Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GoPro HD HERO®: Sample Footage

A friend of mine turned me on to a pretty incredible little toy yesterday. Being the camera geek that I am, I have now become obsessed with it, and unfortunately will purchase it. As a photographer (soon to be videographer as well) I am constantly conjuring ideas for fresh material. Different angles, different gadgets, ect. all for the sake of producing an image that hasn't been seen before. That's the goal anyways. So, when I took a look at the Go Pro HERO HD video camera and it's capabilities, I was blown away. Not only is this camera down right sick, it is under $300 buck. It shoots in 1080p, 960p, and 720p. In the two lower resolutions the lens achieves an incredibly wide angle of view at 170 degrees. In 1080p, you still go wide, but cut down to 127 degrees. Did I mention it goes underwater with it's housing? Another cool part about this little guy is all the mounts you can purchase for it. Wrist mounts, suction cup mounts, blah blah blah. You can strap this camera to anything. What does that mean for me? I will have the ability to get crazy angles on the entire fishing experience. With a chest mount, shooting with 170 degrees of view, I can capture some pretty sweet stuff. Two trips are heading my way, Louisiana redfish and Los Roques, Venezuela. I will be sure to capture some fun and crazy angles for your viewing pleasure, and of course my typical still photography. Be sure and check these little (literally) guys out at http://www.goprocamera.com and check out the sample surf video below!!!

GoPro HD HERO®: Sample Footage

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

A few pieces of luggage

I shot some more luggage recently with my new lighting set up. I enjoy shooting larger products. There is no messing around with macro lenses, or getting situated right up on the subject. I do need to improve the overall set up for some of these shots though. With things such as backpacks, it is important to have the straps very visible. Sometimes this is difficult to do and you need certain materials to help you out. Some stiff wire wouldn't be a bad place to start. When I get some wire, I'll be sure and blog about it.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Efficient Workflow: Creating Actions in Photoshop

Yesterday I had to go through and edit hundreds of dry, midge, and nymph photos. I have a routine for nearly every product photo I edit and I have done it so many times that it is fast and efficient. What slows me down the most though, is when I go to save the file, it throws me off when I have to run through the save process over and over. My solution is to create an action for saving files in certain locations. For example, with nymphs, I created a new action > hit record > save for web. I chose my folder named "nymphs" and click ok, and stopped the recording. Now, everytime I finish editing a nymph photo, I hit play and the my custom action will go through the save process with one click instead of 5. This may not be effective for a few photos, but when saving in bulk it will save time.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Midcurrent.com feature

I am proud to say that I have been added to the list of featured photographers in the industry. Midcurrent.com is doing a great job of keeping everyone informed of what's going on in fly fishing. Thanks to the team at Midcurrent!