Posts Tagged ‘technology’

There’s My Lucky Penny!

September 26, 2017

I peeled off my mobile phone case while hanging out Saturday in the airline lounge. Must be like finally getting a cast taken off – boy, was it nasty in there. I’m replacing the old one with this one. Prolly not the least bit practical but boy does it look keen.

 

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Watch Me Disappear

September 19, 2017

We’re super excited at the debut of new facilities at local media powerhouse NCTV; in particular their newly-created green screen “cyclotron”, shown here with Executive Director Ramona Howard. Both my son, Andy, and I have memberships at NCTV and are eager to put these new facilities to the test. We may be shooting a green screen video test Friday – we’ll let you know how it works out.

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ACTION ITEM: Stand by for the verdict

Greg Smith on working onsite with Bill Rolland

September 15, 2017

Greg Smith, Director at Cisco, describes why he uses Bill Rolland to shoot and edit onsite, especially at events where social media plays an important role.

ACTION ITEM: If you have an event that can benefit from posting videos in near real-time (and, honestly, which wouldn’t?), talk to Bill.

Less Is More When It Comes To Graphs

August 28, 2017

Very fun animated GIF – I was a bit skeptical when it started but totally sold by its conclusion. Watch, learn, and make better graphs

ACTION ITEM: Make your graphs as clean and simple as possible – this goes for any PowerPoint slide as well – remove as much as you can, then toss out half of what’s left

Off The Beaten Path Part 2: The Red Frog

August 17, 2017

The idea behind the “Off The Beaten Path” series were the many humble, out-of-the-way, inconspicuous bars, clubs, and restaurants we motor by every day without having the curiosity to stop in and check them out. We selected a starter batch of three (Dew Drop Inn, the Red Frog Bar and Grill and The Washington Hotel). Our host at the Red Frog, Randy Brock, showed us a rear deck for a shooting location that, though a bit cramped, worked surprisingly well as a shoot location. Here’s what the set up looked like…

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…and here’s the result:

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ACTION ITEM: Before you set up for your shoot, take a look around and consider every possibility

Off The Beaten Path Part 1: Dew Drop Inn

August 15, 2017

I was on a three-location whirlwind shoot-a-thon this past week creating a lifestyle series for our local newspaper The Union, working title: “Off The Beaten Path”. First stop is The Dew Drop Inn where we interviewed new owner and gracious host Lori Godfrey. Producer was Emily Rolland, Andy Rolland directed and will be editing, and Carson Hall ably served as Camera Operator. I was there for steady leadership and charm 😉 We brought, I think, three different camera platforms but the one we used in the dark environment of the barroom was the Sony a7S. I like this camera for its inconspicuous footprint; but also for its ability to reduce noise (that graininess you see in an image under low-light conditions), even at an ultra-high ISO of 16,000. Here’s what our two speakers looked like:

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ACTION ITEM: Choose the right camera for the job

PHX Timelapse

August 9, 2017

The fam recently took a vacation to Flagstaff AZ (way more fun than it sounds), flew back home out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. As our plane arrived Andy captured this short (18 seconds) time lapse clip on his iPhone.

ACTION ITEM: Look at it. Look. At. It.

Nope to the Eleventy Billionth Power

August 8, 2017

A favored treat of a favorite client. I’m speechless.

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ACTION ITEM: If you’re brave, you can get this at Starbucks

My Town

August 4, 2017

I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where this kind of nonsense is common:

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ACTION ITEM: Mind the rattlesnakes.

A Lovely City

August 2, 2017

This is the second shot I’ve posted of – what I think is – one of the most photogenic city in the world (from this past spring):

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Okay, here’s my rule about being a tourist and taking photos: don’t waste your time taking photos that someone’s already taken and likely done a way better job than you can ever hope to. Like shots of the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Canyon. Concentrate on the faces of the people you’re with and reminders of the many small moments you want to remember most – like the swirly design in your cappuccino made by that zany barista in Crown Heights.

ACTION ITEM: Get your vaycay glamour shots on Google Images.


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