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 also teaching classes at Santa Monica College in video production for professional photographers and photography students.
Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: Red Giant Software | Tags: CloudEyes, DualEyes, Lee White, Los Angeles commercial photographer Lee White, plural eyes, presto plug-ins, Red Giant Software | No Comments »
Red Giant software just announced it has acquired all of the Singular Software products. This means that the PluralEyes, DualEyes, CloudEyes and Presto plug-ins will now be Red Giant Products. But never fear as Red Giant has also brought on board the entire engineering team and should release the PluralEyes 3.0 for MAC as scheduled this summer. Red Giant is continuing to supple the industry with smart software solutions.
For more information about Red Giant software go to: www.redgiantsoftware.com
Posted: September 9th, 2010 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: LaCie | Tags: california photographers, LaCie 2Big Quadra, LaCie hard drives, LaCie rugged, Lee White, Lee White Photography, Los Angeles advertising photographer, Los Angeles photographer | No Comments »
You can store video files on any speed hard drive but editing video is a different matter. If you use too slow a drive, it will not be able to provide Final Cut Pro or your choice of NLE the video frames fast enough. Slow drives result in dropped frames and make it impossible to precisely frame edit. You need a 7200 RPM drive to edit video.
You should use a different hard drive to store your video data than your Final Cut Pro or other NLE application drive. It is just very taxing on one drive to both run the NLE application and be constantly feeding video data for editing.
I prefer the LaCie hard drives for both travel and in my studio. I have been using them for over a decade without trouble and years before they became a sponsor of my Secrets of Video Production for Photographers. For storing my files while traveling, I find the little orange wrapped “Rugged” 7200 RPM drive to suit my needs. Be careful and make sure you get a 7200RPM one as there are 5400 RPM speed ones available. In the studio, I like the 2big Quadra as it can be configured in a variety of ways to meet your needs of safety and speed.
One last note, you need to connect the hard drives via either firewire or eSata connections as USB is just too slow.
Posted: March 31st, 2010 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: Apple, Education, Workflow, video | Tags: advertising photographer, Apple's Final Cut Studio, California advertising photographer, california photographers, commercial photographers, editorial photographer, Lee White, Lee White Photography, Los Angeles photographer, photography educator, Redrock Micro, Zeiss lens | No Comments »
Video production for photographers is coming to Chicago on April 16 and 17. I’m looking forward to the windy city right after visiting NAB in Las Vegas for a few days.
Friday night is going to be the APA evening presentation from 6:30pm to 9:00pm where I give a basic outline of the process of video production within a still production and the additional software and equipment needed. Richard Wiser of VMI Broadcast and Professional video said of the evening, “ I found the information accurate and interesting and your presentation top-notch.” See http://midwest.apanational.com for more details.
Saturday’s workshop is always fun and informative as I have more time to really get into video production. In the morning, we look at the basics from a different point of view and then build on those basics including about when to call in a post house like Rawworks to help. In the early afternoon we do some lighting and camera techniques followed by a short commercial shoot with the latest equipment from Manfrotto, Panasonic, Ziess, Marshall Electronics, Redrock Micro, Beachtek, Sennhieser, K-Tek, Hoodman, and LaCie. I then take that video into Final Cut Studio, edit it and output it for various distribution methods. The day gives anyone interested in video production a good outline to follow in their own productions. See www.tiny.cc/chiapr17 for more details.
Video production is changing by the day and can be confusing to photographers just getting into motion. Having a working understanding of the overall picture, helps give the photographer getting into video production a understanding of how to judge what equipment and software to use. Once the photographer is producing video, there are a number of ways to market their new skill set to current and potential clients.
Christopher Lozano www.tlsHollywood.com did this time lapse click (MOVIE) of the LA evening presentation.
