Archive for June, 2011

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REVIEW: Rode VideoMic Directional Video Microphone

June 30, 2011

With more and more DSLR’s featuring some pretty powerful HD video capabilities, the need to supplement what is nearly always an abysmal on-camera microphone is becoming more common.  I shoot with my Nikon D7000 in stunning Full HD (1920×1080 resolution) quite often, whether just video of my kids or something more deliberate.  But the audio, even in controlled environments sounds as if I’ve shot this somewhere in a NY subway tunnel.

I decided to try and find a decent mic (meaning, keep a relatively wide tonal range while eliminating some background noise) for a not-so super-pro (read: Sennheiser) price.

The Rode (pronounced ‘Rudd’) VideoMic Directional Video Microphone had been popping up in my searches.  It had received good reviews on Amazon and while its list was around $250, it was (and still is, as of this writing) on sale for $150.00.

FULL REVIEW AND SAMPLE VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP

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Final Thoughts…

June 22, 2011

A couple hours ago, I posted a forceful, mildly serious but passionate response to an article by Damien Franco.  I don’t back off of a word of it.  I believe what I said and feel proud of standing up for my work and the work of others (I feel a bit bad for some of the language though… I try and only talk that way during football season 🙂 )

But I will say the following.  Damien, without ever knowing it, has been a great help to me for a long time.  He often posts great quotes, articles, examples and work that helps make me a better photographer.  I ought to have been more forthcoming in my acknowledgement of all the GOOD things he does for up-and-coming artists.

His response to the post was classy, appreciative and honest, without being apologetic, which is exactly as it should be:

This!

Yes, this is exactly what a good blog post does. I love that you put your passions to words and I love that you took the time to post a full response.

I love that you defended your love of photography, your addiction, whatever you wanna call it.

BTW – Most of my “people photography” these days is of my kiddos.

I have done, and still do, many “rookie” mistakes in my photography from time to time. Any photographer who says they don’t is either lying to you or to themselves.

Thanks for writing this up!

I appreciate most of all, the interaction with someone today whose work I admire and who spends as much time as he does trying to guide those who share his passion.  Follows his thread… you won’t be sorry.

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RESPONSE: Damien Franco's "Top 10 Signs of a Bad Photographer"

June 22, 2011

This is in response to this article: TOP 10 SIGNS OF A BAD PHOTOGRAPHER

I don’t get bothered by anything. Least of all anything on the internet. Hell… I saw the title of post and was sure we were in for a raucous, tongue-in-cheek, Letterman-style countdown poking fun at everyone one of us who picks up a camera. I love those sorts of things.

Sadly… what actually existed is a arrogant, snarky, article rife with superiority by a guy with 30,000+ twitter followers who seems to have forgotten where he came from (even though he mentions as much in his intro). In short… it plays more like Peyton Manning showing up to a high-school football stadium with his buddies to laugh and point at the little fat kid just trying to get some exercise. The defense of “can’t you take a joke” I’m sure is coming shortly… any yes, I can… but go back and read it… read it from the point of view of someone who admires your work and your talents and see what it’s like from their our point of view.

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RESPONSE: Damien Franco’s “Top 10 Signs of a Bad Photographer”

June 22, 2011

This is in response to this article: TOP 10 SIGNS OF A BAD PHOTOGRAPHER

I don’t get bothered by anything. Least of all anything on the internet. Hell… I saw the title of post and was sure we were in for a raucous, tongue-in-cheek, Letterman-style countdown poking fun at everyone one of us who picks up a camera. I love those sorts of things.

Sadly… what actually existed is a arrogant, snarky, article rife with superiority by a guy with 30,000+ twitter followers who seems to have forgotten where he came from (even though he mentions as much in his intro). In short… it plays more like Peyton Manning showing up to a high-school football stadium with his buddies to laugh and point at the little fat kid just trying to get some exercise. The defense of “can’t you take a joke” I’m sure is coming shortly… any yes, I can… but go back and read it… read it from the point of view of someone who admires your work and your talents and see what it’s like from their our point of view.

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IMAGES: Strawberries (Welcome Summer!)

June 21, 2011

For me, no season conjures nostalgic feelings of youth and freedom and general trouble-causing quite the way summer does.

To celebrate, just a couple images from a few weeks ago.  Seems fitting for the first day of summer.  Hope yours is a happy and safe season.  Grab your camera and get outside… the TV and the internet will be there when you get back.

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IMAGE: Wish. Granted.

June 20, 2011

Wish. Granted.

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GALLERY: Sunset in Lewes, Delaware

June 15, 2011

This past week, my wife and three kids and I traveled back to the East Coast where I am originally from, to visit some family.  I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like, so when I get anywhere that offers a different shooting environment than the Los Angeles basin, I am enthralled.

My step-father, who has been shooting for far longer than I have, and who was one of my major points of inspiration long ago in getting me to pick up a camera… suggested we head out one evening to shoot the sunset behind a mid-size pond just off the country road where they live.

Thesewere taken in Lewes, Delaware (pronounced ‘Lewis’) on a very hot and humid (oppressively humid would be the term I’d use) evening.

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