I'm an advertising photographer/videographer based in Los Angeles, California. My mission is to create striking advertising photography, corporate photography and editorial photography of people for major advertising agencies, fortune 500 corporations and major magazines. I shoot photography and video assignments throughout California including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego as well as the rest of the world. As a photo educator I am happy to share my unique vision and methods. I'm currently teaching classes at College of the Canyons in video production for professional photographers and photography students. I give workshops, seminars and lectures on short form video production at colleges, organizations and conferences around the world.

Scoring Video Dialogue with Music

Posted: July 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: SmartSound, video production | No Comments »

I have often wondered why when scoring a video that the music I picked lost most of it’s impact when I tried using it with dialogue and narration.  Kevin Klingler at SmartSound has explained why and how to fixed the problem in a very short but informative piece.  I suggest you take a few minutes and read the article at their SmartSound site at https://www.smartsound.com/blog/video-scoring-tip-audio-density-in-video.html?utm_source=20140706&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MusicScoring&utm_term=Spotting

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Poorman’s Copyright Myth or Fact?

Posted: May 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education | No Comments »

Poorman’s copyright is where you mail a copy of the work to yourself.  “It is not a form of registering copyright and will not hold up in any legal action,” Copyright Office, website.

 

I am not an attorney nor do I play one on TV so this is only my understanding of the copyright situation and is not legal advice.  You should always seek out your legal advice from a qualified attorney.

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© how do you register your copyright?

Posted: May 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, video production, Workflow | Comments Off

Registering your copyright is fairly easy.  You can register your copyright of images online, by mail or by hand.  Registering online is the less expensive costing $35 and quickest way.  By mail is the next easiest but takes longer and is more expensive at $60.  By hand is the least convenient unless you live near the copyright office in Washington DC and costs the same as by mail which is $60 and more than online.

You can register online at http://www.copyright.gov/eco/notice.html

Why go to the trouble of registering your copyright if you get it by simply take the images?  See the next post.

I am not an attorney nor do I play one on TV so this is only my understanding of the copyright situation and is not legal advice.  You should always seek out your legal advice from a qualified attorney. 

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© why register your copyright?

Posted: May 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, video production, Workflow | Comments Off

Why register your copyright? “Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation.”  Copyright Office, Website.

 

I am not an attorney nor do I play one on TV so this is only my understanding of the copyright situation and is not legal advice.  You should always seek out your legal advice from a qualified attorney.

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© copyright when is it created?

Posted: May 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, video production, Workflow | No Comments »

The copyright of a image or motion picture – video is created as soon as the image, be it a still or video frame, is created.  In other words push the shutter and you create a copyright of the frame as you create the frame itself. 

But what about registering that copyright?  Is that automatically done as well?  Find out about that in the next post.

 

I am not an attorney nor do I play one on TV so this is only my understanding of the copyright situation and is not legal advice.  You should always seek out your legal advice from a qualified attorney.

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© copyright what is it?

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, video production, Workflow | Comments Off

As a professional photographer and videographer in Los Angeles shooting advertising and editorial assignments, I copyright everything I do. 

What is copyright? It is exactly what it sounds like, the right to copy.  The copyright owner has the right to control who gets to use copies of a image or motion picture (video).

In the next post learn when the copyright is created.

 

I am not an attorney nor do I play one on TV so this is only my understanding of the copyright situation and is not legal advice.  You should always seek out your legal advice from a qualified attorney.

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Glidecam Smooth Video in Your Hand

Posted: April 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Glidecam | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Glidecam HD2000 for smooth and steady video.  As an advertising photographer, I have long understood the importance of a steady photograph.  In the case of video, techniques for smooth and steady images are harder than simply choosing a high shutter speed.   The simplest solution is using a good fluid head on sticks, but what to do when you need to move the camera during the shot?

One of the best solutions is the Glidecam. This simple but elegant piece of finely constructed stabilization equipment is based on the simple concept of center of gravity.  The key is the finely honed three-axis Gimbal that results in incredibly smooth shots whether you are panning, tilting, booming or running.

