Autofocus in DSLRs during video recording has come a long way in the last few years. We all know that DSLRs have not caught up to your standard camcorders but that’s all about to change.
There are a few different cameras on the market from different manufactures that have taken that leap to giving you almost camcorder like autofocus. Thanks to BorrowLenses and AllensCamera I was able to get my hands on a Canon 70d to do a full review. The full review is still on its way but I wanted to share some findings from my first video shoot with it.
As you guys know I like to push cameras to their limits when it comes to testing them. Anyone can test a camera in great light and call it fantastic but I like to shoot in poor light and see how the camera really does. So my test was to determine how well the Canon 70d would autofocus in a concert situation.
My friends in the band Silvertide had a show and I made the decision to test the 70d’s capabilities. During soundcheck I was messing with the new touch autofocus where you touch the lcd and it focus right there. I noticed a bunch of guitar picks on top of an amp and thought this would showcase how well this cameras autofocus system works.
I set up on my video mono-pod, strapped the GoPro to my forehead so you could watch me touch the screen and hit record. I was amazed as soon as I touched the pick on the far left followed by the one on the far right. Not only was the focus accurate to where I wanted it to be, it transitioned smoothly and quickly. I was not expecting what I saw but I sure was happy with it.
When I was out filming the Nikon D7100 REVIEW (which you can find right here) I found myself shooting a baseball game. I used the GoPro Hero 3 to capture the First Person Shooter Perspective and turned it into a 5 Min Portrait for the review.
I know you guys really enjoy these type of videos so I decided to separate it from the review and share it with you.
The gear used with the Nikon D7100, Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII and the Nikon 300 2.8 AFS.
For the FULL Nikon D7100 Review please click here.Read More »
I am back with my latest 5 Min Portrait and First Person Shooter Project video all in one. I had the chance to Photograph Macklemore of Thrift Shop fame for his three song set. For this video I decided to let you watch all three songs as captured by the First Person Shooter Camera as well as do a commentary track over the video.
Let me set up the gear I was using first before I break into what it was like to photograph this show. I was using the Canon 1D X with the 70-200 2.8II, 24-70 2.8II (thanks BorrowLenses.com) and the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition attached to the hot shoe of the Canon.
If you have never photographed a concert this is the closest you can get to being in the pit without being there. As is normal today we had three songs to capture Macklemore who loves to run around the stage. Beyond how fast he moves (which is great by the way) he had sunglasses on which means you do not get that personal feel from seeing his eyes. Later on in his set he did end up taking his glasses off which allowed me to capture some nice images.
Welcome to another 5 Min Portrait Video. This time around I just wanted to shoot, I didn’t want to turn to the camera to explain what I was doing I just wanted to capture images.
With that said there is so much you can learn from watching me interact with Maria. You get to hear our interactions, you get to see what works and what does not. You have a front row seat to one of my photo shoots.
You will see every image pop up as its taken. You get to see the good with the bad as well as some that are not edited. The reason that some are not edited is they were not keepers to me.
For this photo shoot I used the Nikon D4 with the 300mm F2.8 AFS as well as the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII. The camera recording the video is the Nikon D800.
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In this 5 min portrait I set out to capture some cars and guitars. Like I said in the video these are just test shots as if I was to really set out to shoot these cars and guitars I would bring in a ton of studio lights and modifiers.
In this case I was asked last minute to come down and just grab some quick shots. Isn’t it funny how that tends to happen, people ask for test shots and we as photographers are never fully satisfied? My first response was I really need to bring in some lights and modifiers but I will shoot these this time for you since they are just for a specific need.
Now I want to let you know I know pretty much nothing about cars especially sports cars like these Shelby Ford Mustangs and Cobras. The one thing I can tell you is these cars are beautiful and works of art.
I like to look at all my shoots as if they are assignments. In this case it was my job to capture the cars and the guitars for a made up magazine article. Again my first comment is if I was to capture these images for a magazine I would need to bring in lights and probably take the cars to a studio. Now that that is out of the way and I made the point that these are just test images lets talk about the shoot.Read More »
I took the GigaPan Epic Pro out to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. For those who do not know the significance of Independence Hall, it is where the declaration of Independence was signed.
