This post is about the reality of the operation of the unit, over a year later "IRL" - in real life, though various shoots. I'll keep this short and sweet and highlight some of the main experiences that have changed...and some that have not and probably will not. I'll first deal with rigging, then move onto firmware, then color correction/images.Read More
Ah the Sony FS7, which we were one of the first in the world to review last year, has a new firmware update out. Well liked this little affordable camera has been taking over the indie scene and with good reason. It's a true mini F5, a great camera itself.
However, like that camera it was released in an incomplete state. Well over a year later, has Sony finally fixed the camera? The answer is yes. Absolutely.Read More
This post (part 1 of 2, possibly) will be short and sweet due to lack of time. This little post is in regards to the reality of using the thing for a few weeks - mostly for video (but not exclusively) in a documentary shooting style.Read More
I received the beautiful 42mm Apple Watch Stainless Steel edition on April 24th 2015. I have now been using it and wearing it daily since, and now with just over two months in I feel compelled to write some real thoughts about using it.
You can read great overviews and reviews at places like imore.com. I will spare you all of the technical jargon and get to brass tax - what it’s really like in the life of a busy creative who works 12-18 hours a day.Read More
My goodness, 2014 was loaded with so much going on that I didn’t have much time to write about it. We completed some major threat avoidance films, purchased and tested a LOT of gear, and made some major shifts in how we work. Here’s a quick look at the year in review, starting with our conversion to a fully 4k-capable workflow from acquisition to edit to render out. Let's take a look, shall we?Read More
I received our Shogun Recorder from Atomos yesterday and will post a better review/some additional information after the holidays. I have to say however that while usable and it does what it says it will do... it feels quite cheap. Does that mean it's not worth purchasing? Well, read on to find out.Read More
After running a lot around with the Sony PXW-FS7 Camera and documenting it’s handful of odd known quirks and issues, Emmy award-winning cinematographer and frequent collaborator Rick Macomber and myself decided to get together for a few hours to shoot another test film. The results are above, and it’s a little more creative this time – with an actress and a poem written for it by yours truly. Click to watch, and to learn about what we found out.Read More
This is a very short FS7 test, from my first real session shooting it besides messing around in the house while it rained. Once I got a clear day, I took the camera to the park and shot this over an hour, very quickly, all handheld/shoulder mounted as the camera comes out of the box. This is not my best work by any means, and has no real story, but so many people asked for some images I tossed this together. Includes extensive ongoing/evolving review.Read More
As you may know, I founded the NeedCreative Podcast a couple of years ago, and later handed the reigns to Ben Consoli as I retired from the show. Ben took up and ran with the concept, eventually turning the show into the "Go Creative Show".
In the intervening time, I have been producing all kinds of works, and experimenting with drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems. I created a video about my experiments for a MIT panel, and now it's fitting that I am back on the show - as a guest - to talk about my experiences.Read More
So we have some new cameras. There will be a little test video coming up soon (an internal test but why not share it?)
In the meantime, let's have a look at a graded C300 shot next to a graded Sony A7s shot. Both same lens - Canon 24-105 F4 at F4. Graded but no noise reduction applied.Read More