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Digital Power Wash with Photoshop

Recently while reviewing a draft of a video project, my client made the observation the store front was in desperate need of a power wash at the time the photo provided me was taken. The deadline was looming and there would not be time to get it washed and then shoot the picture.  I mentioned to them I may have a technique to improve the appearance and they agreed to give it a shot. The trick was to not make it look too obvious and retain the textures of the architecture.

There are always different ways to approach it. The building faces were rectangular panels so I chose to cut the panels into new layers and change the blending mode to screen. This significantly lightened the image areas while preserving the underlying textures. I adjusted the transparency of the layers as needed. Adding a mask and using the brush tool the effect could be cancelled in areas where not needed such as the trees in front of the building. The client was very pleased with the results and we lost no time toward the completion of the project.
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GEAR:

Lightroom 5
Photoshop CC
Final Cut X
Snagit Studio
BlogStomp

Lean, Mean, Green Screen

It’s a tight squeeze but that’s what green screen is all about. If you don’t have quick access to the Grand Canyon, simply knock out a green screen and drop it behind the layer.

A good friend needed to make some video clips as promos and testimonials but wasn’t sure about backgrounds so I offered shooting the video with a chromakey background as a solution so he could decide later and use whatever made sense for the content. When lit properly the post process implementation in FCPX is a simple one click operation.

I scraped away a spot in my cramped home studio and put him to work…

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Tapping your foot doesn’t improve the audio. Solution for this situation: “…take off your shoes.”
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I added a drop shadow which takes away from location realism but let’s face it, it is very difficult to make this look like an on location shot without tweaking lighting and other factors. I particularly like the shadow effect with green screen to separate the subject from more “authentic” set ups such as computer generated renders.

Photos by Joel Spring / RxDesign.com

GEAR:

Sony SXS-1 64GB 2PK G1A MEMORY CARD
Sachtler 0480 FSB-6 with Soom and Tri-Spreader
Sony PMW-EX3
SmallHD DP7-Pro OLED HD Monitor

Atomos Blade Monitor / recorder with 1 TB storage drive

The Samurai Blade offers a stunning 1280 x 720 SuperAtom IPS touchscreen, at 325ppi 179-degree viewing, 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation, depending on video input, giving super smooth monitoring and playback. Newly released sunhoods are also available for those shoots out in the sun.

The capacitive touch panel gives lightning-quick response times and gesture capability. Controlling AtomOS 5.0 on Samurai Blade is silky smooth.

Packed into the light and mobile camera-mountable Samurai Blade are all the essential tools you need to set up on-site accurate colors and exposure including full waveform monitor functions – Vectorscope, RGB and LUMA parades. Each provides an intuitive transparent interface offering full screen, lower 3rd or bottom right corner positioning to give you a range of options when setting up, recording and playing back your shot.

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.

DP7-PRO OLED
-”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.

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

Covering Concordia University’s CLI Speaker Seminar series

I have had the privilege to record a number of sessions at Concordia University in Austin Texas where leaders in the business community are invited to present real life experiences applying Christian beliefs to leadership practice.Joel-Spring-RxDesign_0252.jpgJoel-Spring-RxDesign_0251.jpg

Photos by Joel Spring / RxDesign.com

Gear:
Sony PMW-EX3 HD Camera:
The PMW-EX3 compact camcorder with an interchangeable lens system incorporates three ½-inch type Exmor™ Full HD CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 x 1080, delivering stunning-quality HD images in 1080P, 720P, and 1080i HD resolutions. A rich variety of features for creative shooting are incorporated into this camcorder such as “Slow & Quick Motion”, which is also commonly known as “over-cranking” and “under-cranking”, selectable gamma curves, slow-shutter, interval recording and the Picture Profile™ feature. Additionally, the PMW-EX3 offers a convenient remote-control and multi-camera operation capability, which allows use with high-end camera systems. a Click here for information on the PMW-EX3 compatible NIPROS/1 studio configuration system.

Sachtler Soom Tripod:
The Sachtler 0760 FSB-8 Tripod System with SOOM Tripod is a tripod system featuring the FSB-8 fluid head. This kit consists of a fluid head, tripod, spreader and carry case. This system offers Sachtler quality in a complete tripod system.

Fluid Head
The Sachtler FSB-8 is a fluid head designed to work with a variety of camcorders up to 9kg. This head features Sachtler’s Snap & Go sideload mechanism which boasts an exceptionally large sliding range of 120mm (4.7″) and 10-step counterbalance.

Tripod
The Sachtler S2003-0003 tripod legs are the foundation to the SOOM system. These tripod legs come in a two stage design featuring aluminum construction. The SOOM system can be upgraded and accessorized to offer a variety of functionality in one tripod set-up.

Mid-Level Spreader
The Sachtler TriSpread mid-level spreader offers stability in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications. It comes with rubber feet for the tripod and is specially designed for the tripod legs.

