Monday, November 8, 2010

jpeg vs. raw, machine-gun shooting, & video: have fun & rock out developing your own style!

there is no one right solution in art.  but yet, the internet plays home to many people who want you to only shoot photography their way.  many of them tend to be anti-technology, and they do not want you shooting burst sequences, nor using your dslr to shoot video, nor enjoying the 10 fps capabilities of your camera.  they have even gone so far as to rail against the very existence of video on canon and nikon dslrs, suggesting that nikon and canon ought remove these wonderful features!  and then, although famous full-time pro photographers regularly shoot 15-20 frames in burst mode, the internet naysayers insist that if the pros were really all that good, they would only need 2-4 clicks.  lol!  well, i say listen to the pros!  and rock out with dslr video--a prevalent theme of this blog. have fun learning from those who are shooting full-time, making money, & covering prestigious evens such as the olympics!

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical/shooting_sport.do
 
generally speaking, on a windy day outdoors, machine-gun shooting can come in handy. especially if the model has long hair and/or is in motion. in a studio setting, machine-gun shooting is not quite so necessary, unless the model is in motion.

when one has full control over light and has experience with a given camera, then jpg can be great. when the exposure may be in question, and/or when one is shooting a dark object against a bright background, or vice versa, raw would be the better way to go. raw gives more flexibility in post-processing, so if it's an image you're going to want to photoshop a lot, go with raw! also, many say that ultimately raw can give sharper images, but that would depend on a lot!

the general trends are towards 1) less expensive hard drives 2) less expensive CF/SD cards, so the fact that both raw shooting and machine-gun shooting tend to take up a lot of space fast, is becoming less and less a factor. also, jpeg oft works better for machine-gun shooting as it allows for faster/more continuous shots--so if you're shooting a model with long hair on a windy day, continous/jpeg is probably your best bet for catching a usable photo.

long story short--shoot both jpegs and raw--shoot both machine-gun style and short bursts! see what works for you and your camera, as the raw vs. jpeg feel varies form camera to camera! keep the options open and use them creatively in the shoot, as needed.

and finally, play around with the video on your camera! i recently saw many people in a forum adamantly stating that they wanted canon and nikon to *remove* the video from their dslr cameras, and i don't think they were joking!  last night i was reading a magazine and all the up-and-coming pros featured were talking about how they were using the canon 5d to shoot video too--i'll find the article and post some excerpts here. the bottom line--have fun playing around with the video!

rock on, have fun, & shoot it all! :) develop your own style. & remember it's not about the camera, nor you even, but the photograph.

Hero's Journey Entrepreneurship Principle #51: Play.


Carl Jung: The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

Heraclitus: Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

Michael Jordan: Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

George Bernard Shaw: We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

R.P. Feynman: I was in the cafeteria (at Cornell) and some guy, fooling around, throws a plate in the air.  As the plate went up in the air I saw it wobble, and I noticed the red medallion of Cornell on the plate going around. It was pretty obvious to me that the medallion went around faster than the wobbling. I had nothing to do, so I start figuring out the motion of the rotating plate. I discovered that when the angle is very slight, the medallion rotates twice as fast as the wobble rate—two to one. It came out of a complicated equation! I went on to work out equations for wobbles. Then I thought about how the electron orbits start to move in relativity. Then there's the Dirac equation in electrodynamics. And then quantum electrodynamics.  And before I knew it… the whole business that I got the Nobel prize for came from that piddling around with the wobbling plate.  –Surely Your Joking, Mr. Feynman

Plato: You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

Tiger Woods: Don't force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It's the child's desire to play that matters, not the parent's desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.

GK Chesterton: The true object of all human life is play.  Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. 

Carl Jung: Without the playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth.  The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Ultimate One-Man Patent-Pending 9SHOOTER Rig: Increasing Annual Revenue/Money/Cashflow/$$$$ With Audio, Video, and Stills Capability

