This May I’ll be jumping into the teaching world and leading a class as part of the Professional Photographer’s of America’s Super 1 Day on DSLR video: shooting & editing.
The class will discuss a bit about scripts and storyboards, sound and lighting, editing and sharing, and more. We’ll start with an overview of video systems, TV and DSLR and then examine how to capture the right images for your story and discuss editing capabilities and attributes that all modern systems, from FCP, Premiere, Avid, Edius and even Photoshop have – learn what you want to use and when.
I’ll also walk you through camera technique and basic settings you want to use to enhance your production.
We’ll do a few live demos where you’ll have a chance to shoot-and-edit your own video short. This hands-on opportunity will allow you to practice what you’ve learned with plenty of time for Q&A at the end.
Take it from someone who knows what they’re doing – and make it yours!
How do I use my DSLR? Wanna see some of my work?
Vimeo is where I keep some of my favorite video portfolio pieces.
And of course since we’ll already be at St. Louis’ NBC affiliate we may as well take a quick tour of the TV station’s news room, control rooms and studios.
Course Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Course Hours: 2:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Items to Bring: DSLR and video editing software
Location: Doug Howell KSDK-TV 1000 Market Street St. Louis, MO 63101
Kenzie’s little sister Maddy came by recently for a test session… of course we had to take advantage of our studio time together and create a few new headshots for her as well.
Thanks as always to Kenzie for coming over and spending some quality time in the studio!
Meet Maddy. She’s one of the newest models on the block! Maddy is hoping to get some face time when AfterDark comes to St. Louis next month and needed a couple quick shots for her brand new portfolio. Maddy should be pretty well prepared for the long tedious days at a large event like that – her sister has been modeling in the Saint Louis area for several years [more on Kenzie later].
I do enjoy working with new models. Partly because they don’t look at me like I’m as crazy when I’m doing my ‘model 101′ routine.. hands this way… hips that way [I look really good doing this stuff too!]
My favorite moment of the night was watching Maddy try and make sense out of my direction AND trying not to fall over in the process! Maybe if I worked in HIGH heels I’d have a better appreciation for some of the silly things that I ask a model to do!
Thanks to Maddy and her sister for coming over last weekend… you’ll be seeing more of Maddy especially if she gets signed up for the AfterDark gig!
I needed some firemen today. Called my old high school friend Tim Tincher, a Lebanon IL volunteer firemen and a few hours later… I had firemen. I had trucks and lights and pretty much anything else I would have asked for. I even left with an invitation to join them in some training exercises next time they have a house to burn down (yes they do that for practice)..
Why did I need some firemen? I needed a bit of video.. an image of the classic strong and proud looking firemen for a promo we’re working on for KSDK to run during the opening ceremonies of the winter Olympics this week. I got it. Tim and the guys fit the bill perfectly and I couldn’t have been happier to have had another opportunity to connect with Tim again.
Thanks Tim. I’ll link to the finished promo soon as its available.
The Lebanon-Emerald Mound Fire Protection District encompases the City of Lebanon as well as areas surrounding and outside of city limits. The Lebanon Emerald Mound Volunteer Fire Department is a member of a group of Mutual Aid Fire Departments and can be seen assisting in many surrounding areas and communities.
Olivia came to visit recently at my request.. I needed a model for some test shots and Olivia was able to help me out. It really is wonderful to have experienced models to work with from time to time and Olivia was perfect for what I needed. She is a signed model with Factor Women Model Management and travels to Chicago periodically for agency coordinated photo sessions.
Here we’re testing out my new beauty dish. It does a wonderful job of accentuating Olivia’s easy good looks.. and with any luck at all we’ll make an image for one of the upcoming photo competitions. Every year there are a series of photographic competitions the first this year is the Southern Illinois Art League in February then we’ll see where it goes from there!
It’s winter. It’s cold. Sounds reasonable. But this is seriously cold. Hard to get an objection on that… funny how you remember things though. THIS is the kind of cold I remember as a kid. The kind of walk outside and your nostrils freeze up kind of cold. The can’t speak inherently after waiting on the bus for 5 minutes kind of cold… and while I don’t enjoy being cold – that frozen sensation brings back memories.
The coldest I remember being was on a ill suited ski trip in college when I discovered what frostbite looks and really feels like. Hint: if parts of your fingers are actually white from the cold… you’ve been bitten.. and it don’t feel good at all.
I remember my toes being really really cold while walking around the Bedford square Christmas shopping. Going from Tindels Hardware to SS Kresge looking for the best way to spend our collective money on mom or dad’s gifts.
