Just Announced: GoPro HD HERO3 Black Edition

Just Announced: GoPro HD HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HD HERO3 Black Edition

Pretty exciting news from GoPro this morning. The HD HERO3! They’re packing even more punch into their already amazing little camera. I like that they’re also keeping their $200.00 base price intact and tiering the products from that point. Smart thinking! For those still using the GoPro HD HERO2, they just released an amazing firmware update to improve the bit rate for video and also overall image quality.

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GoPro HD HERO2 Firmware Update

GoPro HD HERO2 Firmware Update

Protune firmware update for GoPro HD HERO2Huge firmware update for one of my favorite tools. The GoPro HD HERO2 is always in my gear bag. But it has never shot at 24fps and the quality is less than what my Canon 7D can produce. However, the 7D is a more powerful device. Now it looks as though the GoPro is going to be able to compete big time! Protune™ to the rescue!

PROTUNE™ KEY BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • High Quality Image Capture
  • Protunes’s 35Mbps data rate provides less compressed cinema quality image giving content creators more flexibility in post production.
  • Neutral Color
  • Protunes neutral color profile offers more flexibility during post production color correction. Protunes log curve captures more detail in shadows and highlight.
  • Film/TV Frame Rate Standard
  • Now record video in 24FPS and easily intercut GoPro content with other source media without needing to perform FPS conversion.
TASCAM DR-40 Digital Audio Recorder

TASCAM DR-40 Digital Audio Recorder

TASCAM DR-40 Digital Audio RecorderThe TASCAM DR-40 is a compact and ultra-high quality portable digital audio recorder. I needed a solution to the “tinny” audio that some of my video devices were producing. Even the best video cameras seem to have this problem. I love TASCAM products. They’re focused on quality and everything I’ve purchased from them in the past has under-promised and over-delivered. This is a product that comes with a manual, but really doesn’t need one because it’s so easy to figure out. It even comes with three “AA” batteries to get started. The only things they don’t put in the box are thumbs. I suggest getting two of those. Figuring out how to use the DR-40 is pretty intuitive. I’ve rarely consulted with the manual except for some fine tuning.

You can watch one of my video blogs to hear the audio quality of this device.

 

Mamiya 645 PRO medium format camera

Mamiya 645 PRO medium format camera

Mamiya Leaf logoI sold a couple of my Holga cameras and made way for a Mamiya 645 PRO. I’ve never shot with a Mamiya before and tomorrow I’ll be taking some shots at a wedding with it. Here’s to success!

My decision to buy a Mamiya was due in part to reading Annie Leibovitz’s “At Work” book while on a recent vacation. She had kind words to say about her equipment of choice. If Mamiya is good enough for artists like Annie Leibovitz and Herb Ritts, then Mamiya is good enough for me.

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Tips for Buying/Using a New Camera

Tips for Buying/Using a New Camera

In this video I give a few tips on buying a new camera and exploring the world of photography. It’s not as easy as buying an expensive camera and suddenly becoming a “professional”. Learn the craft. That’s how your work takes shape and stands out from the crowd.

And, yes, I do say “uh” and “um” a lot in this video. I did it in one take, so I’m pretty proud of that. Ha ha! In the future, I promised less “uhs” and “uhms”.

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