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.

NLE editing with Premiere Pro CS5 of Yuma Sand Dunes

Posted: October 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Final Cut Studio, Manfrotto, Panasonic, video production, Workflow | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Yuma sand dunes by Lee White

Being an advertising and editorial photographer and videographer in Los Angeles I have spent decades going on location.  My advertising and editorial photography assignments have taken me around the world but some of the most fun have been local assignments that I can drive to within a day.  This is specially true with what has happened with air travel lately.  Not only do I get to take extra equipment, but I get to visit additional locations along the route.  I get to stretch my shooting eye along with my legs at these photo stops.

Recently, I drove to Tucson Arizona from Los Angeles so had the chance to drive through the sand dunes near Yuma on I-8.  I got there around 3:30 in the afternoon when it was a balmy 105 degrees.  There were mild gusts of wind that blew the extra fine sand swirling around my feet.   If you watch the video the video closely you will see it flowing over the surface in some of the shots.

Amazingly enough even through it was a Sunday afternoon the dunes were mostly undisturbed.  One set of footprints went up the top the major dune but other that that the civilians had not trod over everything since the last thunderstorm wiped away their traces.  I wish I could say that about the two people that later walked within feet of my tripod and me continuing on directly into where I was filming.  Since both had cameras and were taking pictures I wonder were the courtesy of asking if I was done shooting went but…

Can you tell I edited this on Premiere Pro?  Of course, not.  Unlike cameras with particular compression formats or lenses with certain characteristics that might be visible in the final video, there is nothing to tell the viewer what software was used to edit the video.  A long time Final Cut Pro user I am checking out other NLEs.  The attached video was done in a few hours on a friend’s Premiere Pro system.

I had the chance to spend a day training on Premiere Pro in a class by Weynand training at DV Expo in Pasadena, now called Rev Up Transmedia.  I found Premiere Pro to be very similar to FCP7.  There are some useful features like being able to edit many formats without the need to transcode and the speech to text.  There are a are some differences in shortcut keys, color correction, rendering and I’m sure more once I have had a chance to work with Premiere Pro in my own editing suite I’ll find more.

Lee White working with Panasonic HMC 40 on Manfrotto tripod and fluid head

Once again, I’m wearing the most comfortable hat I have ever had, the Redrock Micro cap.

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