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How Do I Mount and Control a GoPro Camera?

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From its origins as a surf camera to its current incarnation as a flexible tool for any project that needs a small, durable, and capable camera, GoPro has become synonymous with go anywhere, “get the shot no matter what” productions.

Smaller than your fist and providing endless mounting options, GoPro cameras allow you to get shots you never thought were possible—especially where larger, more expensive cameras won’t work.

In this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the iconic GoPro camera and how it can become even more flexible with different mounts, and the GoPro App, which allows you to remotely control your GoPro from mobile devices.

 

This week we cover

• Essential GoPro mounts: A huge advantage of a using a GoPro is how easy it is to mount it in different situations. We’ll show you some of our favorite ways to do it.

• Remote app: You can control your camera using the free GoPro App, available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. We’ll show you how to connect it to your GoPro, and both record and view shots. We’ll also show you how to change the settings on your GoPro camera directly from the app.

• Real-world examples: We’ll evaluate several shots from a recent shoot, including some using a GoPro on a quadcopter. We’ll break down what we liked and what we didn’t.

 

With its versatile mounts and a powerful remote app, GoPro cameras make a great addition to any filmmaker’s kit. Be sure to check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com.




How Do I Mount and Control a GoPro Camera? Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Nov 8, 2013 at 2:37:00 pm DSLR VideoVideo
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Autokeyframing in After Effects

Using Auto-keyframe mode in After Effects can speed up your animation workflow. Find out how autokeyframing works, as well as some of its pitfalls, in this tutorial. Watch more athttp://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu....
 




Autokeyframing in After Effects Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Nov 5, 2013 at 1:37:00 pm AdobeMotion Graphics
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What is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera?

Blackmagic Design is well known for its reasonably priced video post-production products, including interfaces and adapters. Recently they’ve also started making cameras, including the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4k, and Pocket Cinema Camera—all with high-end features and great price points.

On this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the small, yet capable Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

About the same size as a traditional point-and-shoot stills camera, the BMPCC is capable of shooting video using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and now, the compressed RAW format as well, all to a fast SD card. It’s a versatile camera that we’re sure will be in the hands of lots of filmmakers.

This week we cover

  • Getting to know the camera. We’ll explore the details of the Pocket Cinema Camera, including its ergonomics, which lenses to use, crop factor, power, and firmware.
  • What to look out for. No camera is perfect, and we’ll show you some of the limitations of the Pocket Cinema Camera.
  • Workflow. The Pocket Cinema Camera can shoot Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) in a couple different modes and soon it’ll be able to shoot RAW video. We’ll take a look at how to best handle files coming off the camera.
  • Real-world examples. We’ll evaluate several shots from a studio shoot, breaking down what we liked and what we didn’t.



What is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Nov 1, 2013 at 3:07:00 pm DSLR VideoVideo
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How Sensitive is Your Camera?

When you’re talking about exposure, it’s important to know the sensitivity of your camera. A camera’s sensitivity is measured with an ISO unit. The ISO standard is controlled by a technical group called the International Organization for Standardization and it’s the digital equivalent to film speed from days past.

From camera to camera, the native sensitivity will vary. Newer cameras tend to be more sensitive to light thanks to improvements in camera sensors. This means that you can shoot with less available light or use smaller apertures to control depth of field. But if you set your ISO too high, your shot will look grainy or noisy. Learning how to control ISO is the final step in perfecting the exposure triangle.

This week we cover:

  • What is ISO? Learn what ISO is and new ways to think about the concept.
  • A DP’s perspective on ISO: Catch up with director of photography Jim Ball and learn how he works with ISO settings to get the shot.
  • Adjusting ISO: Learn how to choose the right ISO setting for your camera.
  • Evaluating the shots: We’ll evaluate several shots from our music video withJason Masi, breaking down what worked and what didn’t.

Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com. We’ll help you get the best exposure and set your camera so the shot is clean and sharp.




How Sensitive is Your Camera? Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 18, 2013 at 2:44:00 pm DSLR Video
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Mastering Shutter Speed

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Does your footage look too choppy? Are action scenes a streaky mess? It might be because your shutter speed isn’t set properly. The shutter in a camera is a lot like a pair of shutters on a window. It controls how much light comes through and hits the camera’s sensor.

