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River Whyless Live Music Video!

In April, I had the pleasure of shooting the entire River Whyless performance at Bourgie Nights in downtown Wilmington, NC. The always awesome Rick Badger and Patrick Shea shot as well in order to cover everything from multiple angles.

Thanks to Sean from Bougie Nights for running sound and letting us grab the board audio!

DETAILS:
“Life Crisis” at Bourgie Nights in Wilmington, NC 4-18-2015
Shot By: Bradley Pearce, Patrick Shea, and Rick Badger
Edited By: Bradley Pearce
Audio: Zoom H4N
Cameras: Canon 6D, 5D mkII, GH4, GoPro Hero4

Get their music here:
riverwhyless.bandcamp.com/

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Photo Shoot: River Whyless


I had the awesome opportunity to do a photo shoot with a band this past weekend! River Whyless is a collection of down-to-earth, talented musicians based out of Asheville, NC. Do yourself a favor and get their album on Bandcamp, you will not be disappointed. Also, check their tour schedule because you do not want to miss them if they are playing near your city.  Continue reading


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NAB 2012 ROUND-UP

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Pre-NAB Announcements
Adobe announces Production Premium CS6!
Canon announces 4K capable DSLR ahead of NAB

The NAB show delivers year after year in terms new technologies that change the video production/broadcasting industry. This year’s NAB show had many new offerings worth checking out, below you can find some of the highlights, as well as, sources for more information on the show.

Autodesk Smoke for Mac
On Sunday, Autodesk announced that Smoke would be making it’s way onto the Macintosh operating system, and even with a price cut down to $3495.

Black Magic Design’s First Camera
Monday morning, Black Magic Design introduced their first entry into the cinematic camera industry. It’s equipped with a 2.5K image sensor boasting 13 stops of dynamic range. The camera will also have a built-in SSD recorder, touch screen LCD, meta data entry options, and compatibility with EF and ZF mount lenses. All packed in a hand-held design, this camera will be available in July for a price point around $3000. This will surely be an interesting camera to watch in the market.

Zacuto’s Plasma Light
Zacuto introduced a very interesting plasma light at NAB. The light is soft and won’t damage your eyes if you look directly into it. Check out the video below from Wide Open Camera talking to Zacuto about the plasma light, as well as other new Zacuto products.

JVC Ships Advanced Handheld Camera at NAB 2012
JVC’s impressive handheld 4K capable camcorder, the GY-HMQ10, started shipping on April 16 (during NAB). This little camcorder packs an incredible punch and especially for a low price point of $5550.
Read More Here

GoPro Announcements
GoPro has partnered with Technicolor and is broadening efforts to make the GoPro Cineform Codec more accessible to the professional production market.

Other Great Coverage:
Creative Cow, as always, has excellent coverage of the event in their news section. Other things to check out include Wide Open Camera’s vimeo channel, Richard Harrington’s vimeo channel, and DSLR News Shooter. These guys have some fantastic coverage of NAB with video interviews with some of the industry leading manufacturers.

Creative Cow
DSLR News Shooter
Wide Open Camera Interviews
Richard Harrington’s Vimeo/Pro Video Coalition


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TIME LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Greetings Readers,

I apologize, it has been quite sometime since my last post (*see NAB 2011) and I hope to get back into the groove of providing new content regularly on the blog.

I’ve been tinkering around with time lapse photography recently and just wanted to share some of the things that I am learning along the way so that maybe they will be helpful to others. This is my first real attempt at time lapse photography and I made sure to read up on it a bit before trying, but still found that I was lacking in terms of the amount of time and patience needed, so once I experiment some more and get the results I want, I’ll come back and edit this post. Below you can view my tiny experiment with a time lapse video of the night sky with rolling clouds and the moon.

I didn’t have nearly the amount of time to dedicate to this particular experiment as I would have liked but I’m not too disappointed in the way it turned out. Especially considering it was just a test to begin with. One should account for at least a few hours to create a solid time lapse, and consider your environment as a factor as well. Also, think about how long you would like the end product to be versus how long your exposures are and how often the camera will be capturing photos. Until recently, I didn’t think I had a way to program my DSLR camera for time lapse photography without an intervelometer. The Canon T2i (and most DSLR cameras) come with software that is VERY useful, I had taken this software for granted until recently. I was able to connect my camera to my laptop and program the time lapse through the camera’s software just the way I wanted it. The downside being you have to have the camera connected to the laptop, which is NOT ideal, but it works well in certain situations and is a more budget-friendly method than purchasing an intervelometer. Here is a nice tutorial on setting the T2i up for time lapse via it’s own software.

