Camera Closet

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I store empty camera bags on the wall of my camera closet. That way I can pack the right bag for the right outing.

One by one, nails holding the bags fell off the wall until I had one big mess on closet floor and couldn’t find anything.

Bill and I went to Menards and brainstormed for a solution. We spent $14.41 on scrap lumber, hooks, and wall mounts. From home he added more wood scraps and set out to complete this one day job on a secured camera bag wall, as well as another idea we came up with for a sort of long bag coral.

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Considering my cameras are downstairs in their own bags, what’s in a camera closet? With my hobby of photography, cinema photography, as well as having a small studio; STUFF.

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Miscellaneous things were also disorganized on shelves opposite the bags wall.

 

Bill mounted wood strips to secure hooks, and built the tall bag coral in one day. The next day I emptied the closet to reorganize. But first the new wood needed to be painted.

 

Out of the room and into the closet.

 

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There’s no comparison to what it was before…

 

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A coral for bags that hold tripods, light stands, a boom mic stand, and reflector stand.

 

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It was a productive two day project.

 

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Thanks, my fantastic husband Bill.

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Inspiry

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I’m not sure why this word comes to mind, but it’s a word I use so I searched it on the web to see if it’s a real word.
Urban Dictionary:  The dreamy act of inspiration for those around you. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=inspiry)
The Kim dictionary: Things that inspire me, and things I do that may inspire others.

DVD Burning

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My attempt at DVD burning with Premiere Pro v6 was several days of failed DVD’s. 12 of them to be exact. The DVD burned alright but the resolution was so bad the faces were blurs and the text had jaggies from pixel edges. I worked on this for a total of about 4 days. While on the Adobe site looking for my issue, the chat screen appeared and the REAL troubleshooting began.

Adobe online chat took over 2.5 hours before we had a good DVD burn result.  I’m so happy I thought to set up my Canon Vixia camcorder and video the chat. The Adobe helper took control of my computer, and we communicated using Notepad from my computer. When I had a question, I had to type it and wait for him to notice since me (My taking control of the mouse lead to confusion). For me it wasn’t the best way to remember how to repeat if, but if I didn’t record his moves, I would just be chatting again the next day when my first attempt failed again.

To repeat the success on my own I opened the chat recording, found the successful burn procedure, copied the video to the clipboard…closed Premiere Pro, reopened it>navigated to the show I needed to burn>opened it. After it loaded completely I went to…edit>new>sequence, then pasted the clipboard contents which put my burn procedure on the new sequence. Then I followed the procedure, making notes as I followed. SUCCESS! Now I have a procedure written down, and partially committed to memory.

Premiere Pro 6 DVD burn

Premiere Pro 6 DVD burn

 

 

Still frame from 1080 Canon camcorder

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DILEMMA:  I’m in a video class at IVY Tech community college. I thought I’d be set in equipment with the Nikon D3s 720 video capabilities. Looking at the video from the camera when making a PSA for project 2, I wasn’t happy with the movie playback. I turned to my point-n-shoot,  Nikon S8100. This little camera shoots a very good video but the exposure wasn’t controllable and I didn’t have a mic input.

RESEARCH: The instructor, Chris Campbell, ordered cameras for the class after he found DV import is not possible with Premiere CS6. The video cameras the class would use were DV cameras. He told us his shopping led him to the Canon M30 for our needs. IVY Tech purchased 6 of them.

I normally would go straight to Sony brand, but Chris’ talk to the class, and video camera forums claim Canon and Panasonic were the way to go, not Sony. Panasonic research uncovered nothing for me so the decisions was CANON! Now to psych myself up into letting go of the cash.

VIXIA HF R30 $366:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=VIXIA+HF+R30&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Canon site stats R30:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/consumer_camcorders/vixia_hf_r30

VIXIA HF M50 $545:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/838768-REG/Canon_M50_HF_M50.html

Canon site stats M50:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/consumer_camcorders/vixia_hf_m50

SOLUTION: I purchased this camcorder model for these top reasons…The Canon M50 has a CMOS Pro chip for better image quality (So says Canon).built in 8GB storage, 64GB maximum capacity SD card, mic input, and what I perceived would be a better lens than the Sony G lens. The zoom is 10X so I sacrificed zoom range for lens quality. I can always add a lens to my constantly changing want list, and save for one or sell something to get a lens add-on from Canon.   I love the image quality of this little camera!

Enough for the lengthy set up story. This post was supposed to be showing a still shot from video.

I opened a :08 video clip (1080/60i) in Photoshop CS6.Click and sliding the play control to advance frames, I chose a frame>select all>copy>file>new>ok>paste. That was it. Saved for web and kept the image at maximum quality and 100% size.

Now to find out what 1080/60i means in the specifications.

(This photo from a video frame was a close-up of me holding Brad Paisley tickets, and one of his semi trailers in the background.)

Still from a video

HDR-North High School

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This is a three exposure HDR. Bracketing 5 shots @ (1) EV, the three frames I chose to process in HDR were (-2) (0) (+1).

"NHS 2011"

My favorite view of my former high school.

North High School was updated many times, but this particular view of the building looks the same as it did the year I graduated-1976. A new school was built, and the students attending at the time this photo was taken, would return after Christmas break to their new school building.

Mechanic Arts Trades and Industry High School, became North High School in 1956.

2011-The year of HDR

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bee and purple flowers HDR

Bumble Bee Bumbling

The year 2011 was a year I chose to explore High Dynamic Range, HDR technique. I set the bracketing on my camera to shoot 5 shots at 1 stop exposure compensation. Some conclusions after shooting HDR for a year?
1. The thrill is there!
2. Shooting 5 exposures increases my need for hard drive storage.
3. Overdoing the effect of HDR is tempting. I was able to add texture, definition, and amp the color to beyond what I saw when I fired the shutter.

Exploring Photography

Digital photography vs. Film photography- who wins?

Digital-hands down, no question, no comparison, no contest-for me.

I experienced my first glimpse of digital photography in 1997 with the Sony Mavica. As a  salesperson for a camera store, it was wrong to refuse embracing digital as I did for the first few years, yet once I let go of my reservations and began learning this new lingo, I realized it was short sighted of me to hold out.

Now there’s no going back! That stinky darkroom, the unknown after my shutter fires, the ‘locked-in’ confinement of film capture…I don’t want any of it. I’m proud to say trading ISO limitations, grain, and sprockets for pixels, resolution, and megabytes is an excellent trade!

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Digital photography vs. Film photography- who wins?

Digital-hands down, no question, no comparison, no contest-for me.

I experienced my first glimpse of digital photography in 1997 with the Sony Mavica. As a  salesperson for a camera store, it was wrong to refuse embracing digital as I did for the first few years, yet once I let go of my reservations and began learning this new lingo, I realized it was short sighted of me to hold out.

Now there’s no going back! That stinky darkroom, the unknown after my shutter fires, the ‘locked-in’ confinement of film capture…I don’t want any of it. I’m proud to say trading ISO limitations, grain, and sprockets for pixels, resolution, and megabytes is an excellent trade!

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