Episode 37: White Balance & Kelvin

Episode 37: White Balance & Kelvin

Griffin and Nick answer Kelvin questions and share white balance techniques, then get a surprise medical prescription for voiceover. Plus your questions about finding clients in your small town, which drone to buy, and if you really need an external recorder.

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Listen to Dr. Mark Vaughan’s full recording about “accumulation of mucus on the vocal chords."

Nick would like his hard drive “shucking” video get over 10,000 views.

To help synchronize video file backups to multiple drives, Nick recommends arRsync for Mac.

Special thanks to John Luna who’s been helping produce this show. Subscribe to his YouTube channel.

John also helped me shoot and edit this video about the SpiderLight camera holster.

Watch my latest short film, about Alaskan bears and wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox.

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Episode 36: Panasonic GH5 v2.0 Firmware

Episode 36: Panasonic GH5 v2.0 Firmware

Panasonic updated the GH5 firmware—Nick and Griffin take a look at this camera’s powerful new features. Plus, your questions about color correcting, why framerates come in weird numbers, and filming flood rescue at night, without lights.

Download the new v2.0 Lumix GH5 firmware—or check other bodies and lenses for updates—on Panasonic’s website.

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Episode 35: Tricks for Slow Motion

Episode 35: Tricks for Slow Motion

Nick and Griffin share their tricks for shooting slow motion, and handling the edit. Plus, your questions about recording audio, filming wildlife, and avoiding flicker during time lapses.

Interviewing Ben Grunow in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Interviewing Ben Grunow in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Close audio always sounds best, so when I lock down an interview shot on a tripod, I don’t mind placing myself and the microphone blatantly in the shot. All I need is one clean backplate to mask over the video.

#UnitedForPuertoRico
If you’d like to help Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria’s devastation, donate at UnitedForPuertoRico.com.
For other ways to help, check out this PBS article.

Watch my latest short film about lifestyle photographer Jennifer Maring.

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Episode 34: Recording Great Voiceover

Episode 34: Recording Great Voiceover

Voiceover artist Matt Shivers helps Nick and Griffin record better vocal tracks. Plus, your questions about exposure blending, what to do when your video content is stolen, and if it’s legal to film in a national park.

Thank you to our friend Matt for sharing his voiceover tips!
*Matt uses these mics: Neumann TLM-103 and a Sennheiser MKH 416

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If someone steals your video work, and uploads to Facebook, here’s where you can request a DMCA takedown.

National Park Service—when you need a commercial filming permit

Watch my short film about wedding photographer William Innes:

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Episode 33: Mystery of the Light Leaks

Episode 33: Mystery of the Light Leaks

Nick unravels the mystery of light leaks hitting Griffin’s Panasonic GH4 sensor. Shooting time lapses and infrared at Zion National Park. Episode recorded in St. George, Utah at the DOCUTAH film festival. Plus, your questions about green screen problems, editing short films, and entering film festivals.

My film Hand-cut played this year at DOCUTAH—so did Sriracha in 2014. For more on festivals I’ve entered, been rejected by, and their costs, view Griffin’s film festival spreadsheet from 2013–2014. I also use the website Film Freeway to find film fests.

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Watch Griffin’s latest film from Grindelwald, Switzerland—profiling landscape photographer Ben Grunow.

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Bonus episode: Converting My Camera to Infrared
Infrared light waves penetrate skin enough to soften features—notice my missing freckles.

Infrared light waves penetrate skin enough to soften features—notice my missing freckles.

Bonus episode: Converting My Camera to Infrared

Before their next full episode on September 13, Griffin decides to convert his Panasonic GH4 to shoot infrared, instead of visible light. Nick joins Griffin in St. George, Utah next week for the DOCUTAH film festival.

The two most popular infrared conversion services are Life Pixel in Texas and Kolari Vision in New Jersey.

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Episode 32: Swear Words & Censorship

Episode 32: Swear Words & Censorship

Nick and Griffin discuss swear words, censorship, and figure out the MPAA movie rating for Sriracha. Plus, your questions about prime lenses, operating a Glidecam, and picture profiles for cameras.

Watch Indy Mogul’s History of Movie Ratings.

Resources from this episode

Nick is proud of this Glidecam HD-2000 shot.

Griffin hangs a blanket behind his camera to dampen room reverb. Nick places a pillow behind his microphone.

Griffin hangs a blanket behind his camera to dampen room reverb. Nick places a pillow behind his microphone.

