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Zoom

March 3, 2010

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Zoom

If your picture isn’t good enough, you’re not close enough. -Robert Capa No better words have been spoken. For stills or for video. When I started shooting I had not heard those words but my gear forced me to live it. The servo zoom on my old Ikegami ate up so much power my two […]

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Roll with it

February 24, 2010

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Roll with it

Moments of sight and sound are what make videos strong, powerful, memorable. But one of the first things shooters forget to do is ROLL. I know it sounds crazy but you have to roll to capture moments. You get caught up in the moment and forget to push the button. If you see it thru […]

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Dreaming of Spring

February 19, 2010

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I don’t know about you, but I am very much looking for spring to arrive. I am saying that just as I am getting ready to head out to Yellowstone for my “Winter in Yellowstone” photo workshop… go figure. As I start thinking of the images I want make come spring time, I start by […]

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Recording audio with your video DSLR, Part I

February 12, 2010

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Recording audio with your video DSLR, Part I

I hope you got a chance to read Ricks excellent article on how important sound is when shooting video. Well in the short time I have been shooting video seriously I have very quickly learned that sound is often more important than the video itself. To that end, I have talked to many folks about […]

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Sound is Often Just as Important as Sight in dSLR Videos

February 5, 2010

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Sound is Often Just as Important as Sight in dSLR Videos

If you shoot videos with your dSLR, getting good sound quality on-site should be a top priority – unless you plan to add a sound track later. Good sound starts with a good mic, because the in-camera mic is: a) not that great, and b) it picks up even the slightest camera noise, including auto-focusing […]

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Preparing Your DSLR Videos for Editing

January 13, 2010

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With the introduction of the Canon 5D Mark II and its true High Definition video capabilities, the Digital SLR landscape was changed forever. You can now expect every new Digital SLR to have similar capabilities. As photographers, we find ourselves having to learn something new, not just artistically, but also technically. One of the main […]

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Video Review of the Mongoose M3.5b Gimbal Tripod Head

December 30, 2009

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I recently had to opportunity to test and review the Mongoose M 3.5b Gimbal Tripod Head for super telephoto lenses. The first thing I have to say is that I am very impressed with this compact and lightweight gimbal head. Very lightweight and packs easily. Craftsmanship is superb, and you can tell the folks at […]

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What is the best video camera for you?

November 23, 2009

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What is the best video camera for you?

People ask me all the time, “what is the best camera to shoot video?” My answer, “the one that has the qualities that match your ideas”. Cameras don’t take images moving or still. People do. People with ideas. There are 100s of camera choices for video today. Cell phones. Digital SLRs. The RED and Phantom. […]

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Editing Canon 7D & 5D MarkII video

November 23, 2009

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I hear about so many people having problems editing 7D & 5D2 video that I thought it would be worthwhile posting a quick note on one of the easiest ways to edit it. The 7D & 5D2 video format is called h.264, this is the most advanced video compression format around, meaning that it can […]

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Pine Barrens Treefrogs Video

November 3, 2009

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A quick High Definition video of some Pine Barrens Treefrogs I recently had the opportunity to shoot. Pine Barrens Treefrogs are listed as a “Near Threatened” species. They occur in only three in three distinct populations in the the eastern United States. These include the Sandhills of North and South Carolina, the New Jersey Pine […]

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