Participants in climate change rally

Orange County for Climate Action Video

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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.

Problem with Panasonic Lumix GH4 camera

Panasonic Warranty Woes

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I love my Lumix GH4 but I hate Panasonic’s customer support. I recently discovered a very noticeable spot that appears in some images & videos. After an initial phone conversation a Panasonic support technician recommended that I send the camera in for warranty repair work. I did that and, after nearly a month, I received my camera back this week. …

Lightroom 6 error message

Lightroom/Photoshop Integration Woes, Continued

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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 the towel. I’ve previously written …

Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer

Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer

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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 footage in tight situations where …

ikan video monitor with Panasonic Lumix GH4

Shooting with the ikan VH7i-2 Video Monitor

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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 focus. (Focus assist auto-zooming doesn’t …

jiucedLink audio preamp for video recording

Audio Level Padding to Prevent Distortion

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Recently, I shot a live performance and, afterwards when reviewing the footage, I found that I had audio overload problems. I had used my Lumix GH4 with the Panasonic DMW-MS2 microphone and this simple setup just wasn’t equal to the task. The problem was the great dynamic range of the show which included actors and a singer. It was a …

Glide Gear DEV-1000 Camera Slider

Glide Gear DEV-1000 Camera Slider

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I was looking recently for an inexpensive slider and I settled on the Glide Gear DEV-1000. I had read and watched a number of reviews and the DEV-1000 looked like a decent option. At a price point of only $89 I knew I wasn’t going to get top quality or special features. But, in this case, I was more interested …

Failed Kingston SSD

Kingston SSDs Down for the Count

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Earlier this week my PC locked up hard again—another Kingston SSD failure. I’ve written before about my recent problems with Kingston SSDs (read about my first crash; and my second crash). I had hoped such crashes were behind me but, alas, on Monday this week the Kingston SSDNOW 300 that was my Windows system disk died. Like the first failure, …