Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Lively Hale Koa Wedding, April 22, 2013




 
This couple had a very lively reception at the Hale Koa hotel. I shot video only; these are frame grabs from the video. They really danced the night away! My small camera with no light needed allowed me to be right there with the dancers without intruding.




Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Technology Ushering in a Golden Age for Affordable High Quality Photography and Video!

I've been Tweeting about some of the exciting new products that are making these days a great time for getting super high quality video and photography of your wedding or other event, without breaking the bank. That is, if your photographer or videographer is keeping up with the latest technology! Here I will discuss the top three, which have all arrived on the market within the past few months.

One amazing product is the Metabones Speed Booster, which makes lenses wider and faster without losing sharpness. Oh, and you get shallower depth of field too. If you're not a photographer or videographer you may not know know what shallow depth of field is or why it matters, but trust me, it's a big deal! I can't wait to get this adapter!

                            

Another amazing product is the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera. It costs only a thousand dollars and is the size of a small point and shoot camera, but it can give a videographer 13 stops of dynamic range. Again, this may not mean much to you if you aren't a videographer, but this is an even bigger deal than shallow depth of field. I hope to add this camera to my equipment collection very soon. The above video compares its big brother the Cinema camera, released last year, with a popular Canon DSLR, and the difference is remarkable. The new Pocket camera has only very slightly less dynamic range than the older camera but is far more affordable and easier to use.

            

The third product is not as revolutionary as the first two, but still exciting. It is the SLR Magic 25mm F 0.95 lens. What is special about this lens is that F 0.95 aperture, which means that you can shoot in very dark situations with no extra lighting. I mean extremely dark, like moonlight or candlelight. There are other lenses that have an aperture this large, but they are considerably more expensive, and, not as sharp. The video above was shot with it. Not by me, but I want to get this lens as soon as humanly possible!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Highlights of a Wedding at Turtle Bay

Highlights from a wedding at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's northern tip. If you want all the amenities of a Waikiki hotel but in a place far from the noise and crowds of Honolulu, Turtle Bay is a great choice.