Surely you have a memory of ears so cold they might actually break off and the searing pain of a snowball slamming into your already fragile and throbbing lobe.
I remember walking out on a bitter cold morning – and just like today – my nose (and all its contents) freezing up instantly as I inhaled that first bitter cold breath.
Everything even sounds more. More crisp. More clear. Maybe the sound is simply amplified by cold ear drums.
Being cold: It’s certainly not a fond memory… but if you can get passed the momentary discomfort and stop shivering… be sure to look around and enjoy the view.
Cold air is usually nice and clear. Those dirty dust particles don’t really like to hang around the cold either. Winter stars are more brilliant than summer stars.. and before the sun has had a chance to warm branches they shimmer in the light before the frozen dew melts and evaporates away…
Uncomfortably cold out? Yup. Sure brings back memories
Growing up on the family farm you could say Lizzi is a horse person… and if you’ve known many horse people.. you know… they are serious about their horses. With several horses at Fairmont track and the constant need to exercise and tend to these animals it seems natural that Lizzi lend a hand. But Lizzi isn’t happy to just work around the horses though. She has it in her mind that she’d like to ride. On the track. Racing.
This first shot is Lizzi on a summer day when she was helping her Dad with one of their new horses.. an unknown horse that turned out to be just a bit more than a handful. I was disappointed not to capture a cool shot of Lizzi galloping by on her ride – but I don’t think nearly as disappointed as she was. The horse she’s on here is totally blind but a beautiful and gentle work horse that the family has had for years. Not easily spooked and very gentle she’s a great horse for helping tend to new high maintenance animals that come and go through the years.
I invited Lizzi to come visit over the weekend to help me with a couple image ideas. She showed with her trademark pink riding vest and whip. Every girl needs a pink whip right? But pink is not generally in my color palette so here she is finished with my favorite monochrome treatment…
I’m looking forward to getting back to the track this spring and capture Lizzi in full gallop down the main stretch as she and her horse test each other out and maybe in the near future I’ll have the opportunity to photograph Lizzi as a licensed jockey!
The year is nearly over – and it certainly is photographically speaking. I do the bulk of my client work photographing high school seniors – capturing a moment or twenty to be immortalized in the yearbook or maybe even a book of their own..
I work hard for my seniors (and their moms). I like to be ready to shoot when they show up. Studio and gear prep… Lights and backgrounds set. My collection of photo finishing manuals goes all the way back to the OLD days of film.. I watch and learn from experts in the industry to continue to elevate my work… to create images that can be shown and bragged about for years to come.
I have a lot of fun working with ‘my kids’ also. Many will hear me ask “was it as painful as you thought it would be?” I ask this intentionally because standing in front of a camera trying NOT to look like a complete goober can be a daunting challenge for many of us. It’s easy to make silly selfies poking irreverent fun at ourselves for the Facebook or Instagram…. but a senior portrait is different. (hopefully that’s a HUGE understatement).
Countless moms have mentioned to me months or years later how relieved their son or daughter was at the laid back approach I take and how comfortable they were through the whole process.
High school senior portrait time is our opportunity to look our best at possibly the best looking time in our lives. And THAT can be a bit overwhelming. And that is exactly why I enjoy the process. That is why I enjoy working with high school seniors. Whether they want to admit it or not – they_are_motivated.
Motivated to trust. Motivated to put up my bad jokes and humor. Motivated to… well.. be motivated.
I say all that to say this: I have had a wonderful year working with your kids! Getting a little too messy climbing to and from the creek. Surviving a “few” mosquitos in the tall grass. Taking a bunch more of your time simply because
we’re I’m having fun. Wondering how late is too late to be photographing on the St. Louis riverfront…
Yup. I’ve had a good year making your kids “my” kids
Saint Louis’ Alex Hudgens (and Vanderbilt grad) has been a production assistant at NC5 for just a few months now.. sometimes people catch your eye… sometimes you Know [yes with a capital k] that a person will be a good photographic subject. Alex is one of those people. She was in need of some talent headshots for a recent job search and we decided that some basic headshots as well model portfolio images would be good for both our portfolios.
I wish my photography could take credit for helping her find the new job – but it turns out that she had a good lead already and these are just going to be portfolio pieces for her as well. Alex will be leaving Saint Louis soon for her new position as a “Red Carpet Host” for BlackTree TV – one of the many Los Angeles companies that broadcast from the many big events hosted there!
Keep your eyes on Alex Hudgens… you WILL be seeing more of her!