iPhone Gear for Photography

More cool photography and video gear for the iPhone. I have been talking about this for some time. I am a big fan of using the iPhone for rapid video. I have done many thought leader interviews using my iPhone video cam. Here is a blog I did on my road kit.

Check out this cool gear for the iPhone. Link below

https://deals.cultofmac.com/sales/the-ultimate-iphone-photographer-s-lens-kit

My Latest Video Camera – The Canon XA10

canon-xa10I thought I would share my latest video camera with all of you. I am extremely pleased with it. If you follow me you probably know that much of my work the past few years has either been shot on my iPhone rigging or on my Cannon DSLR setup for my higher end stuff. I recently started working on a project for Washington wineries. I am working on this project through Entirenet and Winerywise™.

The project consists of a series of short YouTube style videos on safety for small and medium sized wineries. I needed a camera that would be good for run and gun style shooting. We have completed one multi-day, multi-location shoot so far and are planning more. The DSLR just cannot handle this type of shooting so well. One main limitation is not designed for long shots. the censor will over heat and the camera will shut down. That is keeping the camera rolling for extended periods of time. For a lot of the videos I shoot this is not problem. There is also the fact that the DSLR is awkward to carry while shooting. It works great if you have a bunch of expensive rigging or sitting on a tripod. But for full days of shooting and moving from location to location that just would not work for me.

So where to start? I start the same place I always start YouTube. You can find reviews on almost everything you are interested in there as you probably already know. It’s pretty much my go to for any research. One key is to watch as many video as you can not just the ones put out there by the manufacture itself. I watch a ton doing this research. Here is a good one on the XA10. It is a great feature walk through.

There are so many great cameras available these days that researching proved to be a bit difficult. My feature list was pretty simple, I wanted full HD video camera with SD card memory. The XA10 has 64gb on-board memory and two SD card slots.  With that I can shoot all day without switching out SD cards. I also wanted good built-in audio support with jacks for external microphones. One feature that I did not really look for but was an unexpected benefit of the Canon XA10 was the image stabilization. This really came in handy for me and worked great when filming on location at the wineries in Eastern Washington. Then there was price. I did not have a budget for a 5 thousand dollar video camera. The XA10 came in under $2000.00. I think it goes without saying that I wanted to have a quality image too. The XA10 has a great lens and censor so it produces fantastic images.

I am not saying this is the best video camera out there but I do believe it is one of the best for the money. Under $2000.00 for a professional camera is a great deal. You would have had to spend about 5k only a few years back to get this level of camera in my opinion.

Here is a short video I put together from some of the footage taken in Eastern Washington at the wineries. Its pretty much straight out of the camera. A rough/test edit put to Carlos Santana’s Primavera. Carlos is a guest winemaker at Mumm Napa. The video is inspired by one particular winery who was play Santana as they crushed the grapes. It was kind of a spiritual experience for me.  Enjoy!

 

~jeff

More iPhone coolness – Night Vision to iPhone

night-vision-300x168I have blogged about many other iPhone camera accessories. I love my Fostex audio attachment. I use it all the time for interviews. The iPhone has a great camera so it is only natural that people want to find cool gadgets to enhance it. I stumbled on this Night Vision kit. Not sure how I would use it but I am trying to come up with something.

http://www.iphoneness.com/iphone-accessories/night-vision-iphone/

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Teaching the ASTD Certificate Course New York

Here is a night time shot of the Statue of Liberty from the building the class was in. I was surprised at the result.

Here is a night time shot of the Statue of Liberty from the building the class was in. I was surprised at the result.

This December I had the privilege of teaching the ASTD Certificate Course in New York city. I really enjoyed this for many reasons. First off I really enjoy sharing me expertise and experience with others. It is very rewarding sharing what you are good at with others so that they can learn new skills and grow. It’s not a one sided deal I learn a lot each time I get in front of a group of people too. The class is a two day class and covers audio and video production. If you are interested in taking the class check out the ASTD website for additional information.

9 TED talks about the making of movie magic

I don’t know about you but I think movies are magical. I can’t help it when I watch a well done movie I immerse myself it. I believe it. I guess I have a great imagination. Movies are made for people like me. A good imagination is one thing a director tries to connect with. If he can hook your imagination he has got you.

Here is another great TED play list titled 9 talks about the making of movie magic.

100+ Portraits of Iconic People of All Time

Ok, I am a sucker for pop culture, historical figures and photography. I love this blog on Portraits of Iconic People. Sometimes it is amazing how a good photographer is able to capture the essences of someone. I good portrait is alive it shows movement, tells a story, it allows you to connect with the subject and is never static.

100+ Portraits of Iconic People of All Time | Webdesigner Depot.