Archive for March, 2011:
First thing up to open was my Polaroid 4 Piece multi-coated filter kit. Came with UV, CPL, FLD, and a Warming. I was especially attracted to the warming filter, due to it helping tremendously when shooting any photos/video of people. (although really I should be shooting flat and color correcting in post..but this is for not so serious shots. I grabbed a 52mm set, because of my 14-42mm Lumix G Vario, and my new canon 28mm f2.8. I was sort of leaning towards buying a set to fit my Neewer .45x Wide angle, but after receiving the set, there’s actually 52mm threads on the filter too, so the attachment just screws right on! Also in that little Amazon box was 4 8gb Transcend class 10 Cards. Needed more for out in the field.
Next up is the FlyCam Nano replacement. Seems to be actually functioning right this time. Not only that, but the handle is actually I think 2 inches longer, THANK GOD! I’ll have a full review on the FlyCam in a week or so.
And now for the big boxes! One was a 30″ duffel bag, to hold all my gear for traveling (don’t really need to show a picture of that..ha). As well as the Cowboy Studio 1600w Lighting Kit! Was super excited to receive my first ever lighting kit. I had spent QUITE some time looking around for a 2 light set with soft-boxes AND barn doors. After using them once now, they are worth every penny. Although the soft boxes rent so easy to setup, maybe its just cause I’m still new at all this! I’m really excited about the loads of new equipment that keeps arriving. I cant wait to start doing as many projects as I can find time for!
Over the last weekend, my friend Johnny Berg and I traveled to Winthrop to pickup our friend Steven Sullivan. Left my place at 9 got to Lake Chelan by 11:30. Needless to say it was an amazing weekend. Got a LOT of great footage, and I am extremely happy with how the video turned out! Take a gander for yourself!
Canon 50mm f1.8 S.S.C.
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm
X-Grip Skate Handle
Edited on Sony Vegas 10.
Wow, idk what came over me the last while, but it has been QUITE some time since I last posted. So many things have happened! My father has invested in me, leading to copius equipment showing up in the next week(we’ll get to this more in a bit!). But real quick let me to setup my camera for a timelapse (without an intervalometer by speeding up video). Anyways, back to business.
Recently my father donated to my business, helping me more than I could have ever imagined. First up I ordered the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Lens off Amazon. I defiantly needed a wider lens. I have been stuck on my Canon 50mm f1.8 (not that I’m complaining, its a GORGEOUS lens!) but it was a much needed widen of what I was used to.
Also, in my first box was the Opteka X-Grip, quite the nice handle!
I used it more than anything on my first shoot with it, and the shots came out clean as heck. The X-Grip is easily worth every penny, if you’re shooting that kind of shot. I’ve made ones in the past out of PVC pipe, and I mean they work, but you don’t look to professional with white PVC toy on a thousand dollar camera. All in all the build is pretty sturdy, except i do notice the arch of the handle + the weight of the camera can create a kind of bouncy sway effect due to the fact its made out of plastic. But none the less, worth every penny. I’ll defiantly continue to use this thing on a daily basis and buy more if they break in the long run.
To help out the wide angleness I put on the Neewer 52mm .45x Wide Angle Lens on my new 14-42 and it looks pretty nice! The corners have vignetting around the corners, as well as blurriness near all sides…but hey, what can you expect for 10 bucks!
Another thing that came in a couple days later was my FlyCam Nano!!! Needless to say I was overly ancy to get my hands on this puppy. I’ve seen so many review videos and sample videos I felt I had to have one. Upon arrival I immediately looked up balance videos to get the 100% gist of everything. That way I know I wouldnt miss a thing. After about an hour of balancing it, I felt like I had it perfect, but then once the camera was turned 90, 180, or 270 degrees it became off balance. So I hopped online and found a video of someone with the same problem! (Here) Apparently the gymbal needs to be re-calibrated.. Needless to say I was pretty dissapointed, so I contacted the company and they have issued a replacement immediatly (we’ll see if this works, I’ve heard they send you new ones and they still don’t work). Should be here in the next couple days, along with a LAUNDRY list of other things.
Here is a picture of how my camera looks after everything