Posted: November 30th, 2009 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: Apple, Education, Lighting, Workflow, video | Tags: Apple's Final Cut Studio, Beachtek, digital video, Lee White, Lee White Photography, Los Angeles photographer, photographers learning video production, photography educator, post production, professional photographer, SmartSound, video editing, video production, videography by photographer, videography for photographers, Zeiss lens | No Comments »
In the last year, the idea of photographers producing video has exploded and photographers are now gearing up to take advantage of this interest. As advertisers and magazines turn to video on the web, cable and mobile devices to get out their message, there are more opportunities than ever for you to do video in tandem with your photography to capture new clients and sell video services to existing clients.
Producing video creates a fundamental change in your workflow, so you need new tools and techniques to take the step from photography to video. You need to learn what the new technologies mean to you from a photographer’s point of view. This is why Lee White has created two events to help guide you into video. The first is a two–hour evening event that will go over the steps you as a photographer need to know to create video productions. The second is a one-day workshop that will go in-depth about each step so you can start producing your own video.
The Thursday evening will include:
Companies showing the latest in video equipment and software for video suitable for photographers getting into video.
A raffle for a copy of Apple’s Final Cut Studio editing software
FREE SOFTWARE: SmartSound will give each attendee a free copy of their Sonicfire Pro 5 software along with free royalty-free music.
A presentation that covers:
- The photographer’s unique position for this new market
- The creative planning stage and new concepts photographers need to think about
- Pre-production considerations when planning a video shoot
- Understanding lighting, filming and sound techniques for video
- Post-production in the photographer’s studio
The Saturday workshop will include:
- How photographers can apply their present skills to video
- The importance of workflow including recording formats
- Estimating and planning combined photography and video productions
- Tools and techniques of video production
- Camera, lighting and grip equipment demonstrations
- Editing demonstrations
For more information on the workshop visit: Video Workshop
LEE WHITE is presently instructing two college classes on HD video production for photographers at Santa Monica College. One is an intensive six-week class for professionals and the other is a sixteen-week class for photography students at the college. Lee has been a professional advertising photographer for more than thirty years. While still a student at Art Center, College of Design, he shot images for movie posters for Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount. Shortly after starting his professional career, he became involved with photomatics for companies such as Mattel plus shooting on set and so began his career-long adventure with narrative imaging. Over a decade ago, Lee started shooting digital video for clients and has experienced video production on all levels from feature films to simple web content.
Los Angeles events:
Thursday, January 14 evening presentation
5th and Sunset Studios
12322 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 900064
Saturday, January 16 workshop
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Helms Daylight Studio
3221 Hutchin Ave #E,
Los Angeles, CA 90034
For more information on the workshop visit: Video Workshop
Thursday, January 28 evening presentation
6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, January 30 workshop
10 am – 5 pm
Posted: October 14th, 2009 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: Canon 7d, Lighting, photo lighting, video | Tags: California advertising photographer, dramatic lighting, editorial photographer, Lee White, Litepanels Micro, Los Angeles advertising photographer, Los Angeles photographer, video, Zeiss 28mm lens | No Comments »
Now that the Canon 7d is out, can new video from Nikon and Panasonic be far behind? Some more interesting new products are out to help photographers move into doing short form video. One of the problems that photographers got away from long ago was the need to use constant lights with the advent of strobes. The constant lights were hot both to handle and on the subject, it took a lot of wattage to get a decent exposure, and were 3200 K so had to be gelled to balance with daylight which brought down the power even more. Well, as wonderful as strobes are and I’m a big advocate of using them whenever possible except for a very few highly specialized stop motion systems, they are useless for video.
