Today’s Post and Vlog by Joe Farace
A few weeks ago I started including vlogs on my car photography blog at www.joefaraceshootscars.com. The first one is a kinda rough technically but the second one is a little better and if you’re at all interested in cars, you can click on the links and see for yourself. All of which inspired me to create a similar kind of vlog for this, my more general and portrait-oriented blog. Today is the first one and while I still have a lot to learn about the technical and presentation aspects of vlogging, I promise to work hard to improve the quality of future vlogs.
- Paul C Buff DigiBee DB800
- Paul C. Buff Alien Bee. * Alien Bee’s use a 150W Halogen modeling lamp. As you can see, it started flickering, which doesn’t seem to affect still photography. DigiBee’s use a flicker-free LED modeling light.
- 48-inch Dynalite Quad Square black/silver umbrella
- 16×30-inch Westcott Apollo Strip soft box
- The 37x27x12-inch Plume Wafer Hexoval 100 Softbox, not 48-inches as I say in the video, is the one used in my Studio. Paul C Buff monolights use Balcar-standard speed rings to attach light modifiers, such as softboxes.
- 5×7-ft Savage Photo Gray Infinity backdrop.
- iCorrect Portrait from PictoColor.
Special thanks to Barry Staver and Mary Farace for their helpful comments and critiques of this and my previous garage-oriented vlog.
How I shot this video: Camera was a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with G Vario 14-45mm f/33.5-4.5 lens. Mic was an audio-technica Pro 24-CM external shotgun mic that because of its poorly-designed switch I’m not sure was turned on for the final segment. That’s one of the reasons I’m considering a Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone that doesn’t need a battery or have an on-off switch. In addition to forgetting to turn the mic on, I forget to turn it off chewing up its $5 batteries. Video was edited on iMovie and hosted on Vimeo.
If you’re interested in learning how I use cameras, lenses and lighting in my in-home studio and on location, please pick up a copy of Studio Lighting Anywhere which is available new from Amazon.com for $23.33 or used for $9.77, as I write this. The Kindle version is $11.99 for those preferring a digital format.