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From time to time we reach into DigiRichie’s fun bag of goodies to see what he will pull out next.
This time he pulls out a BIG ROLL and little Roll of Gaffers tape, aka Gaff Tape. I can say from experience that you should have a roll of this stuff in your bag, car or office at all times.
It may sound simple but Gaff has a million and one uses and has saved both mine and DigiRichie’s butt. Wether you need to tape marks on floor, tape down wires, bundle wires, hand backgrounds, tape down seamless, get lint off a shirt or simply make an arrow pointing the way to set you should have a roll.
What’s great about this tape is it does not leave residue behind as easily as duct tape. You can tape it to the table, windows, walls, carpet and remove it when needed.
I suggested having a big roll and a smaller roll because you never know when it will come in handy.
Over the past few weeks I have been getting messages form people asking what I think about the Nikon D750 Flare Issue. I honestly didn’t have much to say early because I wanted to see if this was a legitimate issue or not. If it was simply a few cameras here or there or a very random occurrence than no big deal.
What seems to happen is one person finds and issue and than everyone else who has the camera attempts to replicate that issue by all means necessary. This sometimes means putting the camera into situations it would never be in during a real world photo shoot.
With that said a reader pointed out that one of my images actually had the “Flare” issue. I went back and looked at all the images I have taken with my D750 and could only find two situations where the flare showed up. It seems that it has happened twice with the same lens, the 70-200 2.8 VRII. For anyone wondering, yes I did have my lens hood on, it’s always on when I am shooting.
A few months back Instagram released a new program called Hyperlapse. It allows you take capture long periods of video then speed it up to your desired speed. It does do one more thing that surprised me the first time I used it. It stabilizes that video into super silky smooth footage without an image stabilized sensor.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow get that type of stabilization with all of your video? The little hack or trick we found inside Hyperlapse for the Iphone 5, 5s, 6 and 6+ is if you use four fingers and tap the screen four times it brings up a hidden menu.
In this menu you can switch the recording to 1080 from 720 as well as choose between 24 or 30 fps. So what you are doing is using the hyperlapse app to record the video but never speeding it up. You simply process it at 1X, save it and you are left with a smooth finished video.
Slide slide slippidy slide. Do you know how hard it is to hand hold a DSLR or any camera for that matter and get smooth video? I am a big fan of stabilized video but how do you get smooth movements without jerky footage?
In this Quick Tip I broke out the Cinevate Hedron slider to show you the difference between handholding and using a slider for video.
It’s almost impossible to handhold a camera and get a smooth sliding motion. But with a slider you can see how smooth the transition can be. This is just one function of a slider like this but it adds major dimension to your videos. Anytime you can add movement in video and have it be stable and smooth people will enjoy it more than a static shot.
The tip is simple, if you want a smooth sliding motion you are going to need some form of stabilization, in this case we used the Cinevate Hedron silder. For more info on this slider click here.