If you want to shoot video, now there are a number of choices beyond the old tungsten lights. One type that is finding favor with cinematographers is the new LED light. As a light source, they are powerful (for their size), small, sturdy, draw little power and a are daylight-balanced source that run very cool. As of now, to light large areas you still might need a number of 1 x1 panels that can cost quite a bit but that will surely change in the near future. For now you can start by trying one of the smaller battery powered on camera LED lights like the Litepanels Mirco or MicroPro. Powerful enough to light small scenes or use as a fill in some cases, it can be dimmed with little color change. I have found them useful off camera for interviews or as a kicker and on camera for an eye-light and run and gun situations. I wish I had had some when filming in the catacombs of Paris a few years ago. The quarters were cramped with no place for stands and these LED lights could have been hand held right where I needed them. Image by © Lee White
Litepanels Micro LED
Zeiss continues to grow their line of Canon mount manual focus lenses that are especially suited for the DSLRs with video capabilities. The latest is the ZEISS Distagon T* 2/28 ZE which is a moderate wide-angle lens designed for full-frame (D)SLR cameras, delivering a 74-degree field of view. Like the other Zeiss ZE lenses, it incorporates a CPU and data contacts for communication with the camera body and long focus pull. This lens is meant to be used on the Canon cameras such as the 5d Mark II and the new 7d. As I have mentioned before, Zeiss already has a line of Nikon lenses for video capable DSLRs.
Zeiss Distagon F2 28mm lens for Canon
Posted: October 7th, 2009 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: Canon 7d, video | Tags: advertising photographer, California advertising photographer, California coast, california photographers, Canon 7d, first production Canon 7d model in US, hybrid video, Lee White, Los Angeles photographer, photography educator, video | No Comments »
Canon 7d the new DSLR with expanded video capabilities; I just received one of the first production Canon 7d cameras in the US. It probably comes as no surprise to most of my clients and professional friends, since I have been shooting tandem stills and video in my projects for a decade now, that I would be one of the first to get this camera. In fact if you look back a few blog entries, you will find I announce the 7d just a few hours after Canon officially announced it in Sweden in the middle of our night. Why Sweden? I have no idea. I like Sweden; I have shot in Sweden and found it a beautiful and welcoming country.
Since many of my projects include video as well as stills, a DSLR with good video capabilities was something I am very interested in. Yes, I shot with the Canon 5d MarkII and found it somewhat lacking in a few critical areas. Mainly it was restricted to the one HD format of 1080p (progressive) at a true 30FPS, which is a non-standard frame rate for anything. Plus the sound is not only automatic gain controlled but also recorded in 44,100 kHz, which is CD quality instead of 48,000 kHz, which is digital video quality.
The canon 7d has taken care of the format issues by giving us five HD formats – Full HD in1080p at 23.976, 1080p at 25 and 1080p at 29.97, HD in 720p at 59.94 and 50, all of which are standards for NTSC and PAL, see one of the images below. The audio is still automatic gain control but has been bumped up to a DV standard of 48,000 kHz in linear PCM. At this point, I should probably bring up the chip size which is the smaller 22.3 x 14.9 AFS-C which some might think is not the direction to be going in but I find it a positive move. This is near the same size as 35mm movie film and so the look is very similar. One of the problems I found shooting with the Mark II was the depth of field at times was so shallow that even trained actors would shift slightly and end up out of focus on close-ups. Remember the auto focus is virtually non-existent shooting video with these cameras; you need to manually pull focus if you are tracking focus.
The controls on the camera body have changed as well. The on and off switch has moved to just below the mode dial and there is just a lock switch where the on, off and lock used to be. I guess this prevents one from turning the camera off when trying to unlock the settings. There is now a dedicated liveview shooting button that also turns on and off the video recording. The print button has the added feature of being a one touch Raw-Jpeg button. Another completely new button is the Quick Menu button that gives you quick menu in the LCD to change shooting functions.
