You Have to Start Somewhere

January 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This latest video is my first honest attempt at making video.  This year I’ve decided that I will shoot more video and less time-lapse.  Most if not all of my personal creative projects will be video in 2016.  I’m not saying that I’m completely throwing time-lapse in the dustbin (I will still shoot them for clients), but it will definitely be put in the far dark reaches of my closet.

Over this past Christmas I decided to really find out what all goes into making a video.  In particular how to best shoot video using a DSLR, color grading and other post-processing techniques.  There is a ton of info on the Internet, which I found extremely useful (Thank you Phillip Bloom and James Miller and Vimeo Video School for all of the helpful information you constantly put out!).  So I decided to give it a try.  I’ve always been drawn to the warmth and colors of the Christmas lights at night around the city.  Transforming the city into a more inviting place.  For me, seeing these lights and the many window displays always puts me in a better mood.  In this video, my idea was to capture some of the Christmas theme decorations as well as the many people that come to see them.

On the technical side:

This footage is a small portion of video that I captured over two nights. The point of the shoot was to get use to shooting video with my new DSLR.  To shoot this video I used a picture profile that I bought from VisionColor (VisionColor for Canon DSLR’s).  To capture as much light as possible while shooting, I primarily stuck with my 50mm F1.4 lens.  I did on a few instances shoot with my 28-135mm IS F3.5-5.6.  For the majority of the shots, I shot wide open or at the lowest F-stop possible.  I captured most of the footage using a range of ISO’s between 160-2500.

Holiday HangoverHappy New Year everyone! The start of the New Year is always exciting but is always a bummer when all of the warm lights and cool window displays are taken down.

This short video was shot just before the Christmas Holiday, while I was out shooting the Christmas decorated courtyard at City Hall. On my way home, I came across the Peanuts-Themed Holiday Window Displays at Macy’s (Market Street Side). This video is the result from a few of scenes that I captured that night.


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