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 you won't find a bag as sturdy or with this much room and utility. Ive bought plenty of similar bags. They all seem to have one fault or another that Slinger has figured out how to defeat. The ABS wheels are strong and well positioned. The … [Read more...] about Cheap Gear/Good Gear Mini Reviews: Slinger Big Bag | Flashpoint C+ Light Stand | Lenz-A-Hand
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 called "The Art of Video Interviews" and I produced it with my friend and colleague Amy Delouise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64Sa9420fuQ&start=26 In this sample from the class, I review which tools you need to gather prior to the … [Read more...] about Essential Gear for Recording Video Interviews
Years ago, if I was carrying a tripod, (and I was almost always carrying a tripod) it was a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod. Gitzo is top-of-the-line and expensive. Enter Induro. For about five years now Ive been using Induro tripods on all my stills photo projects. They are every bit the high quality product that Gitzo is, for a little less money. Enter Flashpoint. Adoramas house brand has been making big waves in the photo industry. The Flashpoint brand is indeed a bargain brand, but that doesn't mean you get sub-standard quality. The Flashpoint … [Read more...] about Move Over Induro – Hello Flashpoint – 1428 Tripod Mini Review
Now that you've learned how to edit videos and slide shows in Adobe Photoshop, we want to make sure you know the best steps to be able to share your video with clients or friends and family onto your own personal YouTube channel. To get started uploading your video on YouTube, follow the steps below: 1. Prepare the File Before you upload the video to YouTube, make sure you make your final edits and finishing touches, and then convert it into a proper format. Most programs that can edit video, can export to multiple formats. YouTube supports … [Read more...] about How to Post Your Video to YouTube
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 exposure and the contrast against static foreground elements has always fascinated me. I learned that these photographs could be made by using a neutral density filter (ND filter). The filter is transparent glass, but it's darkened to allow less light into the camera, extending the exposure. I've had limited success … [Read more...] about Gear Review: Neewer Variable Neutral Density Filter
Whether you call it rolling shutter, sensor shake, or just Jello... the problem remains the same. The possibility of bending and distorting your image when recording video on a DSLR or Mirrorless camera is a real issue... particularly if you pan too fast. This can lower the quality of the video you shoot and make a shot potentially unusable. This video I recorded for the DPBestflow project helps explain what it is, how to avoid it, and how big a deal it is. https://vimeo.com/37316008 __________________________ … [Read more...] about What is Rolling Shutter?
Are you interested in video? Welcome to our series on how to edit video using Adobe Photoshop. In this sixth episode, you'll learn how to color correct and grade your sequence. You'll learn how to refine the color and exposure of video footage. You'll also learn how to use Lookup Tables in order to quickly apply a style to several clips. The Photoshop editing interface is easy to learn and master. https://vimeo.com/82814348 Can't see the video? Click here. We have one more video to go... here's what you might have missed. Setting up … [Read more...] about Color Correcting Video in Photoshop
A key step in your videos planning is creative development. You need to think through the creative approach, define it, beat it up, and refine it. Chances are your original ideas and assumptions will be a lot stronger after you put them through a creative wringer. Here are a few things Ive learned in developing video projects. Don't try to reinvent what already exists. You need to closely examine whats already in the web video universe or competitive marketplace. Don't waste your time developing a concept that is identical to something thats … [Read more...] about Developing a Concept for a Video
Are you interested in video? Welcome to our series on how to edit video using Adobe Photoshop. In this third episode, you'll learn how to build your sequence. You'll see how to load multiple shots into the timeline and then refine each shot's duration. The Photoshop editing interface is easy to learn and master. https://vimeo.com/80765247 Can't see the video? Click here. Over the next two weeks, we'll walk you through the complete editing process. ______ … [Read more...] about Assembling a Video Edit with Photoshop CC
I have purchased more than two dozen GoPro Hero cameras in my life. Ive owned every model and enjoyed them. But there comes a time when you have to find out if someone found a better way to build the mousetrap and I think JVC cameras are evidence that someone did just that. Standout Features Here are 10 things I like better about the Adixxion line than the Hero The cheaper of the two JVC action cameras (JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion HD Action Video Camera) has a street price of about $150. The top-of-the-line GoPro is $399. High prices never scare me but … [Read more...] about Why I prefer The JVC GC-XA1/XA2 Adixxion Action Camera to the GoPro Hero
