Category: Photography / Videography

A Trip to Egypt – A PowerPoint Presentation

I’m adding a new video to my portfolio here to showcase how a PowerPoint presentation may be converted to an online presentation. The challenge with doing videos of a live presentation using PowerPoint is that often, the lights are dimmed so the audience can see the screen, and rarely is is possible to get a clean video of the material projected. Not much can be done about recording video in a dark room.  You either

Recording Fireworks

A nephew of mine brought in some fireworks to a family get together, and it was a perfect opportunity for me to test out my ability to capture quality video from such a display.  I think we all did rather well — Jeff, myself, and my DVX200. Video was shot with VLOG, at UHD 60fps and 1/120 shutter speed, at base ISO (500).  First part was shot with the iris wide open (F2.8), and about

FPC Niles Flood Response

Here’s a recent project I worked on, doing both videography and editing for a video intended to elicit donations and volunteers to help out with continuing efforts to support those affected by a recent flood in the area of Niles, MI. I’ve pulled out the contact info for this version, but otherwise, it’s essentially what was delivered to the client. What was originally expected to be a short project ended up taking about 12 hours

Symphony of Peace Prayers

Just finished editing and uploading a video which used a new piece of equipment — a Flycam stabilizer.  This is a “steadi-cam” type of tool, which helps to keep the camera steady when moving around. Since this was my first time using it, I wasn’t as steady with it as I’d like, so I also ran the footage through a piece of stabilizing software — Mercalli V4.  This was a nice combination, and one I’ll

DVX200 Flexibility

While this video is relatively simple, and the audio isn’t the greatest, I’m adding it to my video portfolio for a couple of reasons. First, it highlights the flexibility of the new DVX200 I bought a few months ago. For whatever reason, I wasn’t happy with the default color matrix, as many skin tones turned out a bit too yellow for my tastes.  From what I read online, this was a problem with earlier firmware

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

I was recently asked to record a concert given at the Coptic Center I’ve been working with a lot lately.  The concert was performed by Mark Handler, who may be found at http://www.tibetanbowls.org. There were a couple of challenges in getting a good recording.  While the audio portion was relatively easy — a generally quiet audience and relatively loud sound source — most of the light came from the windows BEHIND the performer.  Luckily, I

Harmonic Prayer Introduction

Here is a short, 20-minute video I put together describing the basics of Harmonic Prayer. This is the first video I’ve produced with a new piece of equipment — a teleprompter! For those interested, a Glide Gear TMP100, to be precise, which requires a tablet to display the notes/script. For the tablet, I’m using an old Asus Transformer T101, with an app called “A Prompter for Android.” I already had the script, and had been

Trying Something New

I’ve never been afraid to try something new.  I’ve just been cautious to avoid wasting time. Perhaps in the end, these are the same thing? Either way, I do try different things from time to time, especially when I feel it’s a good opportunity to experience something fun, or a way to improve what I’m doing. A couple of years ago, after having been asked to video record a number of live events with my

Dances of Universal Peace Workshop

Last night, I had the opportunity to record a workshop in which the “best” shots would be in the middle of all the activity.  This was a new experience for me, as I normally record events from the sidelines where I’m not in anyone’s way. Luckily, no one minded my being there.  Maybe because I moved around from time to time so I wouldn’t be in anyone’s way for long. Overall, I think it turned

Use Circular Time to Change Your Life

For the past four and a half years, I’ve been recording services at the Coptic Center here in the Grand Rapids area, and using this as practice as I develop my skills as a videographer. I started in 2013 with the Nikon D800 camera I bought for still photography, and then added a ‘real’ video camera (Sony AX100) to my kit in April 2016 when I saw that I was getting more calls to do