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.

Are Your CF and SDHC Cards Fast Enough for Video

Posted: October 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Hoodman, video, video production | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

When shooting video, it is more important than ever to shoot to the right kind of card.  If you don’t, the video might look fine when playing it back on the camera, but when you get to editing the clips, you will find dropped frames.  These are not the dropped frames you get from using a slow hard drive (see entry on hard drives) where the frame is in the file but the drive is just too slow to show every individual frame, but where the frame was not recorded to the file.

For video recording, you need to use a CF UDMA or SDHC card of the right class or higher.  These cards have ways of transferring the data at a higher rate than regular cards, which is needed when dealing with the amount of data created shooting HD video.  The camera’s instruction book will tell you what the requirements are.

I like the RAW series of CF and SDHC cards made by Hoodman (see the side bar) for a number of reasons.  They are made in America, unlike much of the other video equipment we use.  They are single layer and have had a zero failure rate so far.  They are rated for 500,000 life cycles which means they will outlive me even if I filled them up and downloaded them 10 times a day for the next 130+ years.  The cards speeds are some of the fastest in the world.

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SECRETS OF VIDEO PRODUCTION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

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

6pm-9pm

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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