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Episode 31: I Filmed the Solar Eclipse

Episode 31: I Filmed the Solar Eclipse

Griffin heads to Bowling Green, Kentucky to film the solar eclipse—Nick experiences cloudy weather. Plus, your questions about marketing yourself on social media, how to expose for time lapses, and mounting two cameras on one tripod.

Filmmaking equipment mentioned in this episode:

Thank you to my friend Carrie at Sur la Lune Photography for these great behind-the-scenes photos!

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Episode 30: Filming Bears in Alaska

Episode 30: Filming Bears in Alaska

In Alaska, Griffin gets close-ups with brown bears, and Nick asks—how did you stay safe? Wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox weighs in. Plus, your questions about camera cages, budget lenses, and why I stopped using variable ND filters.

During my trip, I shared many of the following photos and videos on Instagram.

Thank you to wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox—follow his work on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

The indiSYSTEM ULTRAcompact is the first shoulder rig Nick and I used.

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Episode 29: How to Make a Tutorial Video

Episode 29: How to Make a Tutorial Video

Griffin critiques Nick’s latest tutorial video. Plus, your questions about the usefulness of a monopod, editing and backing up footage, and capturing the eclipse in 360 degrees.

After discussing his first cut with Griffin, Nick added an on-camera intro, and re-recorded the voiceover track. Watch his finished tutorial video:

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Episode 28: How to Film the Solar Eclipse

Episode 28: How to Film the Solar Eclipse

Griffin and Nick learn what it takes to photograph the upcoming solar eclipse, and each make a new hard drive purchase. Plus, your questions about anamorphic lenses, false color, and adjusting the flange distance on your lens.

Map—Where to view the August 21 solar eclipse

Equipment to Film a Solar Eclipse

Useful Solar Eclipse Photography Articles

Hard Drive Coincidence

Independently, Nick and I each purchased the same 8TB hard drive from Best Buy, because it was 50% off.

Related to Viewer Questions

Listen to me on Larry Jordan's podcast, Digital Production Buzz, this Thursday (August 3) at 6pm PT.

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Episode 27: Australian Filmmaking Adventure

Episode 27: Australian Filmmaking Adventure

Griffin photographs a Quokka, and builds drone confidence off the coast of Australia. Nick suggests a new live-streaming venture. Plus, your questions about filming LCD monitors, faking motion blur, and if you really need a demo reel.

Watch Griffin’s rough edit of his DJI Spark footage and GH5 time lapses from Rottnest Island.

Editing tools mentioned on today’s show:

  • LRTimelapse (99€) is popular among photographers for cleaning up a series of time lapse images
  • ReelSteady ($399) stabilizes better than After Effects’ built-in Warp Stabilizer.
  • ReelSmart Motion Blur ($90) adds convincing motion blur—available in many applications, including After Effects and Final Cut Pro X.
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Episode 26: Illegal Drone Flight in Sydney

Episode 26: Illegal Drone Flight in Sydney

In Sydney, Griffin is confronted by Australian police, and Nick explains multi-cam editing. Plus, your questions about nat sound breaks, avoiding light flicker in foreign countries, and capturing slow motion audio.

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Episode 25: Which camera bags for travel?

Episode 25: Which camera bags for travel?

Nick’s in Chicago, and Griffin’s just returned from filming in Grindelwald, Switzerland and Verona, Italy. They talk camera bags, plus your questions about filming a dance class, capturing clear audio, and how to script a documentary film.

Camera Bags mentioned in this episode:

Read the wedding contract Griffin has used in the past.

Nick mentioned Glif, a product for tripod-mounting a smartphone.

For electronic contract signing, Nick uses Adobe Sign (formerly called EchoSign).

View images and video—including time lapses—from Griffin's Switzerland trip on Instagram.

All of the electronics Nick and his family travel with.

All of the electronics Nick and his family travel with.

Griffin using the ThinkTank Perception Pro backpack in Grindelwald, Switzerland last week.

Griffin using the ThinkTank Perception Pro backpack in Grindelwald, Switzerland last week.

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Bonus episode: Why shoot 10-bit color if I can’t see it?

Bonus episode: Why shoot 10-bit color if I can’t see it?

Our next full episode is July 12, but today Griffin and Nick answer three audience questions, including why shooting 10-bit color (1 billion color possibilities) is better than 8-bit (16 million color possibilities) if our screens don’t even display that much color data.

Watch What is "10-bit 4:2:2"? for a technical explanation of color bit depth and chroma subsampling.

