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.

Customizable Music for All Your Video Production Needs

Posted: May 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: SmartSound | Tags: , , | No Comments »

The prize for the APA 2nd Short Video Contest “Best Audio” and “Best Overall” categories is sponsored by SmartSound and is 5 free albums and music editing software.

Plus ALL entrants receive 1 album and music editing software.

SmartSound has created a unique, patented technology that allows the user to easily and quickly manipulate music content in certain key ways, so that it can better fit a visual sequence. When music is customized to fit a visual sequence, that sequence is significantly enhanced and has much more impact than a scene with either no music, or music that is just simply attached as is.

This SmartSound technology needs certain music, which is “enabled” to work with its system. It’s this unique combination of patented technology and music designed to work with it, that results in such power and ease for the creative user. All SmartSound technology products are based on this combined system.

For more information go to www.smartsound.com

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Show Us Your World In Motion

Posted: April 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Chimera, Hoodman, SmartSound | Tags: , , | No Comments »
Call for entries for APA 2013 Short Video Contest

APA 2013 Short Video Contest

American Photographic Artists (APA) just announced their 2nd Annual Short Video Contest.  All creative professionals are invited to “Show Us Your World In Motion”.  Below are details of the contest and a link.  Just think there are over $15,000 in cash and some of the coolest video industry prizes.

More than that, every entrant is a winner because Smartsound.com is going to give every entrant a free album of their music and Sonicfire software to edit the music.

“The career of a photographer is all about telling stories. We know that many of you are actively engaging in shooting video/motion.  Clients increasingly demand that photographers are adding video as an integral part of their services offered.  APA wants to spotlight your talents directly to our extensive subscriber list.  This is a great opportunity to showcase your talent to the most respected decision makers in the industry.  And, our judges include prominent industry professionals, even more opportunities for you to get your work seen.”

“Beginning April 8th we ask you to submit up to three videos between one and five minutes each. The contest closes on May 26th at 5PM Pacific Standard Time.  Winners will be announced on June 11th.”

“There are over $15,000 in cash and prizes including $500 cash and prizes from Adobe, Agency Access, Chimera, Cinevate, Controlled Vocabulary, Dripbook, Glidecam, Hollywood Camera Works, Hoodman, ikan, indisystem, RedRock Micro, Resource, Roberts Imaging, smallHD, Smartsound, and Think Tank Photo.   In addition you can win bragging rights and become an award winning Video Director overnight in one of several of the fifteen categories being awarded.”

“To find out how to submit and to read the fine print please go here: http://tinyurl.com/APAvideo . The contest is open to APA and all creative content creators”.

Check it out I think you’ll want to enter.

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Secrets of Video for Photographers comes to Portland Oregon

Posted: March 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Beachtek, Chimera, Final Cut Studio, G-Technology, Hollywood DI, Hoodman, Indislider, K-tek, Manfrotto, Panasonic, Rawworks, Red Giant Software, Redrock Micro, Sennheiser, SmartSound, Zeiss | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Secrets of video for photographers is coming to Portland for two events that takes away the mystery of video production and replaces it with solid information.  More than just tech talk, Lee White also goes over ideas on how to increase revenue streams and creative strategies.

The evening seminar is two hours jammed packed with need to know info!

When: Friday, April 8, 2011
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Where: Newspace Center for Photography
1632 S.E. 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Cost: General $10, ASMP members & Students $5
Register Now!

All attendees will receive free SmartSound music and SonicFire music editing software .

Taking the step from stills to video can be a challenging one. You will have to learn how to deal with motion and sound, tell the visual story in a different way. There is new equipment to master. Post-production can be much more involved and time consuming. The explosion of interest in video both by clients and photographers in the last couple of years has opened new creative avenues for photographers. More photographers are being asked to create video content so are facing new challenges in estimating, production and post-production. Come and learn about the latest tools and techniques needed to create video. Learn how to better estimate the time and costs involved and how you need to approach video differently than stills while using your photographic talents to your advantage.

Lee White’s evening lecture presentation and videos will go over the steps photographers need to know in creating video without tearing their hair out.

During the evening Lee will discuss:
• How photographers can get new clients
• The latest in tools that make video production easier
• The all-important planning stage and what new concepts and costs photographers need to think about
• The importance of post-production
• HDSLR vs Camcorder in video production
• How photographers can apply their present skills to video

The latest equipment and software by sponsors Apple, Manfrotto, Panasonic, Zeiss,  Sennheiser, Beachtek. Red Giant Software, SmartSound, G-Technology, Indisystems, Chimera and Casio will be at the event for photographers to see.


Secrets of Video for Photographers workshop

This fast paced all-day workshop is not to be missed.

When: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Andy Batt’s Studio
2021 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Cost: General $150; ASMP members & Students $100 – Lunch included
Register Now!