I thought this would be a great opportunity to test out my first real GigaPan. In this 5 min portrait you get to watch the majority of the process that goes into making a large scale panoramic image using a GigaPan Epic Pro.
This GigaPan tops out at just under a GigaPixel at 930 or so Megapixels.
There was one interesting occurrence that ended up happening when a federal park ranger came up to ask what I was shooting. For the record they did not say I could not do what I was doing. They said nothing about not being aloud to use a tripod or anything negative. They were simply only asking because you do need a permit if what you are photographing is for “Comercial” use. I had a very good discussion about the rules with these guys and they gave me the number to the person to speak with if I had further questions.
I did end up speaking to the person in charge after I finished editing this video. I am in the process of trying to get him to join me back at the park on camera to talk about the rules for photographers and shooting in a federal park.
Below you will find the GigaPan to explore. Like I said during the video there are some minor issues that I saw but all and all I am very happy with the results.
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My long time friend Nick Perri who builds custom electric guitars asked if I would photograph his latest creation “25″.
I thought it would be great to do the shoot up on the Roof of the Loft. This was the first time I walked around up there and I have to say I have a ton of space to capture images.
The Light at the end of the day is just amazing and I would assume that the light at the very beginning of the day is just as nice.
This is the first 5 min portrait where I did not shoot video of the photo shoot. The reason I did not was I was focused on capturing images and did not want to have the distraction of rushing or playing up to the camera.
Like I say in the video I will attempt in the future to capture more video of these 5 min portraits.
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I love nothing more than creating images and I have to say my NEW Loft lends well to doing so. Last week Todd Wolfe of Cheesesteak Media stopped by to check out my new space. While he was there I asked him if he would pose for a 5 min portrait.
What is great about this 5 min portrait is I also include the First Person Shooter Project into it. You get to follow along and see my perspective as I capture images in what is close to a true 5 Min Portrait.
There is so much light in the new loft as there is an entire wall full of huge windows. Right off the bat I guessed my settings and they ended up being spot on which I take pride in. Like I have said in the past you should be able to walk into a situation, guess your settings and be able to have the proper exposure within three shots. In this case I had the proper exposure without even taken a test shot.Read More »
Nineteen Years ago I borrowed my mothers point and shoot Fuji Discovery 1000 to take pictures of my Jr Highschool Basketball game. That was the first time I ever set out to capture images with a purpose. The other day I relived the entire experience all over again down to the same camera and in the exact same location.
It has been a long road back to where it started and I thought it would be fun to relive experience one more time. The funny thing is I had to find film and batteries for the camera and the only fuji 800 speed film I could find at my friends store was expired. But at this point the film did not much matter it was more about the experience.
It is a challenge to try and capture images with a point and shoot but I have to say I would not trade the way I learned for anything else. The only thing I worried about at the very beginning was capturing an image, anticipating the moment. Even though you are not in control of the cameras settings you are focused on one aspect and one of the most important aspects at that, composition. All the settings and other functions can follow later.Read More »
Self portraits are a way for a photographer to capture an image of themselves like no one else could. Over the past eight or so years I have made three self portraits and this one is my fourth.
There has been a progression from the very first one I capture to this one I took the other day. This latest one takes a different look from the last one I did in 2007. The idea behind the first one was me sitting amongst the artists I capture as well as other items that had meaning to me.
This latest self portrait was something I wanted to capture before I closed this chapter of my journey. One final image before I move out of my first place, the loft.
This is how I took the image, I connected the Nikon D4 to my Macbook Pro via an ethernet cable. The camera was attached to the top of the wall with a super clamp and three way tripod head. Being that the D4 allows me to control it from my laptop I thought it would be great if I captured a time lapse of the set up which finishes with the final image.
I am very happy with how this image turned out and I can not wait to place it on the well next to the ones from the past.Read More »