Posted on March 5, 2014
I’ve been fortunate to cover the Prevent Blindness Texas Gala events for the last couple of years and the photo booth has always been a big hit. As the night progresses and the drinks flow, so do the prints as the props get a work out. A DNP DS40 event printer keeps the prints coming, churning out a 4×6 color print every 8 seconds.
Photos by Joel Spring / RxDesign.com
WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
Pocket Wizard MultiMax
Manfrotto C-stands with 40″ grip arms
Chimera XXS softboxes
Paul Buff Shoot through umbrellas with rear spill guards
Macbook pro connected to a wireless router for wireless tether
DNP DS40 printer:
The compact 600 dpi DS40 Digital Photo Printer from DNP combines high-speed printing with dye-sub technology to produce high-quality photos from 2 x 6″ up to 6 x 9″ in size. The printer can produce high-quality 4 x 6 photos in under 8 seconds. As your printing needs increase and one printer isn’t enough, you can quadruple your print speed by connecting 4 DS40 models. Once the printers are linked you can stack them to conserve space thanks to their flat-top design.
Posted on March 3, 2014
Mellow Johnny’s Spring Classic is on the Pro Circuit (US Cup) and draws top talent from across the nation including Mexico and Canada. This year was no exception and it was a treat to see them show their stuff on a course demanding every bit of skill they can put out. Amateurs led off the day which provided a base line bench mark for comparison. It was phenomenal.
I found an interesting technical section at a creek crossing with a series of rock step downs into the bottom and step ups coming out. Awesome but difficult shooting. My percentages were low in the strong shadows and focus distracting brush backgrounds but I did get some fun shots nonetheless. These riders were tough… from a one legged man to the bruised and bleeding pro women.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Canon AA power packs(4)
Image editing in Lightroom 4
Posted on February 19, 2014
Some events require special accommodations. This time a product demo was set up to display the application of a wound dressing on 24′ screens in HD so audiences could clearly see and watch the procedure.
The Canon Vixia HF G10 captures a great image. It is light and compact to fit the bill. Even more useful is it’s ability to output a component signal for long runs and HDMI for quick and convenient viewing.
Heavy duty and flexible lighting support gear easily handled the weight and quickly configured to position the camera directly over head. The Super boom hand cranks made it simple to aim the camera while viewing the framing using a SmallHD DP7 Pro Oled monitor. The ability to pass the HDMI signal through made it simple to add a 40 inch “confidence” monitor to allow the “talent” to confirm what the audience would see and keep all the action within the field of view. The work area was lit with an Arrilite 750 plus with Chimera video Pro softbox and the addition of a 40 degree grid blocked spill from the audience’s view and eliminated annoying glare as well as reflections on the shiny surface of the patient model. A Manfrotto Lanc controller provided remote control of the camera. White balance and focus tests were made easier using a Photovision 24″ One Shot Digital Target.
The client was very pleased with the results and pleasantly surprised how this setup alleviated all the issues they encountered in past attempts to perform this demonstration.
Canon VIXIA HF G10 Flash Memory Camcorder
- Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video
- Canon 2.37 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro Sensor
- 32GB Memory & Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Slots
- Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
-3.5″ Widescreen Touch Panel LCD
- 0.24″ Color Electronic Viewfinder
- Dynamic SuperRange Optical Stabilization
- Professional Shooting Assist Functions
- Intelligent IS & Cinema-Look Filters
- Audio Scene Select & Story Creator
Avenger A4050CS 16.4′ Steel Boom Stand 50
-The Avenger A4050CS 16.4′ Steel Boom Stand 50 is a heavy duty, chrome-plated steel support that can be used traditionally as a light stand, or converted to a boom via a pivot in the first riser. The A4050CS also features a leveling leg for rough or uneven terrain. An optional counterweight is strongly recommended when using the stand in boom mode.
Arrilite 750 Plus
The Arrilite 750 Plus from Arri is an enhanced version of the tried-and-true Arrilite open face line. Arri started with the basic design of the Arrilite 800 and optimized the reflector to increase output 21% using a 750W HPL lamp which uses a compact filament that concentrates the most light where it is efficient. The result is almost double the output.
HHSP144 is a Full 3D HDMI® Splitter
The HHSP144 is a Full 3D HDMI® Splitter which uses a single HDMI® source, accessing to multiple HDMI® sinks. This splitter allows one HDMI® device to be split easily to four HDMI® compatible monitors or projects. It can also be placed at the end of a long HDMI® cable to regenerate the HDMI® signal.
IOGear wireless digital kit
The kit consists of a Wireless 3D Audio/Vudeo Transmitter and a Wireless 3D Audio/Video Receiver with connections for your HDMI® enabled device along with a built-in loop-through (local) port for an advanced 2 HDTV multi-room setup. It also includes Infrared (IR) pass-through for wireless control of your devices.
-”Real-Time” 3D LUTs
- Perfect Rec.709 Color Gamut via 3D LUT
- True black levels – infinite contrast ratio
- 1280×800 high definition display resolution
- High-res full-screen waveform & scopes
- 8 proximity-sensing Smart Keys
- “X-Port” expandability port
Manfrotto RC Clamp LANC Remote Control
The Canon RC Clamp LANC Remote Control is used with LANC (Canon/Sony) cameras and can be clamped onto round tubes with 0.47-0.9″ (12-23 mm) diameters using a quick-lock fastening clamp. It can be easily attached to a pan bar. With efficient quick lock and speed controls, the unit enables quick camera set up. A max-speed zoom potentiometer allows you to adjust the zoom speed of the camera.
Manfrotto 025BS Super Boom
-The Manfrotto 025BS Super Boom features coaxial geared controls at the end of the boom, which permits movement of 180°.
Chimera Video Pro Plus Small Softbox 24 x 32″
The Chimera Small Video Pro Plus softbox is designed for use with a hotlight but may also be used with flash. With fabric intended for the heat of a continuous light, the Small Video Pro Plus with silver interior is ideal for work where maximum softening of the light is desired.
The “Plus” designation of this softbox means the front face of the softbox is removable. Chimera makes different strengths of diffusion material for front face applications. This softbox comes with three diffuser fronts. These will allow more light transmission and help to make the light more specular, or “less soft.”
This softbox also has a built in “lip” around the edges to help control light spill. This lip also facilitates the attachment of optional honeycomb grids, fabric grids, and louvers.
- Ideal for 3/4 length shots of adults.
- Recessed front helps to control light spill and facilitates the attachment of an optional fabric grid
- May be used with hot lights up to 1,000W. Can be used with strobes of any W/s rating.
…with 40 degree grid.
Photovision 24″ One Shot Digital Target
The Photovision 24″ One Shot Digital Target folds to just 10″ to fit easily into any camera case and features a highly efficient, white reflective fabric on the backside. The 24″ Target is popular with many location photographers for events, sports and portraits due to its convenient size.
The Neutral 3-Tone Panels of the One Shot Digital Target allows for custom white balancing, accurate metering and exposure monitoring through the camera’s histogram function – all with a single shot. Thereby, vastly improving setup time, and minimizing the need for post correction to your image files. Reduces workflow on the back-end by getting it right on the front-end.
- Achieve Perfect Exposures and White Balance Every Time
- The Target Folds to One-third of Its Open Size to Fit Easily Into Most Camera Bags
- Reflective White Fabric on Backside
40″ Insignia LED HD “Confidence Monitor”
9′ Century Stand with 40″ grip arm
25# Porta Brace Sand bags