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When it comes to properly exposing the shot, you need to understand exposure.  In this video, I shoot in manual mode and show you how to get a properly exposed video shot.  This knowledge also translates seamlessly into photo shooting as well. This tutorial is part of a new series we’re launching to help photographer’s get […]

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Have you ever wondered exactly which settings to choose to get the best video out of your DSLR or mirror less camera? In this video, I walk you through step by step and show you on cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic.  You’ll learn how to get the videos in the right format for editing […]

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I know what some of you are thinking… what the heck is that!?! It’s a camera support rail… that I’ve heavily modified for a special reason. I’ve been looking for a way to shoot with multiple cameras on a single tripod. This combination lets me attach up to 5 cameras to a single tripod. This […]

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I am currently traveling in Japan and decided to travel light with gear.  I wanted to be able to fit virtually all my gear into a single piece of carry-on baggage (there was no way I was going to deal with lost items).  For this trip, I have some new gear I want to test, […]

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Thanks to Vanelli and Meghan Ryan-Harrington for the Behind the Scenes shots. When shooting a video project, there is a need to typically get multiple shots (or angles) of the same scene.  In modern productions, viewers aren’t content to watch just a single shot occur on screen.  The audience expects multiple angles to be combine […]

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To inspire you to get the most out of your tripod, I’ve collected 10 quick tips.  Some of these belong to Scott Bourne while others are mine.  I hope they help you make better photos. Make transitions easy. Invest in a system (such as an Arca-Swiss style plate) that makes it simple to get the […]

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If you’re in the Chicago area, I’ve got an event I’d like to invite you to.  I’m giving a workshop covering Photoshop and DSLR video in the Windy City. The event is $10 (or $5 for students).  For the record, I’m not charging…  that’s just so the group can cover costs (like the room and […]

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In my previous post I showed how I capture love. Those tight passionate shots only make up a part of my engagement shoots. Here is the detail of my pre-wedding or engagement portraits process. I have included my business targets in case they are of interest to those of you who shoot weddings for a […]

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This week’s show is a triple feature… we tackle three areas of the photo industry that are hot topics. First up, Scott Bourne interviews Rich Harrington about how to get started in DSLR video. Rich Harrington then takes the microphone and talks to Terry White from Adobe about changes at Adobe as well as Terry’s photography. Our third segment, Melissa Niu interviews Matt Kloskowski of Kelby Training to find out about how the photo industry is evolving.

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GoPro has unveiled two updated cameras… the Hero3+ Black and Silver editions.  We’ve got one on order and should have some test footage up in a few days.  Here are the highlights of what’s new (and a few myth busters for marketing hype). It’s Smaller. GoPro boasts that the Black is 20% smaller and the […]

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As I build out my camera kit, I find myself wanting to expand my options. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using used lenses. With a few caveats… Buy them from a reputable vendor or someone you know. Inspect the lens for wear and mold. Make sure the lens is compatible with your camera. I […]

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A popular camera that I like to keep in my back is the GoPro Hero3.  While I don’t use it as my primary camera, I find it helpful lots of shooting situations.  I’ll use it for  time-lapse, point-of-view, underwater, and aerial photography.  There really are a lot of things to love at the price point. What is […]

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This continues our look at the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.  Make sure you check out Scott’s interview with Blackmagic Design. In this post, I literally unwrap the camera for the first time.  You’ll learn what’s included in the box, what you need to buy right away, and what features are not yet shipping. Can’t see […]

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We’re about to kickoff a series on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.  This is a hot new camera that’s on a lot of your minds as it combines a rich set of features at a very low price point. Wider Dynamic Range Micro Four-Thirds Mount Raw Video and Apple ProRes for less than $1000 In-camera […]

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When shooting, there will be times when rigging a camera can become necessary.  Perhaps its to get a great shot from a difficult angle or because the camera needs to be left in place.  In these cases, you’ll want to turn to some safety standards for rigging your gear. Cardellini Clamps – This jaw-style clamp is […]

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A warning to all photographers and filmmakers — concert lasers can damage your very expensive camera sensor permanently! And, there’s some worry about your eyes as well, but I’ll leave that for another discussion.

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There are lots of times a tripod comes in handy.  Of course you might not have one on hand when you need it most.  Here are three of my favorite techniques to overcome the lack of a tripod. Swaddle the Camera This technique works best for time-lapse. Take a sweatshirt or jacket and ball it into […]

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You’ve probably heard Scott and me talk about how much we love the Micro Four-Thirds format.  In this movie we outline some of the key benefits and what makes these cameras work differently than traditional DSLRs. You can check out the whole class here and get a free trial membership here. Disclaimer: This is just an overview of some […]

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Are you coming to Photoshop World? It’s that time of year again when Photoshop World comes to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. If you’ll be in town, you can catch Scott or Rich speaking at on photography and business. Some of these classes are even free on the show floor for the general public to take. […]

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A lot of photographers are experimenting with video shot on their DSLR cameras.  It’s exciting to explore a new medium and many new projects (both professional and personal) await.  The two biggest challenges though are achieving proper focus and exposure. When you shoot stills, you’re probably used to squinting into the viewfinder to get a […]

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I don’t know how they do it, but Adorama’s house brand (Flashpoint) continues to come up with amazing products at an affordable price. Case in point the Flashpoint DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle. If you’ve seen this type of rig before from companies like Red Rock Micro or Zacuto you’ve probably seen price tags that are three […]

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