Are you interested in video? Welcome to our series on how to edit video using Adobe Photoshop. In this second episode, you'll learn how to use Adobe Bridge to browse and organize video. This makes it easy to search through several drives worth of media and get your footage ready to edit. https://vimeo.com/80609068 Can't see the video? Click here. Over the next two weeks, we'll walk you through the complete editing process. ______ … [Read more...] about Get Organized Before You Edit Your Video
Are you interested in video? Welcome to our series on how to edit video using Adobe Photoshop. In this first episode, you'll learn how to set up Adobe Photoshop CC so it's ready to edit multiple video files together. https://vimeo.com/80585979 Over the next two weeks, we'll walk you through the complete editing process. ______ … [Read more...] about Setting up Photoshop to Edit Video
This is a guest post from the talented photographer and videographer, Anders Lnnfeldt. A couple months ago, I was in London working together with artist & photographer Lukas Renlund on his photo project called Steal My Photograph!. It is a different kind of art exhibition where he encourages people in the street to steal his art. This was the third event of the Steal My Photograph! tour and now it was London's turn. To promote the interactive art exhibition we wanted to produce a short teaser film for it. It turned out really well so I … [Read more...] about “Steal My Photograph! London ” Video & How It Was Made
With the holiday season approaching faster than most of us want to admit, its time for the Photofocus annual photographers gift buying guide. The items listed here receive the Photofocus seal of approval and if you have a friend or loved one who is a shutterbug, any of these items will be a welcome gift. We list them here without commentary. Its quick, fast and simple. Pick something that looks good to you and go for it. This is all stuff we actually use and believe in. In no particular order Scotts Picks Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3KThinkTank … [Read more...] about 2013 Photographer’s Gift Buying Guide
https://vimeo.com/79016171 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 so tools like Photoshop can work with the files. This tutorial is part of a new series we're launching to help photographer's get up and running with video. We'll have a few posts a week to help you expand your skills. Let us … [Read more...] about Setting Up Your Camera to Shoot Video
The primary place video is watched these days is on mobile devices. This means small screens and lots of distractions. Add in changes in the human attention span, and I can't emphaize enough to keep the total run time low to avoid viewer fatigue. Heres a simple idea: Keep your videos short. It is better to have five 3-minute videos than one 15-minute episode. I try to keep most client videos to less than 10 minutes (in fact less than 5 in almost all cases). With the rise of the web, videos tend to be consumed during things like work breaks, … [Read more...] about I’ve Never Watched a Video That Couldn’t Benefit From Being Shorter
Do you love Camera Raw? Well, you might not know that it can be used on video clips too! With Photoshop CC you can run Camera Raw as a Smart Filter on pretty much any still or video file. [vimeo=https://vimeo.com/78681605 w=A] ______ … [Read more...] about Developing Video Files with Adobe Camera Raw
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, I also have a variety of shooting styles to execute including time laps and video. I decided to go Micro Four-Thirds for this trip (and what I fit into one bag amazed even me). I'll be shooting for the next two weeks (and will share what I find as well as opinions on new … [Read more...] about How I Fit 6 Cameras and 16 Lenses into a Carry-On Bag
Do you have an old-fashioned mechanical cable release? Many of you may have never seen one. Most modern cameras work with electronic shutter releases for remote triggering. But some of the proprietary solutions for Nikon or Canon can cost north of $100. Enter Triggertrap. Their latest product, Triggertrap Mobile 2.0, is a new version of its iOS and Android mobile apps. It offers 14 different remote triggering options that work with your smart phone. This product was originally a Kickstarter project. As a matter of policy we only review … [Read more...] about Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 Mini Review
When creating a video project (particularly for a client), one of the best of the things you can create is a treatment. The treatment is considered a standard part of the development cycle for most film and television productions. The truth is that all kinds of video producers can benefit from creating a treatment. The goal is to write a single document that defines the videos concept and summarizes the creating approach to be taken. Usually this can be as short as a single page. The best part of making a treatment is that is formalizes the … [Read more...] about Writing a Video Treatment