All attendees will receive free SmartSound music and SonicFire music editing software .

Photography and video are coming together. In the last couple of years, the idea of photographers producing video has exploded and photographers now must gear up and learn the language of video. 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 fundamental changes to your workflow. It requires 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, a professional photographer and educator, has created an intensive all day workshop to help guide you into video. This hands-on workshop will go in depth about each step of video production so you can start producing your own video and avoid some of the most dangerous pitfalls.

In the morning, Lee White will go over the fundamentals of video production and direct a plan for a shoot for the afternoon. In the afternoon, we will shoot, and edit and color grade the video.

The Saturday subjects will include:
• The importance of workflow including recording formats and how to use them to your advantage
• Estimating and planning combined photography and video shoots with forms for estimating video production
• Understanding the lighting, filming and sound techniques needed for video
• Hands on experience with camera, lighting and sound equipment
• Editing and color grading demonstrations
• Common issues in directing talent and a chance to direct yourself
• The importance of post-production

The latest equipment and software by sponsors Apple, Manfrotto, Panasonic, Zeiss,  Sennheiser, Beachtek. Red Giant Software, SmartSound, G-Technology, Indisystems and Casio will be at the event for photographers to see in action.

Lecture and workshop are sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and ASMP Oregon.

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Check Often for New Music from SmartSound

Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: SmartSound, video production, Workflow | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

SmartSound the company that brought us the amazing Sonicfire Pro music software and a large customizable music library is adding new music all the time.  The newest additions are Coffee House Rules, Quiet Moments and Eclectric Beats albums.  The best thing about the library is it is searchable and downloadable anytime day or night.  If you are working at two AM on a tight deadline coming up that morning you can find the music you need and in a few moments have it edited into your project.  Find out more at www.Smartsound.com

Three New Music Albums

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Secrets at Brooks Institute of Photography

Posted: August 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Final Cut Studio, Hoodman, Indislider, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Redrock Micro, SmartSound, video, video production, Zeiss | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Thursday August 12, Brooks Institute of Photography hosted my Secrets of Video Production on what turned out to be one of the first truly sunny summer days this season. Both students and a large number of faculty attended my presentation held in one of the school’s spacious studios.  The theme was tabletop so I was able to spotlight the Indisliderpro with the Manfrotto 501 fluid head supported on Manfrotto 536 MPRO legs. Everyone was impressed with how sturdy and versatile the IndisliderPro was both when mounted on the Manfrotto legs and when placed right on the tabletop.  Everyone appreciated the value of the False Color and Peaking filters of the Marshall’s monitor and enjoyed being able to see what was going on as some of the students tried out the techniques I presented.  RedRockMicro’s support system and microFollowFocus was instrumental in demonstrating techniques like rack focus.  The cucaloris effect of the Chimera Window Patterns added life to both the background of some setups and dappled light directly on one setup illustrating a push-in technique with the Indisliderpro.  The LEDs from Litepanels were used as both main sources and kickers along with both the Lastolite Triflip and Skylite light modifiers.

Indislider Pro

Everything was shot to a RAW 16GB CF card and down loaded through the high speed RAW Firewire card reader on to LaCie harddrives supporting editing in Final Cut Pro on MacBook Pro.  Along with demonstrating a number of tabletop shooting situations, I had enough time to show a very basic NLE workflow.  Student received a Sonicfire Pro disk and suggestions on the use of royalty-free music in their future video and still to video productions.

The students asked lots of questions and quite a few got a chance to try the equipment for themselves in actual shooting situations.

Below is the tabletop wine video we did in the workshop.

Below is the tabletop push-in we did in the workshop.

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Charlotte Gets Secrets of Video Production for Photographers

Posted: June 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Agencyaccess, Apple, Beachtek, Education, Hoodman, K-tek, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Panasonic, Rawworks, Redrock Micro, Sennheiser, SmartSound, video, Zeiss | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Secrets of Video Production for Photographers is coming to Charlotte on June 18 and 19. I’m looking forward to my first visit to what promises to be a charming city.

Friday night is going to be the APA evening presentation from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Paradox Film & digital where I give a basic outline of the process of video production. I do this keeping in mind video is an additional component to a still production. I will discuss the techniques and tools needed to do video production. See http://charlotte.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 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 video productions. See www.tiny.cc/june18 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 an understanding of how to judge what equipment and software to use.

Christopher Lozano www.tlsHollywood.com did this time lapse click (MOVIE) of the LA evening presentation.

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Chicago Welcomes Secrets of Video Production

Posted: April 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Education, Litepanels, Panasonic, Rawworks, Redrock Micro, Sennheiser, SmartSound, video, video production, Zeiss | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Chicago was surprising.  As with the other cities, I had no doubt that the photography professionals attending would be welcoming but I had not expected the warmth they extended to me.  I did both my Secrets of Video Production for photographers evening presentation and Saturday workshop at Callie Lipkin’s very spacious studio.  Callie and her husband/studio manager Robert were great hosts and they have a great space that is also a rental, so if you are in need of a studio in Chicago, give them a call 773.853.2339.  APA’s Midwest director Megan was indispensible in getting things set up for my events.

