Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Filipino Christmas Party

In addition to weddings I do video of many other kinds of events. My primary camera, with its small size and sensitivity to light, is especially suited for intimate celebrations like this one. No glaring lights shining in people's eyes or big tripods for them to trip over!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sunset Wedding at Portlock Beach

Portlock Beach is one of the more secluded Oahu beaches. On the east side of the island near Hanauma Bay, it's a great choice for a sunset wedding ceremony in the wintertime, when the sun is more to the south and sets in the ocean. I used my trusty Panasonic GH2 to get HD video with the shallow depth of field (backgrounds out of focus) that makes for a more cinematic look. Regular camcorders would have very deep depth of field with everything in focus. That's fine for some situations, but a regular camcorder is stuck with only that look due to its small sensor size. On the other hand, the full-frame DSLRs like the Canon Mark III that so many wedding videographers use these days can give you a great shallow depth of field look, but it can often be TOO shallow and make maintaining sharp focus on your main subject difficult. For me the GH2 is the sweet spot in between. It allows me to get either shallow or deep depth of field and is almost as easy to use as a camcorder.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Family Portraits in Laie

Laie is a wonderful place for pictures because there are both very nice secluded beaches and the Mormon Temple, with its interesting architecture and pleasant gardens.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Vow Renewal and Family Photos

Most of my photography is of weddings, but I do many other types of photographic work. Here are some vow renewal and family photos I took recently at the Makapuu Lookout. I used a full-frame Canon for a look closer to what film cameras produce. Remember film? Digital cameras can now produce images that are at least as detailed and sharp as images shot on film, but even now the image tends to look less three-dimensional than a film image, and the dynamic range (how much of a range of brightness can be captured without blowing out highlights or losing shadow detail) is rarely as good as it is with film. The Canon with its shallow depth of field and large sensor produces a substantially more film-like look compared to smaller cameras.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Silent Movie Skit

A silent movie style skit I shot in HD to be shown at a reception along with a slideshow and ceremony highlights.

Friday, March 16, 2012