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. ______ … [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. 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 Video Formats … [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?”
A lot of photographers are experimenting with video shot on their DSLR cameras. Its 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, youre probably used to squinting into the viewfinder to get a great shot. The proper use of a viewfinder helps you accurately focus a shot. Most viewfinders also offer useful overlays to judge exposure and provide other technical information about the shot youre about … [Read more...] about Tired of Out of Focus Video? Get A Better View for Your DSLR
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 to five times higher than the $599 that Adorama charges for this kit. So what gives? Well I've been doing some digging and I have no idea if this applies to the product I am reviewing, but I do know that Adorama has been quietly … [Read more...] about Flashpoint DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle – Mini Review
I've had a lot of people ask me how to properly expose a DSLR camera when shooting video. It seems a bit tricky since you really need to shoot in Manual mode to get the best results. Here's a video I recorded for the DPBestflow project which may help you. _________ … [Read more...] about How to Expose a Video Shot on a DSLR
While this class focusses a bit on how to use Photoshop for video and DSLR video workflows, there's tons of tips in it that will help any user. Hopefully it gives you a few fresh ideas to try out. _____ … [Read more...] about A Free Photoshop Class On Time-Saving Techniques
Learn how to use the Philip Bloom PocketDolly with Scott Bourne. We're on location in Alaska to bring you this special report. _____ … [Read more...] about How Using A Slider Makes Your DSLR Video Look Like Real Movie Footage
We continue our look at editing video from a photographer's point of view. Be sure to check out these earlier articles (Why edit in Photoshop and The editing process). If you have Adobe Creative Cloud, you have three different choices when it comes to editing video. Additionally, the many suite configurations often put many software packages into the hands of Adobes customers. Many users often wonder which tool is right for their workflow. With so many choices, which is the right one? The answer it depends. Adobe Photoshop When it comes to … [Read more...] about Which Adobe App Should a Photographer Use to Edit Video?
While you may be surprised to hear this, there's a whole bunch of interesting stuff at NAB for photographers. Many of the same vendors that appear at the big photo shows (camera companies, lighting companies, software companies) also exhibit at NAB. They just do it bigger. With just under 100,000 attendees expected for this year's show, it's no wonder. The floor is packed and I was only able to look at a few of the things that I wanted to, but what I saw certainly intrigued me. First I should mention my bias. I am a photographer. I am not a … [Read more...] about The 2013 NAB Show From A Photographer’s Point of View
The act of editing a video can often seem a bit overwhelming. This is because it is a very specialized process and one that differs greatly from many photographic or design tasks. Understanding the standard workflow can help you complete an edit in less time and with less stress. Lets explore the essential steps at a high level (well dig much deeper in later posts). Ingest The first step to editing video is to transfer the footage from your camera or memory cards. Video files are much larger than photographs, so you'll often spend a lot … [Read more...] about How to Approach Editing Video in Photoshop
When Adobe unveiled the robust video editing capabilities with Photoshop CS6, the response from many was a simple Why? In some regards this is a legitimate question as for most, Photoshop is closely linked with digital photography. Its the tool used to develop and process images captured by cameras into a more useful state. Of course, why can't the same logic be applied to both video and photographic cameras (especially since these cameras seem to often be on a collision course as well)? Photoshop and its Video Roots Its important that you … [Read more...] about Why Edit Video in Adobe Photoshop?
By When working with a raw image, its very easy to clip data. This happens when you push too many details into a pure white or black state (causing a loss of detail). Locate in the Camera Raw dialog you'll see a Histogram display in the upper right corner. Click on one or both of the small triangles. The one on the left is for shadows and the one on the right for highlights. Once enabled, clipped shadows appear blue, and clipped highlights appear red. Make adjustments as needed, but be wary of clipping too much information. Taking effort … [Read more...] about 88 Secrets of Photoshop — Clipping Warnings
Every still camera comes with the ability to shoot video these days. For still photographers who are making the move to video there's one thing you should take to heart. I have never met a video that wouldn't benefit from some editing. The whole purpose of video is to compress time and distill a message to its essence. It is important that you refine a project by continuing to strip away its unneeded parts. Never have I heard an audience complain that a video was too short. There is a reason to edit and it becomes increasingly clear when you … [Read more...] about When it Comes to Video… Keep it Short
Time Lapse Made Using GoPro Hero3 Black Edition from Photofocus Video Channel on Vimeo. __________________________ … [Read more...] about Time Lapse With The New GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
Guest Post by Rich Harrington shows you how to edit video in Adobe Photoshop CS6 This video comes from the book and DVD - Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging ProfessionalsDISCLAIMER: This post isn't intended to be definitive - we're not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way to accomplish this task in Photoshop, Aperture, iPhoto or any other post-prodcessing program. We're merely offering it as A way you might accomplish this task. These tips are free, offered only because they might be helpful … [Read more...] about Video Editing In Adobe Photoshop CS6