Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to record better sound at concerts

How to record better sound from live concerts or extremely loud areas. Have you ever filmed a live music event with your phone or small camera? If yes, then you know that sometimes the audio is terrible from that recording. This video will help you get a better audio recording. 





This first method requires a pair of scissors, tape and a light fabric material. An old t-shirt or any light material would do the trick. Step one is to locate the Mic, this is usually one tiny hole or three small holes in the shape of a triangle, sometimes two. Step two is to cut a small piece of fabric to cover the Mic. Step three, take a piece of tape and tape the fabric to the mic opening. 

This should do the job well. It is not the best solution, but it beats not having anything filtering the sound. You can take it a step further and edit the sound in post production.

Method number two, requires a dslr camera that will allow you to control the audio levels of the mic. For this example, I used the Canon T3i dslr camera. Whichever camera manufacturer you go with, be sure to check the specifications to see if the camera has this feature. Step one, go into the camera menu system, for the Canon set the dial to camera icon. Go to the menu, on the second menu tier, scroll down and set Sound Recording, go to Rec. level and tap it to the left until you hit two. Now that the mic level is set to low, you can record loud sources and get a cleaner sound.

Bonus; included in the video is a third method. Thanks for watching. If you have any further question, please feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help you.  

The program used to edit this video is below
PowerDirector15 purchase at Editing program
Canon T3i purchase Canon camera
Rode Video Mic purchase

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Using old digital cameras - Fujifilm Finepix Z90 final result

The final results from several months of using Fujifilm Finepix Z90.



The chrome preset




A sample of panorama with Black and White picture preset

After several months of making photographs with this little camera the time has come to move on to another. My favorite option was to be able to use a simulation film preset for black and white photos. The results were impressive almost every-time. To be able to use the preset and make a panorama was a lot of fun. I added a few example images at the end of the presentation. There are two other video reviews of this camera on my channel in case you are interested in checking those out.

Fujifilm Finepix z90 purchase Amazon
Program used for editing PowerDirector15 purchase at Amazon
Camera used to film review Sony A6300 camera purchase at Amazon

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Fujifilm Finepix Z90 Street photos Black and White set1

Fujifilm Finepix Z90 Street photography session first week in May 2017. 


Hello people, in this video I am featuring four of the best pictures taken recently with the small Fuji Z90. In the previous segments I experimenting with the different picture profiles which are set to have a film look from the old days of 35mm film. The first week in May I spent looking for subjects with high contrast and detail. 



You can view the entire set in my Flickr album if you wish to see these images in high resolution. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to contact me on the section below. The locations are all from the mid-west and Chicago region. The camera settings were on the Program AE mode, ISO 100 during sunny afternoons.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Fujifilm Finepix Z90 street photography Chrome film profile April 2017

Street photography with the Fujifilm Finepix Z90. 


In this video are featured four photos from several days of capturing pictures using the Chrome setting in the camera. In the mode Program AE and set at ISO 100-400 and letting the camera pick the shutter speed. I found that at 100 ISO on bright sunny days gave the best results. In low light anything above 400 ISO would just start to look bad and not very detail as far as I could tell. 


The majority of the scenes are from the Chicago downtown area, Michigan Ave. and State street. The opening is a brief description of the camera and the picture modes. The first photo shows many tourist posing on the famous Michigan Ave. bridge. In a brief moment, there was enough clearance to make the picture. The second is from above and shows an old anchor post with a duck sitting right in the middle. The in the water is actually from the sky, as we all know the Chicago river always has a brown look to it. The third photo is of a couple under a purple umbrella taking cover from a little bit of rain near the world famous Bean at Millennium Park. The final image in the video shows the Chicago Theater and a few patrons awaiting to see the show, plus we see a couple of Chicago Divvy bikes that are available for rent for both tourist and locals to get around the city without having to deal with traffic.
Thanks to all the people who have taken the time to check out my flickr page and all the feedback. If you would like to view all the high resolution photos from the journey you can visit the link here Flickr page

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fujifilm Finepix Z90 Street photography in April 2017

Fujifilm Finepix Z90. A few example jpegs taken the third week of April 2017. A discussion about the results using the standard mode setting in conjunction with Programmed function allowing you to take photos with control of ISO and white balance while the camera chooses the best shutter speed for the scene.




During sunlight and ISO set at 100, the camera produces the best picture results. The full album from this session can be found on my Flickr page. It includes thirty two photos including the ones featured in this video. I chose four photos that really grabbed my eyes. The first is looking straight while standing on the River walk. A stair way, a lamp leading up the the street and the high rise buildings in the background. Solid colors with Yellow and orange being most dominant. The second picture is underneath the La Salle bridge with two guys walking, one in the sun and the other in the shadow plane. The third is very similar to the first but, instead captures the Red line train going by. Finally we have the entrance tunnel to the Blue Line with several commuters above enjoying the day while a couple of kids perform small stunts in and around the buildings. Let me know which one is your favorite. If you would like to see the entire album by visiting this link Flickr

Sunday, April 9, 2017

How to adapt a Focal reducer to Sony NEX-F3 camera

How to adapt a focal reducer-speed booster to Sony NEX F3. In this video is a demonstration for adapting Pixco A mount to E mount focal reducer.




 The Pixco brand is a cheaper brand compared to the high cost of Metabones adapter. Shown are two sample photographs taken with the Sony camera and Tamron 80-300 lens. The first photo with a regular adapter and camera settings at F4.5, ISO 200, 1.50 shutter, on a tripod with 10 sec delay. 



The second, with the same settings except the Focal reducer is attached. 


Finally there is short footage taken outdoors with the Tamron lens and reducer in place. Hope this is helpful to anyone looking to use their A mount lenses with a Reducer and the E mount cameras. You can alse use this with any E mount camera including Sony 6000, 6300, 6500 and others. Any questions or comments, feel free to reach me through the comment section below. Purchase Pixco reducer at Amazon here  Pixco-Adapter-Optical-Reducer-Booster
See more photo examples at my Flickr page Flickr photo sample

Monday, December 12, 2016

Street photography session 11-23-2016

Street photos from Grant Park Chicago. Taken with the Sony Cybershot DSC W-55. Starting at LaSalle blue line station walking on East Congress Parkway then over the bridge passing the Metra rail station and finally reaching the Artist and Automobiles sculpture. This footage is captured with the JVC HD7 handheld. This is part one, in part two will be heading towards Northerly Island.




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