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Monday, 28 March 2016

Canon 1DX ii 4k

The next installment of the iDX series will be hitting camera stores soon and personally I think this takes DSLR video for the photographer and short film makes to the next level.

Having shot with a Canon 1DC myself the 4k files it produced were stunning, since the 7dii was released my belief was that DSLR video was going to once again about to make a significant jump.

Like the 7dii the iDXii now has face tracking, if you haven't yet shot video with this feature believe me it releases a lot more creative potential. Focus pulling when working with DSLR video can be somewhat fiddly, very much either in or out of focus.

The question with the 1DXii is are Canon planning to release a 1DCii and would that have a RAW capability? If your planning to invest it is better to know the full development and what further options that might have.

For those photographers still standing on the edge on whether to make the jump into video I see no reason to hold back now, the technology and simplicity of use once you have invested in the required gear and training should repay itself quickly and this camera to be current for some time to come.

DSLR video can be learn't over two days, to find out more visit the link below

Why shoot 4k?
4K or HD, my advice is to shoot 4K to future proofing your work.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Travel with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II – New York.

My recommended camera for travel and personal use is the recently released Canon EOS 7D Mark II. It has fantastic features for stills and video and on price point it is simply unbeatable.
This x1.6 crop sensor DSLR camera has a shutter life of 300,000. The features I like are its weight, weather sealing and image quality in low light. The mainstay lens that will feature throughout “Travel the World” is the 24-105mm L F4 with IS (Image Stability). On the 7D Mark II the 24-105mm focal length is extended to 168mm perfect for getting right into the scene.
All of the images here are the in camera Jpeg, yes I shoot RAW at the same time (always). With proper camera setup and a good understanding of what make a good black and white in camera you can make the same images.
One World Trade Center New York by Photographer Jason Harry
Shooting on the return journey from Staten Island The One World trade Center building rises from the landscape, I was in New York in the lead up to Fashion Week which coincided with anniversary of 9/11.
The Staten Island ferry is free and taking the ferry is one of the best ways to view the Statue of Liberty as you sail past. The journey each way lasts approx 20 minutes.
On visiting the One World Trade Center
Entering the site from the business district the South Tower memorial pool, shown below is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks.
South Pool Memorial One World Trade Center New York by Photographer Jason Harry
The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.
The One World Trade Centre buiding rises from the landscape majestically, this view is impressive with the daylight falling mid afternoon from the right.
One World Trade Center New York by Photographer Jason Harry
One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building.
Taking the tour you are taken by lift to the 102nd floor in under sixty seconds, on arrival you are guided to a large room where a wide screen presentation takes place, at the end of this presentation the screen suddenly rises to reveal the New York landscape below you, IMPRESSIVE.
One World Trade Center Observatory 102nd Floor New York by Photographer Jason Harry
If you wish you can refresh yourself in the well placed restaurant taking in great views over looking the city.
Moving to the observation floor you are gifted fantastic 360′ views, all of the images below were taken from here.
Work your angles when behind glass to minimize reflections, in a busy environment like this pick a moment when no one is stood close to the glass, white or light clothing are a nightmare.
View of Statue of Liberty and Hudson River from One world Trade Center New York by Jason Harry
Looking Uptown to Empire State Building from One World Trade Center by Photographer Jason Harry
This view in this image shows the Empire State building spire as you look up town.
All images shown here are the camera jpeg’s.
If you want to learn how to take images like this then book on one of my Calumet workshops.


Sunday, 31 May 2015

DSLR Video Race Car Simulator (three video playlist)

A DSLR video series that explores the benefits of using a race car simulator with industry expert Ray Grimes.

In this three part video series (arranged in a play list) you are taken through "How to" where Ray shows how he teaches drivers the unique characteristics of a circuit and how to maximise the characteristics of the car of choice. In the example Silverstone, Great Britain is the track of choice.

The second video explains "Why a simulator" makes sense as a learning tool on many levels.

The final video in this series is "A fast lap" of Silverstone, here Ray shows how to put all the tips learn't from the instruction video into practice maximising every inch of the track and BHP.

DSLR Video is the way to get your message online.

Do you want training?

If you wish to attend one of my open workshops, hosted with Calumet
If you wish to find out more, on my website.

Monday, 18 May 2015

VIDEO Getting known/Being shown from B&H

A great video for those embarking on a creative career, some very useful advice here.

A photographer's success depends on more than just creating great images. While having a good portfolio is an important step in the right direction, there are several other variables that will help you excel in your career. Learning how to present your photographs to a commercial gallery, magazine editor, not-for-profit artist's space, or museums is paramount in getting exposure. Knowing what grants, fellowships, and artist's residencies are available is your key to finding valuable resources. And utilizing the most readily available resource, the Internet, is one of the most critical tools in advancing your career, thus increasing your chance of getting published. To learn more about these techniques and methods for success, join the Center for Photography at Woodstock's executive director, Ariel Shanberg, for an inspiring two-hour tour of the art world.

Center For Photography at Woodstock

Original Video

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Quick Test for Calumet Photographic

The recently upgraded Canon EOS 7D Mark II is quite simply a fantastic camera, now with benefits such a face detection auto focus in video/live view and weather sealing similar to the flagship Canon EOS 1D X it’s hard to imagine a better camera companion.

Manchester Photographer Jason Harry

Using any of the L series lenses with face detection enabled, I found the active tracking while recording video/ live view shooting moving subjects was consistently accurate. The lens I chose for this test was the 24-105mm L with IS and discovered that the 1.6 crop sensor combined with this lens was very useful.

Once a firm favorite in my kit bag, the 24-105mm with this camera would be a great combination for many photographers undertaking wedding and event work.

With “clean out” enabled in-camera you can now send your video capture direct to an external recorder such as the Atomos Ninja Blade. However the improved 4.2.2 codec is likely to be more than enough for many starting their video journey combined with the .mp4 and .mov options.

Manchester Photographer Jason Harry

To sum up this camera it is very flexible, has great features and fantastic ISO quality. For me, day in day out the Canon EOS 7D II is the perfect complement to either an EOS 1D X or a 5D Mark III.

The 7D Mark II gives you options the full frame cameras don’t, and that is what excites me.

Original post http://blog.calphoto.co.uk/2015/05/06/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii-quick-test/
Calumet Photographic https://www.calphoto.co.uk
May 6th 2015

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Video Pre Production - Storyboard

A story board is often key to a good video production, it is a vision of what is required and how the final project is to look.

To do this I often make good use of the burst or continuous shoot in my Canon camera, using the small JPEG shoot mode.

When making your story board using this method make sure you take into account the crop from the camera default 3:2 to either 16:9 or 17:9. Fitting your image to the width of the 16:9 canvas you will loose from the height, shoot your story board with this in mind.

To preview the images as a moving image story while in camera, select the image play mode then cycle through the images as shot.

To get this storyboard as a video online I use Adobe After Effects, the frame rate in the example below is 3fps.

The camera used was a 5diii with a 50mm prime, no reshoots, no image deletes, job done in 50 seconds.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Artist Maddie Jaizani Photographed in the studio and on location in Manchester

Manchester Photographer Jason Harry
Manchester Photographer Jason Harry
Manchester Photographer Jason Harry

Now starring as Leila in brand new family drama Tyrant on FoxTV!

Currently filming your final scenes for Versailles in Paris!

Photographed in the Manchester studio and on location.