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Matching Color Temperature Using the Panasonic GH4

| January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Matching Color Temperature Using the Panasonic GH4

The first time I set up my new LED panel for a shoot I realized I didn’t have a good procedure worked out for matching the color temperature of the ambient light. My new panel is the Aputure Light Storm LS 1c which is a bicolor panel. I chose it partially for the ability to […]

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Excerpts from a Dance Show

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Excerpts from a Dance Show

These are excerpts from a dance show I shot in December 2015. The entire show was about an hour and fifteen minutes long with a total of 30 dances/songs.The footage was shot on a Panasonic GH4 with a Panasonic 35-100 mm f2.8 lens from the back of the auditorium about 200 feet from the stage. […]

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Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer Demo Footage

| November 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer Demo Footage

Here’s some test footage I shot in Laguna Beach, CA with my Pilotfly H1+ stabilizer. The camera is a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with the Panasonic 12-35 mm lens at 12 mm. Optical stabilization in the lens was turned on. I shot in 4K and in a couple of clips I zoomed out to full HD […]

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Bad Parameters Can Disable Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer

| October 29, 2015 | 2 Comments
Bad Parameters Can Disable Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer

To fully utilize the Pilotfly H1+ 3-axis stabilizer you really have to invest some effort in learning its features as well as its support software. And, in the process you have to read between the lines and take care not to break anything. As I delved into my H1+ I discovered that it’s all too […]

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Switching from Carbonite to Acronis True Image

| October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Switching from Carbonite to Acronis True Image

I recently decided to switch from Carbonite to Acronis True Image as my backup solution. I had been using Carbonite for several years and it has saved my system on several occasions. However, as I’ve previously written, I’ve had problems with both its functionality and the user interface. Recently, I upgraded from Windows 7 to […]

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Orange County for Climate Action Video

| October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Orange County for Climate Action Video

Here’s a video I shot and edited for Orange County for Climate Action this week. This is from a rally in Orange, CA which was one of dozens across the United States that were organized by People’s Climate Movement. This video consists mainly of excerpts from short, impromptu interviews I did with the rally participants.

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Panasonic Warranty Woes

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Panasonic Warranty Woes

Update, October 13, 2015 I have received a call from Panasonic informing me that a shipping label has been prepared for me to return my camera for a second repair. That’s much appreciated as I paid $35 to UPS to ship the camera the first time. Panasonic also agreed to send me a hot swap […]

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Lightroom/Photoshop Integration Woes, Continued

| September 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Lightroom/Photoshop Integration Woes, Continued

I’ve just been through another of the masochistic experiences that I seem to impose on myself every time a new version of Lightroom is released. Ever since Lightroom 3 was released I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate LR into my Photoshop workflow. And every time I’ve tried I’ve ended up throwing in […]

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Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer

| September 3, 2015 | 5 Comments
Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer

The Pilotfly H1+ is a small, lightweight gimbal stabilizer which provides the ability to hold & move a small video camera with one hand while still getting smooth footage. The low cost of this and similar devices is bringing Steadicam-like footage to the low-budget filmmaker and the small size is providing opportunities for getting smooth […]

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Shooting with the ikan VH7i-2 Video Monitor

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Shooting with the ikan VH7i-2 Video Monitor

I’ve been shooting a lot of live performances recently and have been having some trouble maintaining good focus. It’s tough keeping up with performers who are frequently moving around the stage and changing their distance to the camera. With my Panasonic GH4’s small LED screen it’s impossible to accurately determine whether a shot is in […]

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