Posts Tagged ‘tips’

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

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.

Flash Flood for Dry Mouth

July 28, 2017

I always make sure an interview subject has a bottle of water nearby to battle “dry mouth”. But an experienced special event producer friend, Stephanie Nix, offers her speakers this stuff.

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It’s a squirt of gel, minty fresh, to lube up your speaker’s mouth parts with a shot of moisture. Gonna try this out.

ACTION ITEM: Try it, let me know what you think

Bottle Battle

July 24, 2017

Here’s a quick travel tip, since these seem to be most popular posts here: before I fly I place a bottle of water in the console of my car so when I return (usually way dehydrated from flying) it’s within reach for a rapid rehydration. It really cuts down on the headaches and tiredness I sometimes feel after a flight, long or short… plus makes me sweeter to be around once I get home 😉

ACTION ITEM: Leave a bottle of water next to the driver’s seat before your departure

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Here There Be Faeries (slightly NSFW)

July 21, 2017

I was out having keys made when my eyes caught a blur of color in the dry grass.

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I looked closer and there they were.

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It’s amazing how much of life happens when we’re too busy to notice. There’s a saying in photography to “move your feet”, meaning find a new perspective on the image you’re capturing – go higher, lower, from behind a tree – move your feet.

ACTION ITEM: Look closer today. Move your feet.

 

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.

Sink or Sync

July 17, 2017

Here’s a tip for being part of team traveling for business (which also works exquisitely for family travel): make sure, wherever possible, each person carries the same brand and/or model of electronic device (phones, laptops, tablets, etc.) as other members; that way you all also carry the same chargers and accessories! When a charger or other accessory goes kaput for one member of the team (or family!), they can share another member’s charger without having to make a bothersome side trip to an electronics retailer.

ACTION ITEM: Planning a trip? Share technical requirements before you get to the airport

Things Everybody Knows About Except Me, Part 2

July 14, 2017

I saw this in Rimini Street’s Michael Louie’s office wall, a graphic and kinetic method for keeping track of projects 1. to be, 2. being, and 3. been.

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I’d never seen anything like it before and thought it was pretty cool. Then Michael told me it was, in fact, a tried and proven system for “just in time” manufacturing and quality assurance, called Kanban (ˈkänbän/), in use for nearly a generation. Regardless, I like the visual representation of various projects working their jolly way through to completion. I can imagine the shiver of satisfaction I’d experience every time I moved a Post-it® to the column on the right.

ACTION ITEM: Try it

Things Everybody Knows About Except Me, Part 1

July 12, 2017

Ordered a beer with my room service salad in Portland OR, and it was delightful (a locally-brewed IPA). But the room service – guy? – suggested next time I order a super-chilled Shock Top® in a frosty mug with a slice of orange. Couldn’t get it out of my mind, so when I got back home I immediately made one (that’s right, even before unpacking).

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I later mentioned it to a buddy who gleefully informed me I was the last human on earth who knew about this.

ACTION ITEM: Try it.

Stay Wired (Kind of Wonky)

July 5, 2017

At the same trade show last week, I had to use my wireless lavalier (microphone) setup on the event floor, which is almost always an ill-advised use of the technology. Porque? These environments are flooded with RF (a set of Radio Frequencies used for communications or radar signals), so whatever frequency you’ve chosen may be invaded by another passing radio (I’ve found this is usually facility security), risking a good quality audio capture. Conversely, if you’re broadcasting using an unallocated frequency, you may impose the same rudeness on someone else.

I was on a job about a year ago where I was taping participants in a videoconference room in the Bay Area who were yakking with meeting attendees in a second videoconference facility in New York City. The NYC location was smack-dab in the middle of a technology demo room awash with RF. The NYC crew (whom I did not hire) showed up with only wireless audio tools and wasted a good 40 minutes trying to locate an open and clean frequency. A more experienced crew would have known that wireless was a risky gear choice in an environment like that.

Be safe. Wherever it’s possible, choose a wired option – good quality XLR cables not only efficiently manage audio signals, they’re usually shielded to avoid interference from unwanted sources

ACTION ITEM: Unless your speaker requires the ability to move through three-dimension space or you have deep and legitimate concerns about the safety of laying an XLR cable on the floor, choose a wired audio setup.


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