For this night sky time lapse, I decided to do 20 second long exposures every 30 seconds and ended up with 125 photos. This took about an hour and 15 minutes, and with 125 photos at 24 frames per second, the video was right around 5 seconds long (however I slowed the track down slightly to get an extra second out it). I made sure to change the picture quality to JPEG instead of RAW. The big advantage with this is the file size. You will be taking hundreds of photos for a time lapse and you don’t want to have to deal with hundreds of large sized RAW files when converting for video. Granted, there are times when you would want to do this, but that is another beast to deal with at a later time. So, I set my tripod up on the porch, aimed it at the moon, and started the programmed time lapse. With the naked eye, no stars were visible in the sky. But as you can see with the time lapse video, there are definitely stars in the sky. Leaving the shutter open for 20 seconds allowed the camera to expose them 🙂

There will be more to come once I practice some more, but I just wanted to share this and hopefully inspire someone to try out time lapse photography. Below you can find some helpful tips that I’ve learned along the way, thanks for reading.

Tips:

• Shoot in JPEG mode, not RAW as you will be taking hundreds (if not thousands) of photos for your time lapse
• Count on spending hours on this, consider how much time you want to capture in the time lapse
• It’s a given, but use a tripod and a very sturdy one that will not move with the wind or vibrate with people walking around
• You want a controlled environment, you will be there for quite sometime and you don’t want people walking around you and your equipment
• Long exposures (low shutter speed) are ideal
• Never shoot for time lapse in an auto mode, settings may adjust automatically in an unfavorable way
http://3exposure.com/ is a great resource for learning about time lapse photography


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NAB SHOW 2011

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This was my company’s third year in a row getting to visit the NAB Show in Las Vegas (though my first time), and we saw an ample amount of impressive technology in the multimedia production field. The convention is overwhelming to say the least, housing booths for industry leaders like Canon, JVC, Panasonic, Sony, Dolby, Adobe, Red, Autodesk, etc. and 30,000 people from all over the world visiting for demos, speakers, and insights on new technology.

PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT

The show floor was filled with cameras, stabilizers, lighting rigs, jibs, etc. to view and try out. Some of the larger “booths” including Sony, Canon, JVC, etc. had set up stages, lighting, and even models for show attendees to demo cameras & equipment on. It’s really nice to be able to try out this equipment on real sets to get an idea of exactly how it would work for your own business’ productions. There were many different booths featuring tripods, sliders, and various other camera stabilizers including Wilmington, NC’s Innocinema where we were able to demo a new Action Products stabilizer. Also, we were able to catch most of a Vincent Laforet Q & A.

Vincent Laforet

And we even got to see Kevin Smith discussing his new movie Red State.

Kevin Smith

Visiting the audio production booths, we were able to see all sorts of equipment like sound booths, microphones, headphones, stock music companies etc. To name a few, we visited Shure, Omni Music, and Whisper Room and were able to walk in isolation booths and listen to audio production samples.

Car Playing Record

Microphones

POST-PRODUCTION

Autodesk

The post-production section of the show featured demos, speakers, plug-ins, etc. We were able to visit Adobe, Autodesk, Maxon, Red Giant, RE: Vision Effects and many more. Most of these booths had speakers demoing the products and/or teaching different techniques. We spent time listening in on some lectures/demos with Richard Harrington at Adobe in which he showed off some After Effects & Premiere techniques.
Richard Harrington
We also listened in on a very in-depth creative process/Cinema 4D demo with Rob Garrott. Rob was incredibly thorough in his presentation and it was really nice to get that sort of creative/professional insight, learning about his process and seeing the project basically from start to finish. Also, the announcement of Final Cut Pro X was huge news around the NAB Show. Go here for some nice details and even video of the presentation, it will be available in June 2011.

*Also, with the tiny bit of down time that was available, I was able to visit the Hoover Dam! Below you can view an image I created using 14 pictures taken on my Canon Rebel T2i with a 50mm Lens.

The Hoover Dam

And some mountains around the Hoover Dam.

Hoover Mountains