Sound Devices 442 – 4 channel field mixer with CS-4 Production Case:
Developed with input from the industry’s top audio engineers, Sound Devices 442 encompasses the audio performance, feature set, and mechanical construction demanded by those who rely on audio gear for their livelihood. The 442 contains four microphone preamplifiers that re-define portable audio performance. With its comprehensive inputs and extensive outputs, including direct outputs per channel, the 442 is at home in small run-and-gun applications as well as large, multiple-input productions.

The 442 incorporates a complete feature-set into a compact, functional design. All controls are accessible on its three main surfaces; no hidden controls. The high-efficiency power circuitry runs the mixer from either four internal AA batteries or external 5–18 VDC.

Remote Audio CABETACCS104/5P Betacam Breakaway Cable:
This CABETACCS104/5P Betacam Breakaway Cable for Sound Devices 442 (20′) from Remote Audio provides convenient connection between a Betacam camera and the Sound Devices 442 mixer. It has an overall length of 20′ to provide plenty of slack for field applications.

Sanken CUB-01 Boundary Microphone connected to Sound Devices 442 Field Mixer:
From Sanken, the CUB-01 boundary microphone features a small profile while delivering a sound synonymous with large diaphragm microphones. The CUB-01 is an excellent choice for conferences, boardrooms, courtrooms, news broadcasts, film and more. The microphone features a unique square-shaped cardioid capsule, which significantly enlarges the area of the diaphragm. This proprietary design results in a rich, natural, “full-bodied” sound quality that is often associated with large diaphragm condenser microphones.

The CUB-01 is easily installed into any surface with minimal effort and it’s miniature profile renders the microphone inconspicuous. The wide frequency response effectively reproduces speech, instruments and ambiance. The cardioid polar pattern effectively minimizes off-axis noise and ambiance while providing a focused pick up.

Hemispherical – Cardioid Polar Pattern
The CUB-01 features a cardioid pick up pattern at the upper-hemisphere of the capsule. The result is excellent noise and phase suppression at the surface while maintaining a generous pick up area at the top.

Miniature Design
The miniature design results in inconspicuous, low profile microphone placement.

Square Capsule Design
The square diaphragm results in a larger diaphragm area. The result is a sound quality synonymous with large diaphragm condenser microphones.

Lectrosonics Wireless Microphone System:
The Lectrosonics 400 Series wireless microphone systems combine digital hybrid technology, diversity reception, and rugged components to achieve clear audio signals at long range. This system includes the UCR411 camera mountable receiver, LMa beltpack transmitter and M152 omnidirectional lavalier microphone.

The UCR411 is a portable, camera mountable receiver designed for professional audio applications in the field or indoors. The receiver is completely compatible with all 400 series wireless transmitters and provides 256 selectable UHF frequencies across a 25.6MHz tuning range. Smart Diversity reception reduces RF interference and dropout and a built-in RF spectrum analyzer searches across the entire 25.6MHz tuning range, locating the strongest possible frequencies in the area. The clear frequencies are marked and displayed on the back-lit LCD. Balanced XLR output provides maximum output gain with minimal noise and the receiver is powered with internal 9V batteries or external DC power supply.

The LMa transmitter features Digital Wireless Hybrid technology which combines a 24-bit digital audio chain with an FM radio link. The transmitter’s digital signal path eliminates the need for an analog compander, resulting in pristine, noise-free audio fidelity throughout. Internal DSP provides compander emulation so that the unit can be switched for use with 100, 200 and 400 series Lectrosonic receivers. The input section features a tap suitable for any microphone or line level audio source. 0 / -20dB LEDs are provided for accurate level settings, and an “Audio Level” dial is located on the top face of the unit. Two rotary frequency adjust dials are located on the side panel. The 1.6MHz is a coarse adjustment and the 100kHz is the fine. The unit is powered via a 9V battery and is enclosed in a rugged metal enclosure, made to withstand the rigors of road use.

DP7-PRO OLED HD Monitor:
The DP7-Pro redefines the way field monitors operate on set. With a precise attention to detail making the user experience uncomplicated yet extremely robust, speed is a natural byproduct.

Nearly every feature on the DP7-Pro is assignable to a Smart Key. Whether you require fast input switching, different levels of Zebra that you can quickly switch between or the ability to effortlessly toggle different 3D LUTs, tailoring to the way you work is what the DP7-Pro is all about.

  • 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

Noga DG6145CA Cinematic Arm with 1/4″ 20 and 3/8″ 16 Mounts with micro super clamp

The Sony F5/F55 Baseplate:
Designed specifically to accommodate the rod to lens height on these cameras. The fixed height of the baseplate puts the included 12” rods at the correct height to mount a follow focus and matte box. The baseplate attaches to your camera with a ¼ 20 and 3/8 16 screw and has a standard tripod mounting ¼ 20 and 3/8 16 screw holes underneath.

The 12” rods are threaded and can accept extensions. Use the quick release ratcheting levers at the sides of the baseplate to slide the rods backwards or forwards to accommodate different size lenses.

Manfrotto RC Pan Bar EX Remote Control for Sony PMW EX Cameras:
Comes mounted with a standard pan bar and is compatible with Sony PMW EX cameras