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I'm taking on a video project for a local search and rescue operation that lost 100% of its budget due to Sequester and is looking to up their donation drive for 2014.
Unfortunately, the already have all the video that a 'professional' already shot. The bad news is that it was ALL done with HDSLR, and it's almost ALL terrible! It's shaking so bad I now have to purchase dedicated software to help stabilize it. Shots are completely out of focus, and it's complete rubbish. This person was using a $1,500 steadicam that did a worse job than my $4 PVC rig I made myself, and now I have to be left to pick up the pieces.
Bottom line, if you're going the HDSLR route, be VERY aware that there will be ZERO IS capabilities, steadicams only do so much, and you HAVE to be absolutely perfect with manual focus. Otherwise it's going to look like garbage… just because a shallow DoF looks really cool, doesn't mean that HDSLR is the route for you.
IMHO, go with a real video camera. As others have said, focus on making a quality finished project, and do what you can to do all the hard work up front. Trying to salvage crap shots on the computer is MUCH more frustrating and time consuming than simply having the right equipment to begin with.
Greetings, everyone! My name is Jason and I've been shooting video for two years now, covering Warbird and other aviation events in the local area as an amateur. I transitioned from photography due to 1) my primary lens breaking and 2) the overwhelming response I got from my videos and 3) I was the ONLY person shooting video with something other than a cell phone. It's been a HIGE learning curve, having to deal with unemployment/unsteady employment while still trying to get the absolute best video out of my very limited equipment.
This summer my goal is to go from simply shooting clips of airplanes to actually telling stories and sharing experiences with my fans. I'm utilizing crowd funding to hopefully purchase a better camera for my upcoming projects. It is very much a labor of love as I am a pilot myself, and due to my financial situation, I am very grateful that my cameras have gotten me into more aircraft than my pilots certificate. (Including TWO B-25 Mitchells)
Sorry it's long winded… That's my story Andie sticking to it! 🙂
Doesn't matter what we're interested in, you're the one who has to produce it! At the very least, brainstorm interests you have here with us then we can give you more advise.
As I've already stated, no, I do not want to do this "full time" as my main source of income. Oh, but I suppose since I am a substitute teacher only working maybe a couple days a week, one could say the income I get from photography is supporting my wife and I and helping keep our heads above water more than teaching. As irrevelant as you may hope my argument is, I do at least have something to back it up with.
But I do suggest you read the comment I posted previously, regarding my friend Lyle. His income is 100% photography. He's been reinventing himself, starting exclusively in real estate photography, then it went more 50/50 aviation/real estate, and now it's approaching 75/25 regarding aviation/real estate due to the fact he has reinvented his product to meet demands and competition. He has been invited to visit Normandy, France to cover D-Day anniversary events, Doolittle Raid anniversary events, air shows, the USAF museum in Dayton, Ohio, and many others because of his ambition and drive to be the best there is. Again, no complaints, no b****ing about everyone and their grandmother having access to decent camera equipment taking money from him. And as I said earlier, he's gone the other direction, encouraging all of us to take more photos, get better equipment, and telling us how to market ourselves, giving seminars alongside magazine publishers.
I used to be the only video guy covering aviation events in the area, but now that same friend is beginning to move into video more and more, as yet another way to corner the market and secure his income. I don't take that as an "Oh crap, these cameras are too accessable!" I take it as a challenge to take my very amateurish video to higher level. Also, one simly has to take a look at the quality of video within my niche. Everything within about a 100 mile radius of the events I cover is shot with T3i's or cell phones. Neither of which are good for anything other than inducing vomiting after 20 seconds.
And BTW, if this were my sole income, sure, you bet I'd be pretty frustrated about it. I don't blame you. It sucks. But comlpaining about it is a waste of time. Believe me, I have A LOT of crap to complain about right now.
But as a good friend told me, "you can sh** in one hand and hope in the other and see which gets filled first."EarlC-great response!This complaint is so old and is such BS.I hear the compliant of cameras becoming "too accessible" all the time. Those who complain get passed by and actually have something to worry about. Those who DO SOMETHING about it come up with brilliant ways of reinventing their products and becoming even more successful. My friend Lyle Jansma (AeroCapture Images) is a perfect example of this second type of individual. In almost 10 years of knowing him, we've seen competition for aviation photography jump from 2 to at least 40 covering the same events. He has grown his business each year, and is now invited all over the world to shoot a product he has developed himself, shooting "Cockpit 360" images for all sorts of aviation museums and collections. Not only is he thriving now, but he bends over backwards for the rest of us "bottom feeder scum" to have our own taste of success. He provides photography classes, and even hands-on, real-world practice shooting WWII aircraft in flight. (My first two flights in B-25 Mitchells were thanks to him, as well as my first ever air-to-air photo shoot… with an F8F Bearcat!) If he took the approach many complainers took, we'd all think he was a tool, and he would quickly earn a poor reputation and be surpassed in a blink of an eye. He refers me to magazine editors because he knows, 1: I will get the shot they need, when they need it, and 2: I am a substitute teacher desperate for any extra income I can get. He could easily come down and get the shots himself. He's an inspiration, role model, and mentor. He embraces competition, he encourages it, and helps out his fellow photographers.If you want to be successful, take some notes from him. If you're worried about lil' old me taking your job for free, you better start coming up with something I can't do, and consumers can't do without.He's making bank on projects I'm trying to do for free. I don't have a stinking snowballs chance in hell in taking anything from him (nor would I want to)!