The hand-held Glidecam offers unparalleled controllability with a wide variety of cameras in a size that travels easily in your kit.  With a little practice, you should have those hard to get shots where the camera floats along with the subject.

Set-up requires no tools and is a snap if you follow the easy to do steps in the video below.

http://youtu.be/h0Qlyl6Nl4M

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So when you want gracefully smooth shots whether walking, running, going up stairs or over rough terrain the Glidecam is the go to stabilizer.

For more information: www.glidecam.com

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Advertising Photography in the New Age

Posted: October 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Lee White Photography | Tags: , , , | No Comments »
Family

Family?

As an advertising photographer in Los Angles California, I am called upon to illustrate concepts in my advertising and editorial photography.  The first read should be clear and understandable while there might and hopefully are many other layers and some subtexts with the image.  So what is up with this image?

The first read is that of a women, probably a mother with two boys, probably her sons and brother to each other.  There is no one else in the image so we start with these conclusions.   Now we start to read into the image based on our own biases.

Where is the father?  Is he just outside of frame or hidden by the horizon? Or is this a modern single parent family?  What else is hidden by the sand?  What has caught the boy’s attention?  This brings up why is the view such that we cannot see what the boys are looking at?  Where are they…? at the beach…?in the desert…?  The clothing give so no clue so we are left wondering.

Some advertising and editorial images can be used just to capture the viewer’s attention and bring them into the story told by the text.  I would allow comments and would enjoy them except for the crazy spammers.

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Free Webinar: Lightroom for Everyone

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

As a professional photographer in Los Angeles county, California I’m always ready to learn more about the tools I use.  Please note that David Riecks is giving away his very handy Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog.  The information below is from Rob Sylvan.

Lightroom for Everyone

By Rob Sylvan

Lightroom for Everyone

I’m very excited to have the opportunity to conduct a free webinar aimed at helping new Lightroom users learn how to get started on the right foot, avoid common pitfalls, and become more efficient with Lightroom; my absolute favorite photo workflow tool. We’ve only got about 100 seats left open, so head on over to  register now. The webinar is going to be streamed live on Tuesday, October 8th, 10-11 a.m. PST / 1-2 p.m. EST.

If a free Lightroom webinar was not enough reason to sign up we’ll also be giving away a free subscription to the awesome Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog (thanks to David Riecks) and a full license to Lightroom 5 (courtesy of Adobe). Details of the giveaways will be given out during the webinar, and you have to be registered to be eligible to win. So head over to the Lightroom for Everyone sign up page and register!

This webinar is being sponsored by Stocksy United, which is an amazing stock photography co-op that is creating a sustainable business model for both contributors and customers by providing exclusive content at competitive prices that is fresh, authentic, and doesn’t look like the stock photography you can find everywhere else. I’m honored to be a co-op member and hope you will check them out the next time you need stock photos for your project.

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Professional Photographers Find Value in DV Expo

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Education, video production | Tags: , | No Comments »
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As a professional photographer in Los Angeles, California, I’m always looking for ways to improve my photography whether it is still photography or video.  DV Expo was an important resource for professional photographers who want to learn more about producing video.  That was the obvious goal of the Expo.  But there were two sessions that I attended that would be helpful to photographers with shooting stills as well.

On Wednesday, I attend Richard Harrington’s session on Timelapse photography.  It gave me some interesting insights into using long exposures with great depth of field to give a great feeling of motion in Timelapse productions.  Timelapse is a tool that any photographer should have in their skill-set.

Another session I found had some very useful information was Robbie Carman’s all day Friday class on color correction and color grading.  Many of the tools and techniques related directly to handling still photography as well as video.  Some of the most important ideas were that our ability to adapt in seeing color makes it important to have the right environment and not to work to long on an individual image.  Creating a neutral environment with the right lighting is important to judging color and reducing eye fatigue.  Our ability to automatically adapt to new color bias makes it important not to work too long on an individual image while color correcting.  Rather it is better to work on color correcting an image for a short time and then come back to it to have a fresh judgment.

I recommend you consider getting as much information in the fast changing world of digital imaging in both still or motion.  DV Expo is one of the resources you should consider whether it is checking out the exhibit and/or one of more of the sessions.

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