SOME FEEDBACK FOR THE PATENT-PENDING 9SHOOTERTM!
"I like your red bracket. What brand is that?" --D-Lens
"Nice equipment :)" --Wojtek Toman
"Wow, that's an insane setup." --Evan Bey, flickr pro
"I love the setup... one of the setups I'm looking for.... cool..." -- Rushh (Colors of Life)
"Nice Idea." --kaneohe247 flickr pro
"I will have to try this I'm curious of the actual turnout. the perspective of the video might be useful." --lawrence james
"I think it's a great idea!  My main function is as a photographer.  That means my MAIN concern is still images.  However, I'm looking for every single value-added step that I can take to gain extra profit with low/no extra effort.  If I can add a rig like this to my shoots , I can run video as a secondary option.  The video camera isn't important at that point as the stills are what my client's ORIGINALLY came to me for. . . We, as photographers, have to see the extra value that we can provide the clients these days.  Anyone can take a good picture with today's technology.  You have to separate yourself from the crowd by what you can offer... " --Mark Ellison
"The more I look at this idea the more I like it. And the dual camera rig is very interesting, also.  But how does the union feel about this? You are putting a cameraman out of work." --Amazing Productions
"I'm going to write a blog message about this convergence.  I see a lot of resistance to the idea on this thread and I admit I have been too.  But I just shot my first few videos myself and I have to say, it is absolutely compelling.  Mixing video/audio/stills together is a bad ass media package for just about any event, depending on the intent of the end product."--DarioImpiniPhotography
"After the shoot, I'll keep my normal workflow for the images.  I'll slice up the video into individual clips, eliminating the 90% of it that shows my feet as I talk to the model, is shaky, etc.  I'll take the best of those clips, use something automated like ANIMOTO to make it look "shiny and purty", and offer that up as an extra service to the client.  Every client loves it when I show it big-screen because it makes them look like a "SupaStar" when they put it on FB, MySpace, etc." --Mark Ellison
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journalism The 9SHOOTERTM: A compact, flexible, versatile, & SIMPLE mini-multi-mount bracket philosophy for a new era of cameras and shooters.
Well, it's tough times for business out there, so we artists and entrepreneurs need every advantage we can get. The 9shooter philosophy is all about improving and expanding one's skills while surfing the technological revolutions to the max. How much money/revenue/cashflow could you add to each shoot by incorporating audio and video? $200? $500? $700+? If you do 30+ shoots a year, this could easily boost your income by $10,000 - $20,000 or more, while also expanding your client base! And $10,000 would be more than enough to cover all the pro equipment below, with cash to spare, even if you were starting from scratch!

How much value would the ability to capture HD video & HD audio be during a photoshoot for you? For that matter, how much value would it add to be able to capture high-quality stills while recording audio and video? Suppose you mounted an HD video camera under your DSLR and offered your clients--be it a wedding party or newspaper editor--a running, unedited video of everything you shot that day? A few hundred dollars here and there extra on each shoot, and it would all begin to add up!

And too, imagine the marketing potential of generating interest amongst local realtors with pictures of your rig, which would allow you to capture both HD video and stills simultaneously of any of their properties. And if you work with an assistant/partner, imagine if you both rocked out with the 9shooter philosophy?



Suppose you are a documentarian, photojournalist, or wedding photographer. Suppose you have been called to perform a fashion shoot for a clothing line, and the client just asked if perhaps you could film a video too--some audio and video from the shoot, and some behind-the-scenes video too. Well, in addition to getting a couple extra video cameras and mounting them on tripods, or mounting your backup hd-capable dslr on a tripod--perhaps you could rig up something like the following below with a compact 9shooter multi-mount bracket or two.

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Cameras have gotten smaller and more powerful, and mics and lights have followed suit in becoming miniaturized! Compared to just a couple years ago microphones, wireless receivers, audio recorders and lights have all shrunk immensely, and it's time for a bracketology (bracket philosophy) that capitalizes on these trends, allowing each and every photographer/videographer to pack the maximum amount of power in the minimum amount of space. Or, we could literally spend more on one of the older, bulkier brackets than we do on quality lights/mics/audio recorders combined! (future article on this!)



MOUNT THE 9SHOOTER ABOVE OR BELOW THE CAMERA, USE 1-4 BRACKETS OR MORE AS NEEDED, & USE THE 9SHOOTER WITH STEADICAMS, TRIPODS, FLUID-HEADS, AND DSLR/FOLLOW-FOCUS RIGS:


Even the below simple 9shooter bracket configuration would allow one to mount a quality microphone/audio recorder/wireless receiver on the 9shooter bracket:
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Even if you do work with a partner or two, imagine the revenue increase if all of you rocked out with the 9shooter philosophy!

SOME FEEDBACK FOR THE PATENT-PENDING 9SHOOTER!

