Posts Tagged ‘Director of Photography’

New Gear I Got, Part The Third: Aputure LED Lights

July 18, 2017

This is the third of 6 short videos showing some of the new gear I’ve acquired since the end of last year; this one is all about some nifty new wireless Aputure LS-1C LED lamps, ideal for shooting interviews on location. More fun than it sounds 😉

 

ACTION ITEM: Relax. Hydrate. Meditate.

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More Face Care, Less Place Care

June 26, 2017

This might be a sort of longish post but bear with me – there’s some pretty good info at the end.

I just returned from capturing a video interview in Portland, Oregon in 4K (as opposed to the more standard 1080p – also too, h/t to the day’s Director of Photography, Luke Buckley). I was applying some pretty heavy concealer on the speaker’s prominent cheekbone where Luke was seeing some over-exposed patches in the viewfinder. As I sponged on the pancake, I was constantly checking with Luke to find that perfect “sweet spot” where the shine was gone but the man’s face wasn’t smothered in cake.

And that’s the thing. Shooting in 4K can render amazingly sharp and detailed images, but that also means it picks up every inflamed blemish, enlarged pore, and loose collar thread. Or makeup spackled on carelessly. You have been warned.

It wasn’t always like that. A couple of months ago the fam took an all-too-brief Seattle vacation where we checked out the Museum of Pop Culture. On display were fragile and aging sets from the original Star Trek series, cardboard and plywood held together by gaffers tape and a lot of wishful thinking. For the technologies of the day, of course, that was sufficient. But not a thing you’re going to get away with today. At the same time, today’s large-sensor 4K cameras mean that we can create a look where the main focus of the image is in sharp relief but the background is super blurry. It’s a very popular look at the moment:

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So here’s your takeaway – take extreme care with the images that will be in sharp focus: get a haircut; shave cleanly, be sure you’re wearing crisp, freshly-pressed clothing. Worry less about the details of the background: the pictures on the wall, the furniture stacked against the wall, the dark smear on the back wall.

New Gear I Got, Part The Second: DJIä OSMO

June 14, 2017

This is the second of six brief videos showing some of the new gear I’ve acquired since the end of last year; this one is about the DJI OSMO, a 4K camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal – essentially a drone mounted on a handle. Plus horsies!

New Gear I Got, Part The First: Kessler® Second Shooter

May 22, 2017

This is the first of six brief videos showing some of the new gear I’ve acquired since the end of last year; this first one is all about the Kessler Second Shooter device. The video runs a little long (still less than 3 minutes), for which I am deeply and truly sorry, but I’ve made up for it by including an insanely helpful tip at the end about making “Cheat Sheets” for complex equipment you may use only infrequently. Check it.

 


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