Welcome to our July 2015 photo/video/gadget newsletter
So much has been going on lately it is getting more and more difficult to write up these newsletters so I hope you enjoy this month’s concoction.
It seems a long time since I bought any new camera equipment and for me that is a good thing. Firstly, it saves me money but more importantly, I truly feel as though the kit I currently own does everything I need to produce the goods and more. I have access to:
- Superb 21mp stills from the trusty old 5D Mark II’s (still love them)
- Stunning professional HD video from the 5D’s and more so from the Sony PMW EX1 (now 8 years old)
- Incredible 4K/1080 footage from the Panasonic GH4 with all the other features including pretty good stills for general use (especially web)
- Incredible (for its size) 4K, 2.7K and 1080 HD footage from the Go Pro HD Hero 4 plus all its other features including time lapse, night lapse and so on
- Great lighting from the now aging but still perfectly working Canon 580EX II speedlights and Pocket Wizards
- …and of course the quality of the Canon L lenses which I can also use on the Panasonic GH4 along with the Metabones Speedbooster adapter
Apart from the GH4 and Go Pro HD Hero 4, some of that kit is coming up to (or more than) 10 years old now (Canon EF 70-200L 2.8, EF 24-70L 2.8) but for the first time in many years, I don’t feel the same urge or desire to splash out on any new equipment.
In the past, I was always frustrated by kit that was “lacking in this” or “could do with that” but with the combination above, plus all the accessories and software I have, I feel pretty content that I could cover any event and record it well.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be tempted by the Canon 5D Mark IV when it comes out so long as it has 4K video with fast frame rates, superior still image quality that I feel outdoes the Mark II (I still don’t think the Mark III does that but that is just my opinion), decent headphone and microphone inputs, HDMI out etc…
Maybe Go Pro will release the next camera with more updates that tempt me such as “in camera” distortion correction which I think is a distinct possibility now that companies like DJI have produced drone cameras that do just that (DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1).
Saying that though, I have no problem in correcting this myself using Go Pro’s superb, and free, software which we review below.
Two contracts I did recently, one for a large commercial shoot in Moor’s Valley Park and the other for a 75 year old woman’s birthday party, meant me videoing the entire day using 4 very different cameras (being the “now discontinued but still rockin” Sony PMW EX1, Canon 5D Mark II’s, the Panny GH4 and Go Pro Hero 4).
In particular, for the birthday party shoot, as long as the cameras are set up reasonably similarly with regards to fairly flat images being produced, I am able to grade them all to look as though they were all shot with the same camera and they all performed flawlessly when and where required.
The final result was a complete package, including a 30 minute compilation, for the client which resulted in a flood of tears when she saw it for the first time…great stuff!
Anyway, here is this months news…
Go Pro have release details of a funky, tiny and powerful new camera but is it too pricey for what it is?
If you have a Go Pro, editing can be frustrating especially getting rid of those ugly distortions. Learn how to correct them plus check out the really cool, and free, slow motion feature!
- Go Pro Studio free software review (how to slow footage and correct distortion)
This is a drone you will want to check out. It may have some small flaws but the idea is amazing…and it’s waterproof!
Just how far do you want to take your photography? If you are looking to maybe take it into the realms of earning money from your camera, check out this post…
The new Nikon P900 Superzoom looks pretty good in many respects but check out the bonkers zoom range in the video below…2000mm!
I am massively into flying drones (UAV’s, RPA’s, Quadcopters etc) and even have my final flight exam next week. This means that after a good few months and a couple of thousand pounds, I should have my commercial license soon…yay!
If you are looking to get started whizzing these things around whilst capturing amazing video, check out my quick guide to flying a drone.
Sometimes it is hard to motivate yourself to go out and experiment, try something new, get more work, think of new marketing ideas and so on. Hopefully this article will steer you in the right direction and get you back on track.
Doh! Sometimes I make the most ridiculous mistakes when doing reeeeeally long winded editing of videos…and this is no exception. What a numpty!
- A Quick Question
Nick. How did you get on with the Anker powering your GoPro? Did you find any issues of the Anker cutting out if it thought the GoPro was fully charged or did it keep powering as you had hoped? Regards
Hi Jon. The Anker just keeps going even if the Go Pro is fully charged. I have shot for hours using this method at weddings and parties, it is great. The same applies when flying a drone…the Go Pro powers itself from the drone battery and is always fully charged when I stop flying!
So anyway, that is it for now and hopefully by next time, I will be a qualified UAV pilot so I may start to do some tutorials on flying these whacky machines. I also hope to get a few more Photoshop, Lightroom and video editing tutorials up but if you can think of anything you would like covered next time, please leave your comments below.
Thanks and all the best,
Nick – All Things Photography