Archive for the Studio Portraiture Category

More about the Nikon D600

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Video on September 26, 2012 by William Hooks

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I’m happy to report that this camera has some useful, practical features I don’t find much advertised.

First: Looped HDMI out. This means that one can retain the camera’s monitor image while sending it simultaneously to a second monitor- allowing a DP or other director to evaluate files, at the same time or after they’re shot by the camera operator. I’ve made the adjustments on my Marshall 5″ monitors so that the displays match those on the camera.

Second: The amount of additional image detail in video attainable with uncompressed HDMI on an Atomos Ninja is significant! (I can’t fork out the $1K for one yet)

Third: A major side benefit to headphone monitoring of sound on-camera is the ease with which you can assign optimal microphone settings, especially for ENG.

Fourth: The beep function has been expanded greatly since D7000, allowing audio cues for self-timer countdown and remote control actuation among other items.

Fifth: Adding the lock for the left top function wheel is much appreciated. This greatly reduces settings errors in actual use of the camera. I do miss the absense of exposure setting lock which has not been around since the D3s…..PLEASE put these in a firmware update if possible??

Lowe Pro 250 AW DSLR Video backpack and Manfrotto 502A video tripod/head

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Travel, Video on September 26, 2012 by William Hooks

These will help me when doing ENG/location interviews and studio/location cinema rig work, respectively.

The backpack is optimal for traveling with a D600 and up to 70-200 VR, compact microphone set, ZOom H4N audio recorder, shoulder rig, cables, SB-700 flash, headphones and some small lenses. The all-weather cover WILL be used!

The Manfrotto is designed to hold my RedRock cinema rig with provision to directly attach short monitor arms, freeing up the hot shoe on the camera for a light or other accessory. It’s very stable especially for its size and weight, and allows for Dutch angles by actually tilting the rig on it.
There’s a pan lock; I like the large size of the quick-release plate and that it can’t accidentally fall off- it attaches with 2 screws to the rig base, so there is no torque on the rig. The XY, pan/tilt friction controls are excellent. It’s a good fit with my smooth floor dolly which is mostly used indoors.

This way, I’ll use my smaller Weifeng 718 tripod/head for a camera with no rig (such as tutorial videos) or for a B camera.

First day working with the Nikon D600 system, Rode Stereo Videomic Pro microphone

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Travel, Video on September 24, 2012 by William Hooks

I’m very impressed with the capability of the D600 and of the Stereo VMP, after setting them up for defaults in video and still work…. MUCH more to come as I gain more experience with them.

Unfortunately, I had to sell my coveted 200 mm f/2 VR Nikkor in the process. Maybe some day I’ll rent or obtain another if the need arises, but I hope that the low-ISO ability of this camera helps obviate that need since I still use a 70-200 f/2.8.

It is wonderful to be able to closely monitor audio directly from the camera with headphones!!! This should be a boon for remote field videography and run-gun interviews.

Stella Adler Acting Studio, Hollywood- meeting to provide short dramatic films

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photography, Studio Portraiture, Video on June 30, 2012 by William Hooks

We plan to soon begin shooting on-set and on location, to create short films such as actors’ reels for their program.

Meanwhile, plans continue to generate our presentation calendar for THE RIDDLE OF MONZONITE at several southern CA REI stores.

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Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Photography, Science Fiction, Studio Portraiture on May 16, 2012 by William Hooks

I’m originally from Chicago, I only work in outer space

Thanks again, Mimi Yip- a good studio fashion shoot

Posted in Photography, Reviews, Studio Portraiture, Video on March 17, 2012 by William Hooks

 

Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8 G Nikkor

Lighting: one Photogenic head in front w beauty dish, 2 in rear with L blocks to reduce flare; black paper backdrop

Mimi is both a model and photographer, based in the Los Angeles area.

I used the new Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G Nikkor and have been impressed with the lens, for both video and stills. This optic is less than 1/3 the price of the 85 f/1.4….hmm…..

Nikon announces the D800- do I really need two lungs?

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Studio Portraiture, Video on February 7, 2012 by William Hooks

From what has been initially posted regarding this new machine, it appears that I will be trying to get my hands on one sometime this spring if possible- the video capability of the D800 seems very comparable to that of the D4 at about  50%  of the price.

For those like myself who already have an 11 FPS FX Nikon (the D3s),  pairing with the D800 could be a very efficient way to shoot both stills and video for action and landscape/studio applications!

Now I need to  decide whether to sell my right lung or my left lung.

 

 

Guest Blogger page added

Posted in Captain's Personal Log, Music, Photography, Photojournalism, Reviews, Science Fiction, Studio Portraiture, Travel, Video on September 7, 2011 by William Hooks

This page was designed to respond to recent requests and if there are further questions, please relay them.

To those who’ve inquired: thanks.

Stay thirsty, my friends……. and on my birthday this Sunday, 9/11, I hope that all of us have the chance to reflect upon how that Day of Days has affected the last 10 years- and our future.

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Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Studio Portraiture, Travel on May 4, 2011 by William Hooks

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Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Studio Portraiture, Travel on May 4, 2011 by William Hooks

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