Everyone was intent on learning about video production as this is a no nonsense group of professionals that see video production is the next stage of the now ever-changing landscape of professional image making.  They understand the days of being a pure professional photographer are fast disappearing and they are willing to take the next step, which is into video production.  I had at least two photographers  who drove from Columbus Ohio to attend.  Two more came from Milwaukee and plan on sharing what they learned with the rest of the crew at QuadPhoto.  Dave Busch of QuadPhoto was nice enough to send me an email that included the following quote, “The combination of facts, experiences and practical ideas you presented will undoubtedly save a lot of money and pain for any photographer that is just beginning to investigate video production.  Plus the tools, toys, and software you shared were a real eye opener for those of us who have already started shooting HD video with DSLR.  Thanks again for making the event well worth our time and the 180 miles we drove to attend!”

It was exciting to share with them some of the new development I saw at NAB a few days earlier in Vegas, including the exciting developments of Litepanels new hybrid LED that flash sync’s.  Zeiss’s new cine compact prime series was well as introducing them to Zeiss’s HDSLR series lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras.  Sonicfire’s new Voxal vocal albums and, of course, Redrock Micro’s upcoming wireless follow focus were just a few of the items I told them about.

I have no doubt that the Chicago professionals I met will have little problem making some great short form video content.  I look forward to them sharing some of their video experiences with me.

Workshop image including Lastolite light modifiers, Manfrotto 536 MPRO tripod (sticks) ©Megan Erskine

Lee White preparing to shoot commercial with model Maya using Marshall Electronics V-LCD70P-HDMI, Redrock Micro eyeSpy, Beachtech audio adapter DXA-5D ©callielipkin

Lee white talking about framing which is illustrated in the Marshall Electronics V-LCD70P-HDMI ©Megan Erskine

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The NAB Experience

Posted: April 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I will admit that the first few times I walked the various halls at NAB, I was both a little lost and overwhelmed.  This, of course, was before the recent flood of equipment and software directed toward smaller more independent content makers, especially those using the procomsumer video cameras and HDSLRs.  The majority of the show is still directed at large productions and facilities but there is more and more short form equipment and software showing up each year.

It is so big it takes multiple days to comfortably walk through and have a chance to see even a good portion of the show.  Many of the booths have demos going so you want time to stop and see them.  Often there are a variety of products at each booth and so you might have to go back at a later time to catch the demo you’re most interested in.  All the booths have representatives that given time will go through personal demos and entertain your questions.  I got to see the latest from Manfrotto, Litepanels, Panasonic, Zeiss, RedRock Micro, Smartsound, Sennheiser, Marshall Electronics, Hoodman, K-Tek, and LaCie.  This year I saw a growth in small plug-in creators for Apple products.

There are also a variety of speakers and classes on just about anything to do with every aspect of video and broadcast.  A few are free and interesting but most of these cost some type of conference fee.

If you look around a bit on the web, you can usually find a free pass to the exhibit halls and depending on your pocket book this might be the best way to first experience NAB.  After a few times, there you’ll get up to speed and be in the know about the latest and greatest.

By the way, 3D is all the rage this year with booth after booth touting something involving 3D.  It seems to be up in the air just when and if 3D will truly become widely accepted or remain a mostly theater experience but either way you heard it here first and partly that is what NAB is about; finding out about what might be the next great hit.

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Customizable Music with Vocals are here!

Posted: April 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Education, video | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

News from NAB 2010.  The new “Voxation Series” from SmartSound the royalty free music company I suggest gives a new dimension to customizable music for your video and multimedia productions.  The brand new Voxation Series features lyric-based vocal music from talented bands and musicians.  This lyric-based vocal music is still easily edited in length, arrangement and mix using Sonicfire Pro.

It works by having the instrument tracks and vocals on separate layers, which allows Sonicfire to manipulate the songs to fit the changes in your video.  SmartSound is the only company that can offer this level of adjustability.

These first two albums are one by Brady Harris with melodic tunes and savvy lyrics and the other by Indie Pop/Rock band Steep with more to follow.  SmartSound is going to keep the lyric driven music series growing and is working with a number of bands and musicians in developing more albums.

The pricing is $149.95 for an album and $59.95 for singles from the albums and as in the past are available online or in disk form (at a additional charge).  Visit Smartsound.com for more information and hear samples.

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Posted: November 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Education, Lighting, video, Workflow | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Denver events:

Thursday, January 28 evening presentation

6 pm – 9 pm

Saturday, January 30 workshop

10 am – 5 pm

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