Archive for October, 2013

Final speaker at the OFA Climate Change Forum, CalTech (Pasadena, CA) 9 Nov 13

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photography, Photojournalism, Video on October 12, 2013 by William Hooks

I’m completing a corresponding slide show for my presentation at this event, sponsored by Organizing for Action, to address solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change. I will also be covering the event with HD video, using the Canon 5D III camera.

For more information, please write or call. My cell is (951)-255-9568.

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First HDR video short completed this evening

Posted in Reviews, Video on October 5, 2013 by William Hooks

Just finished my first-ever HDR video short, using After Effects and Photomatix Pro before sending to Premiere Pro for final post-processing including adjustment layers. I’m excited to apply this method in future projects.

This clip was graded with an amber look. I mean, come on- Halloween’s in a few weeks.

Advantages over just renting or otherwise using Magic Lantern on SD card:
-I can use both cards as usual, allowing backup of video capture for example
-no modification at all to the camera, and no additional cost for ultra-CF cards
-no risk of malfunctions
-the workflow is independent of the number of cameras used, and the shot list is unchanged (if you like)
-I find that Photomatix Pro gives precise, powerful control over a huge variety of HDR and tonemapping options which can be applied to both photography and video- and I already had the program. This includes the important ability to
do B/W HDR simply by creating the appropriate preset

I see using this method to create segments of HDR in a piece, more often than for generating an entire HDR universe for a narrative film. I might feel more comfortable with the latter if I had more robust computing power, but so far I’ve been doing my projects with a laptop.

US Government Shutdown: Protest at Westwood Fed Building, LA, CA

Posted in Photojournalism, Video on October 3, 2013 by William Hooks