Note: This is a workflow in progress.  I’m going to show the first results.   I’ve lately become fascinated with making time-lapses from hotel windows.  I’ve been trying to figure out ways to create interesting things from the views I get traveling the world.  The latest attempt focusses on things I can make that show […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Eduardo Angel, filmmaker and educator. The friendly waiter at the Turkish restaurant in Sohar, Oman, saw the camera on the table and asked “Nikon? Canon? Which one is better?” To which I replied, “actually, this is a Panasonic GH3.” He stared at me, and his expression turned from excited […]

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Here are three quickie reviews about some gear you might just enjoy. — Slinger “BigBag” Heavy Duty Lightstand Bag There can never be too many gear bags in your closet, and if you work on location with light stands, you want this bag. The Slinger “BigBag” Heavy Duty Lightstand Bag with Wheels. At under $120 […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 48mm, f/16, 5 frame HDR, ISO 200, finished in Lightroom 5 and Photomatix Pro 5. It was about minus 15 degrees F when I made this photograph in Grand Teton National Park. Anytime you take something cold into a place where it’s warm, you’re likely to see water […]

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Solid interviews are the foundation for a successful video project.  Its important that you capture the voice and the passion for the story you’re trying to tell. I’ve recently completed a new class at Lynda.com that I’m proud of.  It’s one that I’ve wanted to do for a long time to help video makers.  It’s […]

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PSTimelapse

Let me show you how to  put a timelapse image sequence together.  For this tutorial I’ll use a series of images shot on a GoPro camera.This video comes from my DSLR Tips show on Lynda.com.

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One of the very first lessons I learned when I began working with Pixel Corps was the priority sound takes in motion pictures. Alex Lindsay is fond of saying “If your sound is bad, your image can be pristine and the viewer will disconnect.” For this reason, every talented filmmaker I know is fanatical about […]

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Professionally, I often use GoPro cameras to capture behind-the-scenes footage and time-lapses of pipeline builds for clients. Personally, I use it as my primary dive camera, at least until I settle on a pro dive rig. For the price, form factor, image quality and general ease of use, it is hard to beat the GoPro […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim. Photography is an art which prolongs an instant for eternity. For years I’ve been jealous of long exposure images made in the daytime. They usually show water or clouds that have become totally smoothed as they move through the long […]

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I recently had the chance to visit Zion National Park in Utah with two folks on the Photofocus team (Doug Daulton and Pamela Berry).  While there, I had a chance to make an evening time-lapse and some long exposures of the sky. Unfortunately, the moon was out… but we made the most of the night. […]

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If you’re shopping for a DSLR or mirror less camera this season, you may hear the terms cropped or full-frame sensor pop up.  Essentially, these are describing the size of the sensor within the camera. Full frame sensors are generally only found on cameras considered for pros, while cropped sensors are most common and can […]

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I’ve begun to experiment with hyperlapse. This is essentially the shooting of a timelapse from a moving vehicle. My desire was to be able to shoot from a moving vehicle while hands-free. I also wanted the ability to capture shots from the road and of the horizon. I will have some of the results to […]

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Have you ever had a SD card seem to go bad?  Perhaps it’s acting flaky and there seems to be no signs of physical damage.  I had just that happen with some cards that wouldn’t show up (turns out they were improperly formatted using Apple Disk Utility by an assistant being overzealous). I found a […]

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