Just to play devils advicate, hasn't some good come of the situation too? What about folks like myself who would have never been able to afford the thought of photography/videography back in film days. I used to go through 50 rolls of film at a single day at an airshow and my parents had to foot the bill. Now I shoot about 2,000 images a day at an event and have been able to finely tune the art of aviation photography. I've been able to get some images published and am working on my own gigs this summer. I'm a bit of the problem as many folks say, as I know I'm a noob (to video now) and I am the first to let people I work with know that. Unlike many folks, I don't pretend be professional filmmaker. But I am thankful for some very generous friends in the aviation industry who are willing to be my guinea pigs.
There has to be a few folks out there who have turned out to be extremely tallented filmmakers simply due to availability. Heck, J.J. Abrams gives a really great TED presentation on how he thinks the advent of YouTube is so great becasue of this. Greater availability equals greater competition which equals an overal greater product.
Thank you very much! I got it all glued and looks like it will work really well. I'm really excited to give it a try on Sunday. Will give a full review.
Who cares about what YouTube does during processing, it's awesome footage! That is awesome you can get such unique angles with absolute freedom.December 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM in reply to: Bowl type tripod head + non-bowl tripod… help! :-) #205288
Awesome! Why pay $70+ when you can make something yourself for $20! To avoid the ridiculous cost of buying the Manfroto adapter which cost $70 used on eBay, I simply purchased a piece of 4" square aluminum tubing. Drilled a couple of holes, mounted it to my tripod, then mounted the fluid head to the other hole in the aluminum tube. Ta-da! It might look ugly, but hell, it WORKSDecember 15, 2012 at 1:43 AM in reply to: Bowl type tripod head + non-bowl tripod… help! :-) #205266
Thanks! PVC is a lifesaver! gonna make some more rigs with it this weekend. gonna make a track for a tabletop dolly and hopefully get my aluminum tubing so i can use this darn tripod head.
I was just up at AWO this evening meeting with folks. Got some fun shots while enjoying the rare sunshine we had shooting from 172nd. That's cool you did Challenge Air at HFF, that makes such an impact on their lives. Very cool.
I'd love to get together and do some air to air! Send me a PM via my FB page at Facebook.com/fight2fly
I've been using YouTube exclusively. It's been great for me as I've been slowly building a fan base. My content is geared toward a smaller niche market, aviation, so I'm really pleased so far. I've got over 600 subscribers and am getting around 1,500 views a day. Like i said, its small, but its growing every day. Facebook has been the best promotional tool yet. Started my page around July and am at 497 fans.December 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM in reply to: Bowl type tripod head + non-bowl tripod… help! :-) #205224
Hey, cool, a fellow aviator! Man, we sure lucked out on that GA day, didn't we! Just good enough to fly. 🙂 Where is your plane based at?
I too hate shooting aircraft (flying) with a tripod, but my hope is really to use this for the slow taxiing/head on shots and maybe takeoff and landing. I've got a PVC shoulder mounted camera rig that I use now, which works AWESOME for the fly days when I don't know if they're going to be in front of me, behind me, or over my head. In fact, what I'd probably do is keep the DSLR on the tripod, and my camcorder on my shoulder rig so I can go back and forth easily.
I'm trying to save up for a Panasonic AG-HMC80. I want an eyepiece, shoulder mounted, and HD. And less than $5,000! lol
Here's some video I shot at this years Vintage Aircraft Weekend using my shoulder rig:December 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM in reply to: Bowl type tripod head + non-bowl tripod… help! :-) #205219
Chuckzoot – Thanks, I will keep checking out Craigslist.
Actually, I can't take credit for my fix, as a fellow videographer was in a similar jam before. It's as simple as a 5" section of 4" x 4" square aluminum tubing and a couple bolts. I should be receiving the tubing by the end of the week, so will let you know how it works out. It won't look pretty, but it'll do the job. And even better, it'll do the job for $15.
Sounds like a pretty slick system you've got setup! Awesome!December 9, 2012 at 5:23 PM in reply to: Bowl type tripod head + non-bowl tripod… help! :-) #205213
Building my own remedy. Manfrotto wants $70 for something I'm making for $15.December 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM in reply to: Bowl type tripod head + non-bowl tripod… help! :-) #205185
Gosh I hate video stuff. Can't take a crap without paying at least $100.