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Episode 24: My First Drone Flight

Episode 24: My First Drone Flight 

After two successful test flights with the new DJI Spark, Griffin’s attempt to pilot the small drone during the podcast ends badly. Nick begins shooting 4K with the Panasonic G85. Plus, your questions about podcasting technology, directing non-actors, and whether you really need to follow the 180-degree rule.

Watch the DJI Spark promo video:

While the DJI Spark doesn’t shoot 4K like the DJI Mavic Pro—it’s smaller, $500 cheaper, and includes more gesture modes.

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Episode 23: Make Films YOU Want to See

Episode 23: Make Films YOU Want to See

From Almaty, Kazakhstan—Griffin presents his 20-minute #GoViralKz keynote speech, Make Content YOU Want to See. Plus, Nick and Griffin answer your questions about H.265 encoding, filming two-person interviews, and what bit depth to shoot V-Log in.

Watch Griffin’s speech dubbed in Russian.  
Watch this recap video to learn more about #GoViralKz.

For under $1,200, Nick recommends this laptop for editing

Upcoming Events
In Sydney, I'm speaking at Georges Cameras July 15, Digital Camera Warehouse July 16, the SMPTE 2017 trade show July 18–20. In Perth, I'll speak at Photo Live Expo 2017 July 23.
More info at griffinhammond.com/events

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Episode 22: Licensing Music for Film

Episode 22: Licensing Music for Film

Griffin and Nick discuss music licensing, and answer your questions about variable ND filters, shooting in 6K, and how to price your freelance work.

Our video, “Memorize the F-Stop Scale, Easily” landed on NoFilmSchool!

MY RELEASE FORMS FOR MUSIC & TALENT
I’m no lawyer, and can’t guarantee the efficacy of my licensing and release documents, but to share my experience, these are the forms I used for Sriracha:

Music release form used for Sriracha

Photo by Matt Edwards. In 2010, I uploaded photos from the LPGA State Farm Classic golf tournament.

Photo by Matt Edwards. In 2010, I uploaded photos from the LPGA State Farm Classic golf tournament.

To create practical, handwritten sauce graphics for Sriracha, I used a blue screen, seen in these two videos.

ND FILTERS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Polaroid 58mm Variable ND filter
B+W 58mm MRC Solid ND 0.9 filter
B+W 58mm MRC Solid ND 3.0 filter

Should creative people charge an hourly rate? Chris Do doesn’t think so.

SHOOTING REAL ESTATE VIDEOS
Video: Griffin’s tips for Filming Real Estate
Nick and I have traditionally used a Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 or 14–140mm for real estate, but I bet my current 12–35mm would be perfect.

Upcoming Events
June 16–18 Go Viral Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan

In Sydney, I'm speaking at Georges Cameras July 15, Digital Camera Warehouse July 16, the SMPTE 2017 trade show July 18–20. In Perth, I'll speak at Photo Live Expo 2017 July 23.

More info at griffinhammond.com/events

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Episode 21: Los Angeles Premiere of Hand-Cut

Episode 21: Los Angeles Premiere of Hand-Cut

From the Dances With Films festival, inside the famous TCL Chinese Theatres, Griffin presents the Hollywood premiere of his film Hand-cut. Nick shares Apple’s updated computer lineup. Plus, your questions about using Creative Commons music, deep focus vs. infinity focus, and raising funds for your film.

I used three Pedco Ultra Clamps for this podcast setup. One for the light, clamped to a chair. Clamped my shotgun mic TO the Zoom H5 recorder, which itself is clamped to the tripod.

I used three Pedco Ultra Clamps for this podcast setup. One for the light, clamped to a chair. Clamped my shotgun mic TO the Zoom H5 recorder, which itself is clamped to the tripod.

Photo by Elizabeth Mitchell

Photo by Elizabeth Mitchell

Photo by Dances With Films

Photo by Dances With Films

Nick watched my video, How to set up your new Panasonic GH5

Finding the Right Music
I frequently use these subscription libraries—Audio Network and Jingle Punks

But for free music, look for Creative Commons. Avoid “noncommercial” licenses for paid and monetized videos—I often use Creative Commons “attribution” licenses. Super prolific composer Kevin MacLeod is a popular choice among YouTubers.

And I really like Chris Zabriskie. I also search Free Music Archive.

Ryan, photographer at Dances With Films is a fan of my DIY video light.

Ryan, photographer at Dances With Films is a fan of my DIY video light.

Upcoming Events
Almaty, Kazakhstan, June 16–18—Go Viral Festival
Australia, July 16–23—I'm speaking at SMPTE 2017 in Sydney July 18–20, and Photo Live Expo 2017 in Perth July 23.
More info at griffinhammond.com/events

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