Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vincent Laforet @ The Association's HDSLR workshop

On Saturday May 21st, The Association in Los Angeles will be adding pulitzer prize-winning photographer and director of REVERIE, Vincent Laforet, to their Pro Level 1 Canon HDSLR workshop.

In addition to the normal class, Fletcher Murray and instructor Snehal Patel will add an additional 2 hours for Vincent to impart his wisdom to students of this very special class.

This is a first-rate, hands-on HDSLR class that just got even better.  It takes place in Burbank, CA (by Waner Brothers Studios), and registration is $399 on the Association website.

You can see REVERIE here from Vincent Laforet.  A must see for any HDSLR fan.

Laforet's 3-day online seminar with Chase Jarvis' CreativeLIVE can be viewed HERE.  I've watched this class over a weekend, and it's the bombdiggidy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Atomos wins NAB 2011 for me

If JB's unofficial, sitting-at-home-capacity, opinionated awards were handed out this week, my favorite unofficial NAB award would go to: The Atomos ProRes video recorder.  While there were a lot of great cameras and new EVFs, the NINJA ($995) & SAMURAI ($1495) ProRes video recorders seem ready to be real game changers.  You're basically using your uncompressed HDMI out signal from your camera to record to a hard drive with on-the-fly lossless conversion to ProRes 422.  I highly recommend paying attention to this new device for HDSLR video projects.  If it works as promised, the compression to H.264 will be thing of the past for HDSLRs.

UPDATE 4/22/11: see review from, and please make note of the current HDSLR limitations (tech issues with Canon 5D, 7D, 60D, & T2i, but works on Panasonic AF100 & GH2, and the new Sony F3).

< The Atomos Ninja ($995)

You can watch this cool Cinema 5D video from NAB on the Atomos device, and how it works.

David Shapton on all you need to know about the $995 Atomos Ninja from cinema5D on Vimeo.

Also, be sure to check out Black Magic's new uncompressed Hyperdeck Shuttle & Studio versions.  The Ki Pro Mini, Fast Forward's Sidekick, and Sound Devices Pix 220 are other 10-bit ProRes 422 external recorders that are worth watching.

JB's unofficial runner up: Final Cut Pro X - but only because it was just a presentation, and not a hands-on demo.  Anything less than a stunning new NLE, and Apple will have lost their loyalty in the market.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chase Jarvis lays out the tax law for photographers & filmmakers

Death, taxes, and Charlie Sheen.  The three words that strike fear in anyone's heart (it's four words, actually).  But not to worry.  Our friend, and amazing photographer, Chase Jarvis has written an excellent article on tax situations for photographers and filmmakers.

The 7 Common Tax Mistakes Made By Photographers from on Vimeo.

It's always prudent to check with your tax person first, but hopefully these scenarios and realistic deductions can help move you into a more professional (and profitable) place for your new HDSLR business.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Apple announces FINAL CUT PRO X @ NAB 2011

At the NAB 2011 convention today, Apple has announced their major new upgrade to the Final Cut Pro platform.  Looks very, very sweet.  Background rendering, and no more transcoding.  All for $299 in June.  Suck it, Adobe.

Follow the live blog here (from our friends at

< Apple presents FCP X @ NAB 2011

Watch Eric Reagan's front row video of the entire earth-shattering event.  Supreme thanks to Eric & for live blogging the scoop for the rest of us who couldn't make it.

Or here's a nice recap from our friends at

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lapsin' in Big D

I'm traveling through Dallas to see friends, and got a nice view of the Dallas skyline.  I brought my 5DMKII, 60D, 70-200mm, 2x extender, 100mm, 14mm wide, and lots of mounting options.  My favorite tool this trip has got to be the Bogen Magic Arm.  It's so versatile, allowing me to get the camera right up next to the glass,.  But it also needs something heavy to connect that 3/8" mount.  So I brought my Manfrotto 190X tripod, which packs up nicely into the suitcase.  I'm also using the Delkin Fat Gecko suction mount, which is another great tool to get up close to the window.  Below are a few stills from the time lapsing.  I promise to post the video when it's complete.  Follow this blog entry for updates.

< Room #1: The new anti-gravity mount is working perfectly on the left camera.  Attn: nerdlingers, there's no such thing in nature...yet.  It's actually the Delkin Fat Gecko holding up a lot of glass (the 70-200mm lens with 2x extender).

< Through sheer luck, the W Hotel upgraded my room, and this was the view they gave me.  Thanks, front desk Meagan.

< Room #2: time lapse heaven.  5DMKII, 60D, & iPhone 4.   Since I'm out of cameras, I took this shot with my laptop (Photo Booth).  Floor to ceiling windows and balconies are always in demand if you're lapsin'.  Ask for them.

< Cranes are your friend when lapsin'.

< Rocker-lapse before the Mavs game.

< Worker-lapse.

< View of Dallas skyline from uptown.

< Dallas Mavs fans exit the AA Center.  For this time lapse, I used my iPhone 4, a Nasty clamp, and the GLIF mount.

< Mmmmmm...14mm f/2.8L.  I want to be buried with this lens.

< The final morning commute time lapse from the balcony of the W Hotel in uptown Dallas, TX.

More to come...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

An awesome HDSLR soft case: The Kata Bag

If you're like me, you search the world for the perfect camera case.  I've settled on the Urban Disguise 60 bag for most of my travel.  I like the Urban Disguise 60 because it holds a sick amount of gear, and my 17" laptop.  However, after watching this video on Kata Bags, I'm seriously considering adding another bag to my arsenal.

Kata's VDSLR bags highlight review from Johnnie Behiri on Vimeo.

Check out the Kata Bag website.