Some time ago (is it a year?) I visited Photokina and discovered a funny tool called Ballpod. I worked with one of those for several weeks under (sometimes strange) conditions and can say: it was a lot of fun!
Ballpod is a very solid construction and makes your cam stand save nearly wherever you place it: trees, windows, roof tiles – even the head of a roundabout-horse. I had several cams (D3100, D800, 7D) on it and found out that I love to use it with my GoPro Hero 3 because it’s such a flexible and solid behind-the-scenes-team, but also the bigger boys feel comfortable with this tripod. Thumbs up Ballpod – great piece of gear!
Last week me and my girlfriend traveled around Lake Constance – one of the biggest lakes in Central Europe, connecting three countries: Austria, Germany and Switzerland. I didn’t bring a lot of gear with me, just my small Nikon with a 35mm 1.8 Nikkor lens, a Gorillapod and my GoPro Hero3 (White Edition). From time to time I took photos or placed the Hero3 anywhere around the private beach of our holiday flat. Here you can see some of the results.
As I already said: I produced some moving picture stuff with the Hero3 White Edition which will be edited in the next few days. Because I just could not find any solid, unedited footage of this Edition I’m going to upload a graded and an ungraded version of the final short. Behind the scenes:
I just discovered old films and as I still don’t own a proper scanner I just used my old document scanner and an iPad. Works not that bad, but I have to buy a better solution.
At the moment I’m playing around with some footage from the RED Epic (Digital Cinema Camera) – pretty cool piece of gear. What I’m interested in: is it possible to use it as a photo camera and where are the ups and downs of the workflow.
We all read from people using it for fashion shots and stuff like that, but most photographers out there never used it, so I’m going to start a small series of posts writing about the Epic.
When I first played around with it some time ago I took a 2 sec. sequence in a friends living room and opened the 70mb file I copied from the SSD right now. It looks like this:
The interesting part is inside this folder, a .r3d file. RED offers a special Photoshop plugin you can use to do all those raw-processing – at the moment this just works up to CS5 or so, after several tries I could not get it working with my installation of Photoshop CC but will write about it soon.
The good thing: CC opens the file native so you can start editing it just like any other video sequence, which is pretty cool. In the next article of this series I’m going to write about the plugin and what you can do with REDs raw files, here is just a small preview:
Well there was a lot of work that had to be done last few weeks, but last week I finished most of the running projects so way more free time to learn new things (like Ruby on Rails), record nice sounds and capture nice pictures at the moment.
Today I was learning some Rails and when a heavy rain hit us I grabbed my small Nikon and prepared to get really, really wet. After all not a big Photoshop thing, just some 16:9 b/w shots of one of my favorite places: my garden.