This week, we continue to look at exposure. There are three critical pieces to achieving good exposure and creative control with your shots. Fortunately, shutter speed is the easiest to learn, with just a few simple rules.

This week we’ll cover

• What is shutter speed?
Learn how shutter speed settings affect the look of your footage.

• A DP’s perspective on shutter speed. 
Catch up with director of photography Jim Ball and learn how chooses shutter speed settings.

• Adjusting the shutter speed.
Learn how to make adjustments to the settings on your camera to get the best shots.

• Real-world examples. 
We’ll evaluate several shots from our recent music video with Jason Masi, breaking down what worked and what didn’t.

Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com. We’ll help you get the best exposure, and control the shutter speedand exposure of your shots. Be sure to check back next week for more DSLR Video Tips!




Mastering Shutter Speed Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 11, 2013 at 1:15:00 pm DSLR Video
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My All Raw Timelapse Workflow

Here's a series of there videos I produced about an all-raw Timelapse workflow. This was shot partially on location at the Panama Canal.

Part 1 — Shooting & Raw Processing


Part 2 — Assembling in After Effects


Part 3 — Color Grading and Filtering Timelapse Scenes






My All Raw Timelapse Workflow Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 5, 2013 at 10:02:00 pm DSLR VideoPhotography
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DSLR Video, Terry White, and Matt Kloskowski — Photofocus Podcast 10/5/13

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This week’s show is a triple feature… we tackle three areas of the photo industry that are hot topics. First up, Scott Bourne interviews Rich Harrington about how to get started in DSLR video. Rich Harrington then takes the microphone and talks to Terry White from Adobe about changes at Adobe as well as Terry’s photography. Our third segment, Melissa Niu interviews Matt Kloskowski of Kelby Training to find out about how the photo industry is evolving.




Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 4, 2013 at 9:29:25 pm PhotographyDSLR VideoPodcast
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Mastering aperture: DSLR Video Tips

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How much light does your camera see? The aperture of your camera is its portal to the light in your scene (and without light, there are no pictures or video). Controlling the aperture is essential to getting the right amount of light on to your camera’s sensor to capture the best shots.
There’s another side to aperture as well. As you open the aperture wider, you can narrow the depth of field in your shot, blurring more of the frame outside of your immediate focus area. This is often a hallmark of the “DSLR video” look. Mastering aperture is critical to high-quality video and photos.

This week we cover
What is aperture?
Learn why the aperture is critical to good exposure, and how to access it on your lens.
A DP’s perspective on aperture
Catch up with director of photography Jim Ball and learn how he uses aperture when shooting in different situations.
Adjusting the aperture
Learn how to make adjustments to the settings on your camera to get the best results.
Real-world examples
We’ll evaluate several shots, breaking down what worked and what didn’t.


Check out both the sample video above and
this week’s complete episode on lynda.com. We’ll help you get the best exposure, and control the depth of field of your shots!




Mastering aperture: DSLR Video Tips Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 3, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm DSLR VideoPhotography
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A Detailed HDR Webinar


A detailed HDR Workflow webinar. We take a look at the brand new Photomatix beta release. Speakers Include:
  • Ron Pepper — HDRsoft
  • Hal Schmitt — Director of LIGHT Photographic Workshops
  • Kim Seng (Captain Kimo) — HDR Expert

Photofocus Team:
  • Richard Harrington
  • Melissa Niu
  • Levi Sim
  • Abba Shapiro




A Detailed HDR Webinar Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 2, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm Photography
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Try Out the New Photomatix 5 for Free

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You can download the beta here:  
http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/betas/pmp50.php. Here are a few notes from HDRsoft.

Photomatix Pro version 5.0 is currently in beta testing phase. You are welcome to help us test the beta releases, but please note the following:
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  • Beta releases are not stable versions of the software. They may not work properly and they may crash often.
  • Beta releases are intended for testing purposes only, and should not be used for normal use and production work.
  • Beta releases of Photomatix Pro include the usual registration system of normal versions, i.e. they run in trial mode when the software has not been registered.
  • Beta releases are not supported. If you need support with running Photomatix Pro, please download the official release of Photomatix Pro instead




Try Out the New Photomatix 5 for Free Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 1, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm Photography
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