Canon 7d back showing video formats
Enough tech stuff; what about shooting with the 7d and the images? I was looking forward to trying one of the new Zeiss prime lenses out with the first outing with the 7d but no joy there. I ended up using my trusted Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4 lens but remember the smaller sensor creates a 1.6 magnification. A side note: you can do a decent job of zooming and short follow focus with this lens if you give yourself a bit room to start as the lens seems to jerk a little at the beginning. I wanted to test the contrast range with the 7d considering the 5d has been noted for crushing the blacks so I picked a friend’s gloss black and chrome classic Harley-Davidson (see the video test below) for a dramatic subject. The 7d does show a real time histogram with livepicture in the still mode, but there is no realtime histogram in the video mode. After shooting a bit of footage, I took a look at its histogram and there still appears to be some crushing of the blacks although the highlights seem to have very full gradations and there is good rendition through to the lower values. This is a very unsophiscated real world test but I’m not sure how valuable shooting color charts are either.
Classic Harley_Davidson on Canon 7d
The weekend brought almost 30MPH winds to the California coast preventing my doing the girl at the beach test I did with the 5d. However, it did bring some angry seas with interesting waves, so I tried the different formats to get an idea of the motion representations. I also braved the wind out on the break water to get some clips of the seagulls floating on the winds to get another motion test of the three NTSC HD formats (see sample clips below of coastline, wave and seagulls.)
The clips were converted for the web and so don’t fully represent the original footage which would be impossible to stream. Videos by www.leewhitephoto.com
New Canon 7d camera used by Los Angeles photographer Lee White to shoot video along California coast.
1080p @ 30FPS
1080p @ 24 FPS
720p @ 60FPS
1080p @ 30 FPS
1080p @ 30 FPS
1080p @ 24 FPS
720p @ 60 FPS
Posted: September 1st, 2009 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: Canon, Education, Workflow, video | Tags: Add new tag, Canon 5d, commercial photographers, Lee White, Los Angeles photographer, professional photographer, video | No Comments »
Canon 7D DSLR camera with HD video of interest to advertising photographers. I’m looking forward to testing the 7d to see how it might work for the videos I do for my clients. Sept. 1, 2009 2:30 A.M. PST breaking news for those thinking about adding video to their photography and just using one camera for both. Just announced in Sweden a few hours ago was Canon’s 7D with expanded video capablities. In light of the Collision Conference that just happened in Los Angeles this last weekend and the stir created by the video REVERIE created on the 5D Mark II, a new addition to Canon’s DSLR line with video is welcome. The 7D is a less expensive camera than the 5D Mark II using a smaller CMOS chip of 22.3mm x 14.9mm rather than the full frame chip of 36mm x 24mm which give the 7D a magnification factor of 1.6x. It is set to be a 18 megapixel still camera using dual Digic 4 image proscessors that also shoots the two HD formats of 1920 x 1080p and 1280 x 720p. The ISO range is 100 to 6400 like the 5D but tops out at 12,800 expanded unlike the 5D’s expanded reaching 25,600. It has continous raw shooting speed is fast at 8 FPS for 15 frames compared to the 5D at just under 4 FPS. The autofocus has 19 points instead of 9 points for the 5D.
For video, the long hoped for 24FPS (23.976) is here along with 25FPS and 30FPS (29.97) in 1080p with 720p being restricted to 50 or 60FPS. The smaller chip means a depth of field much like that of the 35mm motion picture cameras as they both have about the same size image area. The Canon 7D has an interesting choice of 60FPS for the 720p which helps with fast action, crisper freeze frames and smoother slow motion. It will be interesting to follow the testing of this camera to see how it might best fit into a photographer’s workflow. Canon reportly plans on shipping late September. For more details on this camera visit Canon’s website.
Posted: August 31st, 2009 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: Canon, Education, video | Tags: 5d Mark II, advertising photographer, CA, California, California advertising photographer, california photographers, Canon, Canon 5d, college class in video, college instructor, commercial photographers, dramatic lighting, editorial photographer, Lee White, location photographer, Los Angeles, Los Angeles advertising photographer, narrative, people photography, photography, photography educator, portrait, Redrock Micro, video | No Comments »
As a professional advertising photographer in Los Angeles, video production was a craft that has been around me daily. I photographed the print side of commercials and shot specials on set working closely with the crew. Then almost a decade ago, I saw the desirability of shooting video to extend my creative range and supply clients with more creative services along with my photography. I first shot in standard definition and now shoot in high definition with incredible tools such as the very cinematic Canon 5d Mark II. As the internet was starting to become fast enough to play clips and cable had a growing need for material, my clients have increasingly asked for video shot with my “photographer’s eye”.
