It’s summer once again and the fortunate among you will be hitting the road, hopping on planes, maybe even boarding a ship or two, and getting the hell out of Dodge for some hopefully stress-free rest and relaxation. Regardless of whether your travels are taking you around the world or just a day’s drive from home, it’s important to not only pack your camera gear carefully, but to also spend time putting some safeguards in place to make sure that you and your gear not only make beautiful travel photography together, and that you both get home safe and sound.
Cory Richards is now an athlete for North Face and a photographer for National Geographic, but he was once a homeless high school dropout as well. When he set out to find out how he was meant to make his way in this world, his path took him to the Himalayas in Pakistan. There, him and his crew nearly died from an avalanche on his descent from the mountain. But while for one moment he truly thought it was over, the next he realized he was still breathing. Right then, he took a self-shot that ended up putting him on the cover of National Geographic.
This is a video done by Blue Chalk in cooperation with the photographer; it’s almost a moving portrait of Cory himself, utilizing his ambitions, his voice, his experiences, his photography, and his humor. It’s a story of a man’s experiences, and why he shot what he shot; it’s his message, as a professional photographer, of why his job is important to him in the first place. With the experience of traveling to every continent in the world, meeting people who hold history most of us may never hear about, and managing to show a few of them to the world, I think we could all benefit from watching this short video. Check it out after the break.
One of the biggest challenges with any creative production is gear management. At the start of my time as a creative, I don’t know how many times I have arrived at a location and realized a crucial part of my kit was missing. However, like most things, you only learn from your mistakes and what I have learned is that it is extremely important to create checklists and prep gear BEFORE heading out to shoot. Although it does take more time to do this, it will save you time and heartache from going out to get a shot and realizing you don’t have everything you need.
Now I must admit, my least favorite part about filmmaking is the gear prepping. It’s a fine balance between taking too much and taking not enough and this battle is unique for every job. This is especially critical when traveling. With this post, what I hope to do is talk about how to prep your kit when traveling abroad. I will use a recent project to Cuba as the case study.
*Note: I am by no means an expert but here is what I have learned up until this point. [Read more…]
There’s nothing quite like a vacation, road trip, adventure, or combination of the three to get your creative juices flowing. Sometimes hitting the road is exactly what you need to get yourself out a creative rut. New surroundings– especially if they are outside your comfort zone– have a way of injecting your photography with the shot of adrenalin it’s been missing. When you’re planning these excursions, though, there are certain essentials you need to pack– items designed to protect your gear and images, while making sure that your shot of adrenalin isn’t wasted.
One of the claims Olympus made about the Olympus OM-D EM1 is that its water and dust proofing have been improved over it OM-D EM5.
Chris over at the Phoblographer wanted to see if the camera will indeed stand to its spec and operate under running water. It did.
In the short video below the camera is rinsed, washed (and repeat) and it still operates. One note that the test makes is that the lens – an Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 – is also weather proofed and it is uncertain if the camera will perform similarly with non-weather-proofed lens. [Read more…]
Here is a fun tutorial, though I am not sure on how practical it is. Unless, of course, you are just coming back from an excellent Italian dinner and have to remove your belt because your tummy is so big.
When packing for a long-haul trip I did not want to take a computer along – both because of carrying weight and extra information across borders. I have a HyperDrive UDMA-2 device, but I do not like it. Small screen and very slow and clumsy interface kill it for me.
Naturally I thought to use the Nexus 10 tablet – it is light, has gorgeous screen, and reasonable storage. After cleaning all family videos off of it, it has a reasonable 27 Gb. More importantly, you can connect a hard drive to it – so the tablet becomes an in-field viewer and a transition device, dumping photos to multiple backup drives.
I have to tell upfront that it did not turn out simple and so purpose of this is post to make it simpler for others. Unfortunately, much of the success depends on just right software versions working together. Since I got this setup working, I disabled app auto-updates until return from the trip. This setup uses the Android version 4.2.2. Turns out there are some application compatibility issues introduced by Android 4.3 yet to be resolved as of July 2013. [Read more…]
While a camera harness looks somewhat like a lunchbox, it is one of the most comfortable ways to wear a camera. The harness not only takes the weight of your neck (and places it like a backpack on your shoulders and back), it also prevents the camera’s from swinging into each other or other things in front of you. The really nice stuff comes from Lowepro, but if you are willing to get your hands dirty you can make a simple one yourself.
Chiara Sciarone explains just how to make one: [Read more…]
Photographer Dan Tabar shoots on sound stages, movie sets and studios taking production shots and scene shots. (Those are used by the production but also sometimes get released as BTS from some movies).
When sound is rolling, the sound of the flipping mirror is quite disturbing and while the D800 that Dan uses has a “quiet mode”, it was not good enough.
The solution is to use a Sound Blimp – a sound absorbing case that mutes the shutter sound. A commercial Blimp goes around $1100, so Dan devised his own DIYed version for about $80using a Pelican case a a base and PCV fittings. [Read more…]