Archive for the ‘DSLR’ Category


On this blog, I’ve written many times about the explosion of use for the DSLR cameras ( Canon 5d Mk11)  being used for high end productions.  From such shows as Saturday Night Live, House and numorous commercials, this trend has been growing rapidly.

At the forefront of this explosion is Shane Hurlbut ASC member. I’ve directed you to his blog several times, and this is another perfect time to do so with his post about the shooting of Act of Valor, just released in theaters. Shane and his crew shot all of the action sequences in AOV with the 5d. Take a look at this great post to read in detail of the shoot, including 132 behind the scenes photos.


I can’t wait to check this film out.

Shanes rock’n post: http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2012/02/22/act-of-valor-reinventing-the-action-genre/


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There are times that really hit why I went into image making, this would be one of them. If I wasn’t a photographer / videographer, I would not have forced myself out of the cozy warm motorhome before sunrise to get out and set this shot up. The morning before, I found this location, but got there a little too late. I knew if I got there right at dawn, before the sun peaked over the mountain top I would have a killer view of the sun rays screaming through the morning fog off the river. I wasn’t dissapointed.

See this image in motion below:                                              * Much more relaxing  at full screen

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This was a good use of the new GlideTrack I just purchased, you can see in this shot . Note the can of Behold furniture spray, a must to keep the camera glide smoothly on the track.

Shot at Convict Lake California, near Mammoth Lakes.  I was searching for the change of color in the local Aspen trees, I found some here for sure.

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ipad apps

Way too long since my last post. Along with normal work schedule, I’ve been moving my home, the schedule has been really crazy for awhile.

I want to share some of my new favorite ipad apps. By the way, yes, I love the ipad. Now that things are settling down with the move and shooting, I’m anxious to go out and show the new ipad portfolio, with video included! I’ll post when the new portfolio is up and ready.

In the mean time, these are some very helpful apps along with maybe a couple that are just fun.

First for the real killer ones for photographers / film makers. Other softwares have been around way before these cool apps that do kind of what these do, but these two sun tracking apps take it to a new level. I highly recommend for any photographer / DP that wants to save a ton of time scouting to follow sun angles for your next location shoot.  Just to geek out a bit, I typed in the Empire State building in NYC and typed in 3:00pm just to see where the sun would fall on it for this time of year, WOW, really cool. I tested it for in front of my house at several different times and it works really well. Here they are:

LightTrac: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lighttrac-for-ipad/id363963108?mt=8

Sunseeker: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sun-seeker-3d-augmented-reality/id330247123?mt=8

DSLR Slate: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dslr-slate/id374241045?mt=8

Use your ipad as a camera slate for your next DSLR film.

Infinote: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/infinote-todos-ideas-notes/id364356810?mt=8

Keep unlimited sticky notes on unlimited cork boards all easy to view. I found this very helpful for a recent project where I had multiple client email/ phone notes and wanted  to keep track of them all on one “bulletin board”.

PaperDesk:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paperdesk-lite-for-ipad/id367563434?mt=8

Never be without a pad of paper for any kind of notes.  Can draw with color pencils to sketch ideas or just kill time on a plane playing “hang man”.

Adobe ideas:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-ideas-1-0-for-ipad/id364617858?mt=8

Very similar to above PaperDesk, but I like the ability to do multiple undo’s with this app. You can import a picture from your library and draw directly on it for notes to clients, or make lighting notes. Unlimited uses for this. By the picture from Adobe below, you can even sketch out your favorite dress. I’ll stick with lighting diagrams thank you Adobe.

It’s an App world we live in now, lets embrace it and  use them to their fullest potential to make our life a little easier and more fun at the same time.

Happy Apping

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This video was all shot on the Canon 5dMk11. Beautiful use of slider for camera

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Converting 5dMk11 video footage

Those of you shooting with your Canon 5d Mk11 for HD video, this a a very helpful article from Vincent Laforet’s blog. By the way, all you should follow Vincent’s blog as well for lots of great inspiration and tech advise.

Convert H:264 to Apple ProRes


Click on link

Vincent LaForet _ H264 to ProRes 422

Thanks Vincent for post!

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