I need a vacation, an overseas foreign land vacation to be specific. Since the trip to Italy fell through earlier this year it might be a while before I travel abroad again. In order to get my travel fix I guess I’ll watch videos like the one below from Christian Grewe.
This five-minute short is a highlight reel of three separate trips to Asia, Thailand, and South America. All of the footage was shot his Canon 5 D Mark II and III, plus a GoPro Black edition. These feature really nice travel footage, that reinforce the fact that you really need to look around, be adventurous, and pay attention when traveling. Why? Because if you don’t you might miss the little things, and the little things make it all worthwhile.
If you are a filmmaker, you might want to consider downloading SMAPP for your iPhone or iPad. SMAPP is an app that was designed and built by Still Motion, to help make the filmmaking process easier, and help people that are just getting into filmmaking and digital storytelling understand the decisions they are making. The app is filled with great tutorials, budget saving ideas,techniques, and fundamentals to help make you a better filmmaker. Oh and it’s Free.
Learning this craft can be intimidating and there are so many tools that we often don’t even realize we have, or we don’t fully understand how to best use to tell our story effectively. SMAPP was created to make all of filmmaking more approachable and to empower the filmmaker to tell relevant and meaningful stories, their stories, with more confidence than ever before.
To promote their new NEX line of mirrorless cameras Sony has launched a new Australian YouTube channel titled DSLRGEARNOIDEA (DSLR Gear No Idea) where the basic premise is you have your bad ass camera and all the accessories, but don’t have a clue about how to, or why to use it.
The campaign asks if you know anyone like the people portrayed in the videos and then encourages you to share it with them. The videos are really pretty funny, and they really are reflective of any number of individuals that bought into the whole idea that having a bigger, more expensive camera will make you a better photographer.
I’m always looking for new gear to help improve my photo/video shooting. I have been pricing new DSLR rails and rigs for a while now, but the other day my friend Tim pointed me to Edelkrone and their Pocket Rig.
This rig looks great. It’s small, light and rugged. You can add accessories to it to extend the overall use, and the design is really well thought out. When folded this is the size of a battery grip for camera like the 5D Mk II. When extended it gives you full shoulder support. One thing I like is the fact that you can use this to stabilize your shots, and still be very discreet because of it’s compact profile. Not only that, but the price is right as well. At $399.00 its not bad. If you can wait to take delivery until December, you can get it for $238.00 which is even better.
When tilt shift video is done right it looks amazing. Here is a short time lapse video from Keith Loutit entitled “The Lion City”. The film was shot in Singapore, and does an amazing job of capturing the architecture, and bustling transportation the city is known for. The video was shot on Nikon and Canon HDSLRs with a moderate sized crew. If you get a chance, take the time to watch his other tilt shift films. Keith Loutit has the technique down, and the final results are worth watching.
Yesterday morning my friend Tim and I went down to the amazing Kauffman Preforming Arts Center in Kansas City to shoot some test footage with the Olympus OMD EM-5. In the process Tim shot footage with his Canon 5D Mk II, and the idea of doing a little comparison was born.
All the footage in the video below was hand held. Both cameras were shooting at 1080p with the same ISO, frame rates, and exposure settings. What you will see is there is some camera shake. Its inherent in hand held footage without a steady rig of some kind. What you will also see is how well the OMD’s 5 axis image stabilization system works.
All of the 5D footage was stabilized in post using After Effects Warp Stabilizer. Less than half of the OMD EM-5’s footage was.The Warp Stabilizer was used to reduce camera shake, and to eliminate rolling shutter in some of the horizontal pans across the building.
Now can you tell which footage is from the Canon 5D MkII, and which is from the Olympus OMD EM-5?
I work for a company that makes most of it’s money from producing ink on paper products. One of the things that I have learned over the years of working where I do, is that printing is a much more complex job than most people think. And engraving, is one of the most complex types of printing you can do. Quality engraving is an art form. It really is.
“The Beauty of Engraving” is a website from Neenah Paper that is dedicated to this storied printing process. The site focuses on the CRANE paper line, which has been in production since 1873. The site is worth checking out for the examples of work that have been submitted. There are some really stunning high quality pieces here.
The video below is a short film that highlights the engraving process, and once again I am astounded by the quality of the video production here. With all the advances in cameras, DSLR’s, video editing, and post production software things just keep getting better. This kind of promotional film would have cost an arm and a leg to produce just a few years ago. It would have required a large crew, and the look probably wouldn’t have been this good.
Oh and watch this all the way to the end. The end titles reveal some nice info about the press, and printing company.