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Weekend family photos and video

Having too much fun with my new toy.

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Canon T2i – First Shots (Photos and Video)

Well, I finally got a hold of the new Canon T2i digital SLR. Thanks Amazon (and no thanks to Best Buy who backordered it for me. Can you say, ‘cancel order?’). I will post more on the camera once I have a few good uses under my belt, but for now I will leave you with a few photos and a video.

Photo:

Citronella

More photos here on Flickr >>

Video (watch in HD!)

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Canon 7D Video Tips

I’ve been using the Canon 7D for about three months now with the Revolution, mostly on road trips as its much easier to carry than our Sony Z1U and shoots very good HD video.  Here is an example of one of the videos I’ve shot with the 7D.

I was exchanging tweets with Steve Garfield (@stevegarfield), and he said he’d like to hear a few tips when it came to the Canon 7D. Seems like a fine excuse to update my blog, since I am so very bad at it. So – here’s a few things I’ve picked up since using this fine piece of equipment.

General:

  • I prefer the manual focus over autofocus. A lot of times what I will do is set my shot up in photo mode, actually take a photo and review it to ensure everything is in focus and properly exposed. Once I am satisfied with the shot, I switch over to video mode and record away.
  • It’s a bit difficult to shoot action while zooming in and out. Instead, I tend to let the action come to me and just use the parts that are in focus.
  • However, I have found that if you zoom all the way out and set your focus, you can zoom back out and still have the majority of your shot remain in focus. Doesn’t work the other way though.
  • Get a good sized CF card. I use a 16GB card and it still fills up fast at 1280×720 60fps.
  • There is no headphone jack to hear your audio as you record. This can be a bit scary if you’re using an external mic (which I do a lot), and want to hear your levels before shooting. What I usually do is get the mic hooked up and record a short clip and play it back through the camera’s internal speaker to get a quick listen. This prevents you from accidentally forgetting to turn the mic on, etc.

Editing:

  • Though I sometimes don’t have the time to do this, it’s best to convert your files before editing them. They are natively h.264 compressed and that doesn’t always work so well in Final Cut Pro. Converting the files to Apple ProRes 422 in Compressor or Final Cut makes for better editing. The files also come off the camera kind of high in contrast, and this conversion cuts it down a bit and gives a more natural look.
  • If you do not have Final Cut Pro for converting, MPEG StreamClip works pretty well, and is free!
  • Be patient. These are big files and take awhile to render/export. I edit on a MacBook Pro and a G5 Tower with 8GB of RAM, and both still take a good amount of time to process these big files.

That’s all I have for now, hope this was helpful!

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What if someone tricked you and painted a soccer ball brown…

Ever wonder what would happen if one were to give a seven-year-old a microphone and let her interview a bunch of professional soccer players and coaches? Wonder no more.

I filmed, edited and produced this piece for revolutionsoccer.net – featuring Revolution team captain Steve Ralston’s daughter Anna -  one day after the Revs’ training session last week.

Definitely a slight departure from the norm, but a lot of fun and people are enjoying it.

Watch the video here.

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A few things to share

Since I’ve basically been a no-show here on my blog in 2009, here’s a few things I’d like to share as far as my work goes.

As usual, we have a ton of web initiatives taking place over at Gillette Stadium for both teams!

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Meeting one of the Best

Last week I had the privilege of meeting one of the world’s top sports photographers – Sports Illustrated’s Peter Read Miller. Admittedly, I did not know him by name before I was asked to join him and several other photographers in an event run by Canon at Gillette Stadum. However, I surely knew his photos and if you are a sports fan – you probably do too.

The whole thing came about because of the MIAA High School Super Bowls that were being hosted at Gillette Stadium the weekend of Dec. 6th. Canon had invited Peter along with his assistant, Max, and a local high school photo contest winner (I apologize but I don’t have his name! He was a great photographer with an amazing future ahead of him) to speak to a group of high school photography students from Stoughton that were going to be shooting the MIAA events over the weekend through Canon.

I was asked to also speak at this from the perspective of a Patriots employee who had a photography background. I talked about my experience shooting the ‘Media Days’ at last year’s Super Bowls (photos here) and what it was like finagling my way around a crowded room full of football players and national media. I showed six of my own photos (see the Wes Welker photo to the right) to the crowd of about 20 kids.

I went on after Peter, so it was a little nerve racking going on after a 30+ year veteran at Sports Illustrated, but the kids seemed to like it, so it worked out well. Peter basically showed his favorite photos from over the last 30 years and gave some back story to some of them, which was pretty interesting.

Max went on after me and he also spoke about his experience at last year’s Super Bowl, which was actually a video he shot interviewing other photographers on what it’s like getting into the photography business these days.

Afterward, while the photo students were enamored by Gillette Stadium and shooting photos of everything in sight, I had the opportunity to pick Peter’s brain a bit from everything to equipment to shooting techniques, so for someone who was there to lend their experiences to others (me), I sure learned a lot in the mere two hours I took part in this event.

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Animoto Video

As one who edits video quite a bit, I amost feel like I’m cheating a bit using Animoto. However, they do a really good job of displaying photos in a non-slideshow like manner. I haven’t used it for anything other than ‘party’ photos thus far, like Rich’s 30th birthday (below).

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