Archive for the Studio Portraiture Category

Shots of Ledgo 600 watt LED panel, Benro S8 video fluid head

Posted in Photography, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Video on May 19, 2014 by William Hooks

These will let me light on location using a V-mount Li ion battery as well as the usual studio setup, as shown here. I included illustration of the charger for the battery… this system gives reliable power for an all-day shoot whether to the lights or audio recorder for example. The 300 watt Husky LED panel runs only on wall power.

The S8 head carries up to 22 pound payloads, somewhat more than my Manfrotto heads. I like the included bubble -level light for low-light leveling of this head.

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Benro S8 video head

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Followup review of the Canon 5D Mark III

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Travel, Video on November 23, 2013 by William Hooks

What do I NOT like about the 5D3/ Canon DSLR systems?

– No crop mode such as DX/ FX (Nikon got this RIGHT)
– No highly compressed 1080p/24 to reduce file sizes..NO 1080p/60!!!!
– No XLR inputs**
– Much more difficult to achieve ‘image overlay’ process in-camera (again, Nikon got this right)
– No built-in intervalometer (Please take a tip from Nikon??)
– Overheating during some longer video recordings**
– Beep mode is too quiet to be useful in a number of situations, especially outdoors
– (Overly)complex AF system
– Canon super telephotos tend to be much more expensive than Nikon counterparts
– No recording of an StdDef-quality vid version on a second card, for output to DVD/web**
– No ND filters built in ** (I’m reaching here….)

I prefer to use Nikons for photography and Canons for video… YMMV.

** these and other issues are well addressed by the Canon EOS Cinema camera line.

Nice YouTube video: Adding motion to interviews (Next Wave DV)

Posted in Photojournalism, Studio Portraiture, Travel, Video on July 28, 2013 by William Hooks

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I also enjoy using slow motion as depicted here, but I usually do it in post (Premiere Pro/After Effects) rather than at capture.

Updated my Blogroll today- new links

Posted in Music, Photography, Photojournalism, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Video on July 28, 2013 by William Hooks

I included several programs from the Adobe Master Collection CS6- my core software along with Lightroom for video and still imaging file storage and manipulation.

Also added was Nikon Camera Control Pro 2, which I recommend to Nikonians who want to be able to tether their captures. It supports stills and video.

My Dropbox has been added today

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Music, Photography, Photojournalism, Science Fiction, Studio Portraiture, Travel, Video on June 8, 2013 by William Hooks

For those who wish to share video, audio, text and/or photo files with me, please send them to my Dropbox if you have access to this feature.

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Review: Hoodman Custom Finder Baseplate

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Travel, Video on May 6, 2013 by William Hooks

I found this baseplate for $99 (no tax) last weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, while attending a Big Photo Show. The Hoodman rep was at the Samys section and I was intrigued by the prospect of using a compact, lightweight ‘rail’ to add or remove my 3″ Hoodman loupe to a DSLR monitor. This would make use in bright sunlight much easier.

After a short demo I decided to buy it, and I assembled it this afternoon (see images). The box has excellent schematic images showing the location and names of all of the parts. This is a modular design with 3 components: the onboard 1/8″ hex Allen wrench, the rail which accepts the loupe, and the baseplate which attaches to the camera base.

I’m pleased with the very lightweight of this unit, its build quality, and the ease of attachment and removal of the loupe assembly. The fit to the 3″ Nikon D600 monitor is excellent. Controls are positive and smooth. And it’s in Nikon colors- the main set screw is gold….[sorry, non-Nikonians]. I can easily reach the LiveView and other camera controls, because none of the baseplate extends over them.

This unit also adjusts for a 3.2″ monitor such as the D4, and all hex screws are of the same caliber so that the entire apparatus can be completely adjusted in the field with no additional tools.

SUMMARY: I highly recommend this item for DSLR videographers and still photographers, especially if you do a lot of field work and/or do not use a matte box. You won’t notice it until you need it.

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baseplate (L), rail (R)

baseplate (L), rail (R)

baseplate from below

baseplate from below

attaching the baseplate to the grip for Nikon D600

attacheing the baseplate to the grip for Nikon D600

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The bracket also fits 3.2" loupes

The bracket also fits 3.2″ loupes

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microadjustments to fit the 3" loupe to the bracket

microadjustments to fit the 3″ loupe to the bracket

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the lower left portion of the vertical adjustment rail contains the 1/8" hex wrench

the lower left portion of the vertical adjustment rail contains the 1/8″ hex wrench

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no interference with battery swapout from Nikon grip

no interference with battery swapout from Nikon grip

lateral view of complete assembly on tripod, with D600

lateral view of complete assembly on tripod, with D600

closeup of main setscrew to adjust rail (gold) and QR plate from baseplate to tripod mount

closeup of main setscrew to adjust rail (gold) and QR plate from baseplate to tripod mount

Arca-Swiss compatible (Acratech) tripod quick-release plate attached

Arca-Swiss compatible (Acratech) tripod quick-release plate attached

Kupo hardware: excellent for AV grip use

Posted in Photography, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Video on April 5, 2013 by William Hooks

I’m beginning to use Kupo’s line of grip equipment alongside my Matthews gear and have been impressed- it’s very good quality, at a price considerably lower than Matthews’s lineup, and easily available in the southern CA area. I get mine from Samys Camera.

My 40″ extension arm and grip head w hex stud have been helpful for interview setups, instructional videos and studio stills; they make it easy to rig a light, microphone, flag, scrim or reflector with freedom of movement and great stability. I like that the grip head on the extension arm is permanently attached and will not rotate. They attach to any standard light stand.

At the same time, I can reserve the boom/jib for mounting a B or C camera.