My First Video Surpassed A Quarter Of A Million Views

Whilst uploading a new video to my Vimeo channel last week I noticed that the very first video I ever created has now been viewed more than 285,000 times!  I can’t believe it !  The bulk of my creative work continues to be photographic but this video is a good reminder to me that I need to get out there and shoot more videos from time to time.  No special equipment was used to shoot the video, I simply used the things I already had for my photography business and shot it with a Canon 5dMKII.  Apart from being the

Canon 5dMKII used for action sequences in Captain America movie.

I just received this press release from Canon and I thought it was pretty interesting.  It seems that we can now add Captain America : The First Avenger, to the list of Hollywood feature films to use the Canon 5dMKII in their production.  The small size of the camera makes it ideal for POV shots and sequences like car chases.  The 5dMKII is a few years old now but it seems that nobody has eclipsed it’s video performance yet.  Full info after the break. Full release: LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 1, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging,

Whistler Blackcomb ad campaign – Part 1

As winter gets a little closer every day, the ski magazines begin to hit the shelves again.  Always an exciting time of year for me as I begin to see the fruits of my labor from last season.  The first one I’m posting up here was just published in Powder Magazine (though Australian readers may have seen it a few months ago in some mags over there too).  This is the first in a series of ads that I shot in the spring time for the ski resort Whistler Blackcomb.  Some of you will recognize Whistler as one of the

Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS + 2x Teleconverter – Real world usage how good is it ?

Sometimes I get in the mood to do big technical tests on gear and lenses. I have a few of those in the works right now but for this one I’m going to keep it simple. Teleconverters have a fairly bad reputation and my first foray into their use was with my original 70-200 2.8 L IS. I picked up a 1.4x II thinking that it might be useful for getting me near the 300mm mark on the cheap. Long story short, I tried it a couple of times and then swore never to put a teleconverter anywhere near my

Z-Finder Jr Review and comparison to Z-Finder Pro

100601_1908_dancarrIf you have taken more than a passing interest into the video capabilities of your DSLR camera then you will probably have thought about getting some sort of viewfinder for the LCD screen. With the DSLR cameras lacking the ergonomics of traditional video camera design, such viewfinders are probably the most useful accessory to aid video shooting. Not only do they permit easier manual focusing with a clear view of the screen, but they also add stability to hand held shooting with an extra point of contact to your body.

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Canon updates firmware on 5dMKII to include 24p

Today Canon has finally released the much awaited firmware update that adds 24p and 25p recording modes to the 5dMKII. Since the camera’s introduction more than a year ago, Canon has released several firmware updates. The first major one last year added manual exposure control to the video mode, but video professionals around the world were clamoring for more. Since it’s introduction the 5dMKII has been hampered by true 30fps recording (not 29.97) and no other frame rates. Petitions were signed and websites created in order to try and convince Canon to create an update to change this, thankfully Canon

Video accessories for the Canon 5D Mark II: Part 2 – Video tripod heads

Following on from Part 1 where I took a look at some useful sound accessories for the 5DMKII, this week I’m going to be taking a look at video heads for your tripod. For photographers out there wishing to take advantage of the video capabilities of this camera , there is no getting around the fact that you won’t be able to use your current photographic tripod head. Normally I use a Really Right Stuff BH-40, whilst this does have a separate panning base which might be usable for panning horizontally , it would not allow any vertical panning and

Video accessories for the Canon 5D Mark II: Part 1 – Microphones

When Canon launched the 5dMKII in late 2008 , the quality and look of the video it produced was lost on nobody. It changed everything, Fast forward now to 2010 and I am updating my original posting on microphones for the 5dmkII because it’s popularity has gone from strength to strength. The final episode of the worlds most watched TV show(in 2010), House, was just shot entirely using the Canon 5dMKII. And what is even crazier about the whole story, is that Canon had seemingly no idea of the potential of this camera when they released it. They never intended