April 14, 2017

Improve the sound in your videos

I'm no video professional, but I've had the need to make videos with nice audio. If you noticed, the audio from the internal microphone of the camera is really crappy, you can hear everything except your own voice.

After looking for some time I founded a really good solution. If your camera has a mic input, just get a lavalier microphone and connect it to your camera, that will improve the sound a great deal.

But what if you don't have a mic input on your camera, well, that situation just require another piece, a digital recorder, connect your mic to it and now you can record audio externally from your camera and also have the freedom to move to where ever part of the frame without the sound changing.

If you don't have the money for a digital recorder, just use your mobile phone to record all the sound, it will be almost the same.

Then a bit of fine tuning in a program like Audacity and your audio will be ready to use.

Now all you have to do is to sync your audio track with your video on your video editor, that's not that hard. When you start recording your audio and video, just clap one time before starting, that way that peak of sound will register in both audios, the one from your camera and the one from your digital recorder. Then, in post, just align that peak and delete the sound from the camera and voila.

April 3, 2017

Fujifilm's customer service is awful!

Along my wish for a G85 there was also the hunger for a Fujifilm X100F, but sadly Fujifilm has the same issue as Panasonic, there are very few places selling the products or none that I can be aware off.

The last place I knew, I think was also the Service Center in Mexico, but since a couple of months that website has become unavailable. So I decided as a regular individual would do, to write to Fujifilm to know where I can buy the camera.

It's been almost a week and no response whatsoever, so I'm quitting on Fujifilm to, I guess I'll just stick to my T5i and use it till it won't respond anymore and just forget about dealing with other brands and spending more money on things I probably don't need.

So long Fujifilm, you are a disappointment as well.

March 30, 2017

Panasonic is dead in my country!

As the title stays, Panasonic is dead in Mexico, not the whole company, but just the most important part of it, the camera division.

Since I had in mind the idea of saving for a mirrorless camera, I thought the Panasonic G85 would be a good choice to invest my money into, but sadly after searching everywhere I could not find a single store that sells Panasonic cameras.

But you would say, why not go to Adorama or B&H, the answer is pretty easy, I don't think there would be any guarantee available in my country for a camera purchased in the US. 

I decided to contact Panasonic and ask about where to buy the camera from, and the answer was totally unexpected. They are out of the market right now, because they are assessing if it is profitable to be sold in Mexico.

So that answer made it even more clear to me that buying in the US was not even an option. How can I buy a camera that has absolutely no support in my country? So Panasonic, so long, I hope one day you could appear in the market and make me happy.

March 25, 2017

More important than the camera you use!

Would you believe that this image was taken with a Canon Rebel and a kit lens? I wouldn't either, but since I'm the one that took it, I can assure you that indeed, it was a Canon Rebel, a T5i to be more precise and my 18-55mm kit lens.

But, wait, how on earth a camera with a 7 year old sensor (not literally, I mean the technology of the sensor) and a crappy kit lens can take a nice image such as this one?

This is just to prove that the camera and lens we use are less important than other things photographically speaking. Yes, a recent full frame camera and a nice pro lens would be amazing for this shoot, but I promise you, the results wouldn't be that much different, maybe a tiny bit, but not by a large margin.

That's because things like good lighting and knowing what you are doing are even more important. You may have the greatest camera, but without any good light you are on your own pal. I've had good enough cameras, with really nice sensors, and in crappy light I took the same lame images that a cell phone would take.

Know how to light your subject and you will create amazing images, not to say this image is amazing, but it's pretty decent, and my merit was to take it with a pretty average dslr. That showed me that I can do nice things with what I have.

Learn to use your camera, learn about lighting and take your skills to the next level. That's more important than the camera you use.

March 18, 2017

Shooting events, not your usual approach!

A few months ago I was hired to shoot a Baby Shower. It was my first event and being used to shoot only in the studio, I was a little concerned about what approach to take on this shoot. Should I use my speedlight, should I go with natural light, etc. 

At the end I decided to go with my speedlight and bounced it at the ceiling, and it turned out pretty decent, pictures had certain pop that without flash wouldn't exist and although they are not studio material (obviously), the results where pretty good for being my first time.

The lesson to learn here, don't worry to much, some times it's fine to let your instinct guide you.

March 2, 2017

Don't let GAS ruin you!

These past couple of days I've been lusting for new camera gear. I look at Fuji and my heart starts pounding, I look at the new Lumix and my mouth starts watering.

But, I made a promise and I'm going to keep it, I'm going to pay all of my debts and stay debt free forever, no more charging cameras or accessories to the credit card, no more hallucinating with the newest biggest and most beautiful cameras.

GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) is just around the corner, it doesn't matter if you think you have it under control, it gets you when you less expect it. The only solution is to turn it down every time it tries to fire back, to be strong and forget about new toys.

Funny thing happens to me, when I look at the Nikons and Canons, I don't feel the same way anymore. I said to my self that my next camera is going to be a M43, maybe a G85 with a couple of lenses, but that's it, and I'll buy it when I save enough money to purchase it, not a second before.

In the meantime I still have my trusty T5i, I've also made the promise to squeeze everything out of this basic but really nice camera. It only has around 3 thousand pictures on it self, so it's basically new.

Another idea I had was to just get a 24mm prime, and an 85mm and those two with my 50mm will make a complete set for me, and to forget about everything else.

Just be strong, plan things the right way and everything should be fine.

February 22, 2017

Last session of 2016

One thing I want to do with this blog is to talk about my experiences as a photographer, to talk about my sessions and projects even if those where in the past.

On this occasion this wasn't that long ago, just a couple of months, on December of 2016. I offered a coworker at my new job to take some pictures of their children, so he obviously said yes and so we went on with the session. 

The lighting setup couldn't be easier, a small softbox on camera right at about 45° pointing down to the subject and at about 3 ft from the model. A white reflector on the other side close to the subject to reflect some of the light and soften the shadows a bit. And finally, a speedlight on the back with a grid and a color gel in order to give the background some life.

For the technical minds, I shot everything at f/8 with a shutter speed of 1/160 and an ISO of 100. And that was it, nothing fancy, just a couple of lights and a reflector to get some decent shots.