Media

A New Website And Portfolio Coming

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Over the next couple of months the website will be going through an overhaul. At times it may be offline briefly during the transition. I have been horribly busy and am finishing up three projects so when they are completed I will be editing a new reel together. It is long overdo. So much to add to it. As some of you know I will be adding more photography options for hire. I was staying more in the film and video arena but I have had such amazing experiences I have decided to pursue those options as well. There will be a whole gallery of photos added when the new website design is up. Thank you all for the support. There is a lot going on and I am excited for the new opportunities coming.

Filmmaking

Who’s The G-Master Now

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As many people know I have been desiring (drooling?) 0ver the new Sony G-Master line of lenses since they were announced. As someone who uses both the Sony FS7 and Sony A7RII cameras using those lenses would be ideal. I’m a big believer that using native lenses is, in most cases, better though using other lenses with adapters is perfectly fine as I do that as well. But I personally prefer using lenses made for the cameras I use. When Sony went to full frame mirrorless their lens options were lacking in options. It took time to build a library of lenses as it would for any new mount. While there were some great lenses early on there were those of us that really wanted more professional lenses with low F-stops and great glass. Guess what? They listened. They started releasing their G series and now with their G-Master lenses […]

Conventions

Birthday And Update

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I know I haven’t been updating too much lately but because there have been a lot of things going on I haven’t had much time. I will be doing more blog posts and also more videos on everything. I will list a couple key things for now. First, I just had another birthday. So there was that. As I mentioned before I did get a new camera, the Sony FS7 4K camera. As always is the case with a new camera there is a learning curve but since I’m coming from a Sony camera to another it isn’t that big. However, the recording format is new for me so there is some learning there. Mainly how to shoot in it correctly and how to work with it in post production. I’ll be getting into that more soon. I have to say it is definitely the best camera I have ever […]

Filmmaking

Timelapse Test

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I am starting to do timelapse photography. I am so inspired by the ones I see that I knew it was only a matter of time before I tried it. There have been several times when I wish I had done one so I figured I should just start. I got out my Sony A7 and bought the add on to do timelapse and am doing some tests. Here is one I did yesterday.   Timelapse Test from Richard Diaz on Vimeo. I am really excited to be trying these. It is an involved process. I shoot raw files instead of just a video file in camera. So I take the sequence of frames (I think in this case it was about 960 frames) and brought them into Lightroom to color correct them. Then I exported them as high resolution jpg files and brought that into After Effects as an […]

Film History

Why Film Prints Still Matter

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The term “film is dead” has been going around the last few years. Not sure why we are so quick to end a format. There are people who still collect VHS tapes to this day. Why is film, which has been around longer than any of you reading this have been alive, is dead? It isn’t nor should it be. As a filmmaker I love using the latest technology to make what I do. In that case I am all for the latest digital cameras and formats. I know some filmmakers still prefer to shoot on film. I think it should be there for them to use. For me, I admit, I’m on the digital bandwagon. The tools better suite my creative needs. However, as a film buff I love watching 35mm film prints. Am I contradicting myself? No. Here is why. When it comes to more recent films, most […]

Filmmaking

New Sigma 105mm Macro Lens

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As much as my wallet is wishing otherwise I am trying to build a lens library since I switched to an interchangeable lens camera system a year ago plus getting back into photography. That is the nice thing about having both of my cameras be the same brand. Any lens I get I can use with both my Sony FS700 video camera and my Sony A7 still camera. Sigma currently has an instant rebate offer on a couple of their lenses through the end of March. One of the ones I have been eying for awhile is on the list so I couldn’t resist. I love shooting macro photography. Macro is where you can get very close to objects especially with small objects. Getting so tight onto things that you don’t normally see in such a way. It can make even the most mundane thing seem very dramatic. I have […]