Through the years, Ive learned a lot of lessons the hard way. While every project is unique, it often seems that the problems remain the same. If you are doing a personal project, think of yourself as the client. Here are a few questions I always encourage asking at the start of any video project: Who is our ultimate customer? Projects often have many parties involved. Be sure that you know who youre responsible to keep happy. Who is the target audience? Who should we design the video for so it appeals to their tastes and interests. There is … [Read more...] about Essential Questions to Ask at the Beginning of a Video Project
As a photographer, youre likely used to using to capture several shots. You capture them to have options... bracketing to cover the exposure range, or shoting safety shots to ensure focus. With video, you have even more reasons to get additional coverage... the narrative demands it. Shooting video is much more than capturing the action in one long shot. Sure, you might see this approach if you went to a play... the audiences point of view. But for film, television, and even web video... a collection of shorter shots are usuall edited … [Read more...] about Sequencing Shots to Tell a Video Story
Many photographers worry about making the switch to DSLR Video. The gear and the challenges can seem a bit overwhelming at first. I thought it might be helpful to point out some of the things the two mediums have in common. Your gear. The investment youve made in equipment translates very well. Your camera body likely shoots video, and good lenses are good lenses. Composing the frame. Youve probably spent a good deal of time practicing composition. Your ability to actually position the subject within a frame to tell a story goes a long … [Read more...] about What Do Video and Photography Have in Common?
The growth of broadband video has had an impact on the viewing habits of its users. Want to increase your business opportunities, start making and posting videos for your clients. Befiore you say its too hard... consider these facts. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, in 2013: 31% of American adult internet users upload or post videos online. 18% of American adult internet users post videos they have created or recorded themselvesmany of whom hope their creations go viral. 78% of American adult internet users watch … [Read more...] about Need More Money for Your Photo Business? Check Out The Growth of Video
Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. 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 … [Read more...] about DSLR Video, Terry White, and Matt Kloskowski — Photofocus Podcast 10/5/13
GoPro has unveiled two updated cameras... the Hero3+ Black and Silver editions. Weve 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). Its Smaller. GoPro boasts that the Black is 20% smaller and the Silver is 15% smaller. The press release says Innovative new housing yields a 20% smaller and lighter overall package when camera is installed in housing (waterproof to 40m). Well see. Sounds like the CASE is smaller... not the camera. When I … [Read more...] about How “New” is the New GoPro Hero3+ Camera?
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. [vimeo 75076233 w=A] Can't see the video? Click here. Here are the essential specs Technical Resolution 1080p Frame Rates 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p Dynamic Range 13 stops Media Type SDXC Cards Sensor Type CMOS Digital … [Read more...] about Unboxing the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
I had a great short film pass across my Facebook stream. With vibrant colors and classic editing pace, filmmaker shows his footage from a recent trip to Cuba. There are two things I like about this film. First, it gives a great portrait of a country and its people. Second, Paul shot the whole thing handheld with only a 50mm lens (proving that gear isn't everything). Here's his description: A trip with my girlfriend through a broken, but absolutely beautiful island! Lagged and broken, because of consequence of an economical embargo … [Read more...] about CUBA – Lost in Time
My colleague Scott Bourne took a recent look at the iPhone 5S from the point of view of a photographer. Lets turn to the other features the camera supports and look at it from a video point of view. Let's get the necessary Apple clarifications out of the way first. I own an iPhone 4S (didn't feel compelled to upgrade to the 5 at full price thanks AT&T) I will be ordering an iPhone 5S I currently use my iPhone 4S as a behind the scenes and point of view camera for some of my professional projects I only have access to the published … [Read more...] about How Does The iPhone 5S Stack Up as a Video Camera?
There is a disturbing new scheme out there to part photographers from their money. Companies selling so-called "E-Templates" are trying to convince you that "hybrid" photography will make you a fortune, BUT you NEED to use THEIR products to find all this new business. Sorry but I call bull you know what. I do believe that the market is hungry for a mixture of stills and video from photographers learning to add video to their packages and video shooters learning to add stills to their packages. This trend will continue to grow in my opinion. … [Read more...] about Photographers: Do You Really Need An “E-Template?”