"I like your red bracket. What brand is that?" --D-Lens

"Nice equipment :)" --Wojtek Toman

"Wow, that's an insane setup." --Evan Bey, flickr pro

"I love the setup... one of the setups I'm looking for.... cool..." -- Rushh (Colors of Life)

"Nice Idea." --kaneohe247 flicrk pro

The 9SHOOTER received the "My Gear & Me" Award from flickr, as well as the "My Gear and Me Premium" award.





Check out the 9SHOOTER's unmatched versatility!

Suppose you want to...
...add lights and mics to your run & gun rig--9SHOOTER!
...shoot stills and video simultaneously--9SHOOTER!
...add an audio recorder under your DSLR--9SHOOTER!
...add a wireless receiver & lights to your run & gun rig--9SHOOTER! 
...have an extra camera angle throughout the wedding--9SHOOTER! 
...capture stills & video at a red carpet event--9SHOOTER! 
...be able to rotate your video camera relative to the dslr--9SHOOTER! 
...add a shotgun mic while keeping your flash shoe free--9SHOOTER! 
...capture stills and video as a photojournalist--9SHOOTER! 
 
 
 
 
 
Perfect for shooting simultaneous stills & video of surfers and action sports!


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Monday, September 6, 2010

"National Geographic now looks to only hire still photographers who are also video-trained!"

Well, you can't ignore National Geographic photographers and editors with over 25-years of career experience!

From the luminous landscape website:

Chris Sandberg

I attended a lecture/slide show/presentation by photographer Sam Abell last week, as part of the National Geographic Live! season in Minneapolis. Mr. Abell has had a 25-year career shooting for National Geographic, and he was asked what an aspiring young photographer who wanted to follow in his footsteps should do, He responded that the National Geographic now looks to only hire still photographers who are also video-trained! His advice was that young photographers should be sure they are versed in both disciplines.
So, we may be seeing not only the tip of the iceberg on the technology side, but truly a convergence on the artistic side, as well.
--http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/convergence.shtml
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Great issue of DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY magazine from the UK on the stands right now!!! "pros will be eventually expected to deliver web-worthy package of movies and stills."

Great issue of DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY magazine from the UK on the stands right now!!! "pros will be eventually expected to deliver web-worthy package of movies and stills."

Check out the very last page where Caroline Wilikinson writes:

“…. HD video is slowly entering the marketplace as standard in DSLRs and pros will be eventually expected to deliver web-worthy package of movies and stills. There are already examples of where stills and moves have been merged. For instance, have you noticed the moving magazine covers or corporate portraits on website? Video is already starting to take the place of pictures on news provider’s websites too. It was always said a picture is worth a thousand words, well now you can get 24 frames-per-second—now that’s a lot more words….

HD video is set to take over commerical and advertising photography as campaigns turn from print to online. And editorial photography is in question too. … People argue that the magazine industry is solid, that most people like the feel of a magazine each month in thr hands…But is the apple ipad just a fad or the start of something far more progressive? Photographers will more than likely have to learn how to shoot multimedia, edit video and more importantly come up with creative solutions that blow the amateur out of the water, if they’re to continue earning incomes as a full-time pro."

—Caroline Wilikinson, p. 146, Parting Shot, August 2010, Digital SLR Photogaphy, (from the UK)
"Photographers will more than likely have to learn how to shoot multimedia, edit video and more importantly come up with creative solutions that blow the amateur out of the water, if they’re to continue earning incomes as a full-time pro." --Digital SLR Photogaphy, (from the UK)

I think this is one of those "mutimedia creative solutions that blow the amateur out of the water:"
http://www.diyphotography net/a-diy-9shooter-shooting-stills-video-simultaneously-audio-too A DIY 9Shooter: Shooting Stills & Video Simultaneously & Audio Too! | DIYPhotography.net

Imagine you master this!:) Revenues might not double, but they will increase!

Or are we to doubt the experts in the UK published in professional magazines?
"Having regular contact with industry leaders, and many of the UK's professionals, has shown me that the goalposts are already starting to shift for full-time pros--and as a result they have to up their game and change strategy . . . pros will be eventually expected to deliver web-worthy package of movies and stills." --
—Caroline Wilikinson, p. 146, Parting Shot, August 2010, Digital SLR Photogaphy, (from the UK)
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