I have taken my skills in lighting, composition and mise-en-scene and applied them to the continuous narrative that is video. I first sought out video editors to learn what was needed to join clips together to tell a flowing story. If you know where you want to end up, it is much easier to get there. As I learned editing, it allowed me to understand what needs to be shot and how it needs to edit together. From there it has been practice, shooting for clients and watching the trends in films, commercials and on the web. It has come to a point where I teach a college course for professional photographers who want to learn video.
I’m using a Canon 5d Mark II on a rig by Redrock Mirco. Photo by the well known retoucher Dennis Dunbar.
Lee White using Canon 5d in video mode with Redrock Micro gear.
Posted: May 6th, 2009 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: Lighting | Tags: advertising photographer, advertising photography, california photographers, commercial photographers, Dom DeLuise, dramatic lighting, Lee White, Los Angeles advertising photographer, Los Angeles photographer, portrait | No Comments »
Dom DeLuise died today and the world lost a very funny comic and a wonderfully kind man. As a Los Angeles advertising photographer, I had the privilege of working with Dom recently, possibly his last commercial photography session. I have included one of my favorite photographs from that shoot.
Dom DeLuise last photography session with Los Angeles professional photographer Lee White
I was doing advertising photographs for his house ware – cookware line. Many of the shots involved food as props and you guessed it, Dom being the connoisseur that he was insisted on bringing the props. He showed up at my Los Angeles studio with a limo full of fine cheeses, marvelous smoked meats and fish, luscious fruits and vegetables. The shoot was incredibly fun. There was Dom in each shot surrounded by one of the things he loved, great food, happy as could be. As we finished each shot, Dom always the gracious host, even in my studio, would make everyone sit down and eat all the food from that shot. It was like being in an Old Italian movie where the cast and crew would shoot then take a meal break together then back to shooting. All the while, Dom would be telling stories of working with Hollywood’s elite. I think I had at least a ten-course meal that day and loved every minute of it.
I will never forget that last enchanting day I spent with this kind and loving man, a very funny man and a man who lived life to the fullest. I will always appreciate the gentleness he showed my daughter and niece when they stopped by and he insisted on have them take a picture with him and his beloved bird.
Posted: May 2nd, 2009 | Author: Lee White | Filed under: Canon, Education, Workflow, photo lighting | Tags: Audio Technica, California advertising photographer, california photographers, California sunbounce, Canon 580 EX, Canon 5d, commercial photographers, corporate portraits, dedo lights, direct light, dramatic lighting, editorial photographer, JVC video cameras, Lectrosonics, Lee White, location photographer, Los Angeles photographer, Marshall Electronics, Matthews Studio Equipment, panasonic video cameras, people photographer, Photoflex, Shure, video | No Comments »
Los Angeles photographers have the NAB convention to help keep them up-to-date. Commercial photographers like me often do advertising photography with the flavor of photojournalism to make location photography seem more real including my video work. The new video equipment I saw at NAB will help with that. When I do editorial photography, I often get to do video interviews and some of the new equipment will help with that was well.
Los Angeles photographer dramatic night portraiture with Canon 5D
I had some very productive chats with the following representatives and want to thank them for all their information. In chronological order Peter of Lectronics, Fred at Audio Technica, Red of Photoflex, Joey of Mathhews Studio Equipment, Greg at JVC, Douglas at Shure, Ulrich Goetze of California Sunbounce, Mike of Marshall Electronics, Bernie of Panasonic, and Jennifer of dedoweightfilm.de.
California photographers are lucky to have so many resources locally. I have been shooting video for over seven years and there is more demand for it than ever.