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06.24.16         photography  

What's In Nat Geo Photographer Bob Holmes' Travel Bag

Spring/Summer is a popular time for getting out there and doing some traveling. I've noticed that many of my followers do a lot of traveling. I get so many emails from people who have questions about travel photography. What should I take? What do I need? What don't I need? How do I get great shots?

I think you'll find the video really helpful. Bob Holmes is a veteran, award-winning National Geographic photographer. Getting a view inside a pros bag is always insightful. You'll learn what camera bodies and lenses Bob brings with him around the world. (He's a Nikon user.) You might be shocked at how minimal his bag is. He also shares some simple practical tips for being comfortable while you're exploring the world.

What interesting is that Bob gets all of his bags from our friends over at Think Tank Photo. Because as he says; they're designed by photographers. I couldn't agree more and if you're in the market for a quality camera bag, they really are the best.

06.23.16         photography  

Canon 6D Mark II and Other Rumors

Many were hoping for Canon to release an update to their popular 6D camera in 2016. Unfortunately, it looks like this won't be happening this year. According to Canon Rumors the Canon 6D Mark II is slated to be released some time in 2017. The good news is there's chatter about an entirely new camera. A never before seen camera that is NOT an update to an existing model.

The information and speculation is scarce as theses camera are still along way off from actual production but if we hear anything else, you'll be the first to know.

Meanwhile if you do own the current 6D you can check out my full crash course training video HERE.

06.22.16         photography  

Mark on a Bike

If you love photography, adventure, and travel then you should definitely check out Mark on a Bike. Mark Wallace is an American photographer and photography educator who's sponsored by Adorama. Now he's grabbing life by the horns and going on an epic journey.

In his words; "The plan is to ride my BMW R1200 GS Adventure to six of the seven continents..." He says his estimates is that it will take two years but he's very loose about the timeline and doesn't really mind if it takes up to five years. He just want to do it. CLIC HERE to learn all about his journey, see photos, and updates.

The video below is Mark while traveling through Jalcomulco, Mexico.

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06.21.16         video  

How to Shoot and Edit a Timelapse by Bloomberg Documentary Filmmaker Griffin Hammond

Speaking in simply visual terms timelapse videos have an enormous impact. Everyone loves and can easily become mesmerized by them. Maybe you've been thinking about trying to do one for yourself. Maybe you've watched them and feel completely overwhelmed on how to even begin making one.

Here's the good news! Bloomberg documentary filmmaker, Griffin Hammond has shared two very insightful videos on his process for both producing and editing his timelapse videos. This is such a great place to start on your journey as a timslaspe filmmaker. Check them out below.

06.20.16         video  

'The Secret World of Foley"

A Foley Artist is a person who creates sound for movies in a studio. Often times sound is either not recorded well during a shoot or is lost when other (louder) sound footage is picked up. Sometimes the sound isn't recorded at all with the specific intention to record it in the studio afterward to ensure clear, clean sound. Sound has such a huge impact on movies. Most moviegoers don't notice the subtleties but that's really kind of the point. Without it though movies would quickly feel very dull.

I really enjoyed watching this short film about the craft of a Foley Artist. Having just got off a movie set I understand very well how collaborative making a movie is. It is perhaps the most collaborative art from. To have a seamless finished product you need the hard work, skill, and dedication of so many different talented people.

It's skills like these that often go unnoticed but are critical for emotionally effective storytelling. Check out the video below to see this beautiful short movie about the fascinating work of a Foley Artist.

The Secret World of Foley from Short of the Week on Vimeo.

06.19.16         photography  

Joe Edelman Shares Great Advice for Backdrops

If you're interesting in studio portraiture and want some very solid advice, this video is an excellent resource. Joe explains what the ONE backdrop you need is and why. He also delves into some great tips and how to achieve different color backgrounds for dramatic effect. The video is riddled with awesome tips and trick and I highly recommend you check it out.

You can learn more about Joe and his work Joe Edelman.

06.18.16         movie reviews  

Central Intelligence

It was ok...not as good as Rush Hour movies, but still fun. I would say this is a definite rental, and if you see it in theaters have low expectations and you will probably be happy with it.

06.17.16         movie reviews  

Finding Dory

I was disappointed with "Finding Dory", incredible animation work but the story was far too similar, and far inferior to the original. I would say at most rent it, but feel Finding Nemo was a much better story. Would say avoid seeing it in theaters (not worth it) and I fell asleep halfway through!

06.16.16         instagram  

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06.15.16         video  

Beautiful 4K Underwater Footage w/Canon 1DX

Backscatter is a photo and video supplier out of California that specializes in underwater gear. They gave the Canon 1DX a spin to see what the 4K video can do. Let me just say, it looks amazing. In their words: "With excellent low light abilities and 4K 60p video, you can be sure this is the camera the pros will be shooting for a while."

This video will give you a pretty good idea of what the 1DX is capable of. Unfortunately, they don't mention which lenses they used. Anyway the video is really beautiful and you can check it out below.

Canon 1DX Mark II Camera First Dives Underwater from Backscatter on Vimeo.

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