Category: Videos

Leica Q – First Weekend and Initial Thoughts

Ever since the Leica Q first came out, I’ve had an interest in owning one. However, the price was always more than I was willing to spend. Fast forward a few years, and the price on the original Leica Q has come down to a more reasonable level. I was able to find a used ...

Canon EOS R5 8K ProRes RAW Atomos Ninja V+ HEVC 10 Bit Compression Nvidia NVENC Tutorial

This video was shot in ProRes RAW with a Canon EOS R5 using an Atomos Ninja V+ external recorder. Edited on an M1 Macbook Pro, and compressed using an older Nvidia 1080 Ti graphics card in an older Windows machine.

Why you need 8K – a real world example (shot on a Canon EOS R5)

I was helping my karate instructor film a tutorial for his students, but didn’t have a steady cam, and wanted to zoom in close to the action. Using a15-35mm f/2.8 lens, I zoomed all the way out, shot at f/2.8, and digitally cropped, panned, and zoomed the image. Is it the best effect ever? No, ...

AirPods Max might not be for you. Vs Sony WH-1000XM3 WH-1000XM4, Bose 700, & Sennheiser Momentum 3

There’s more to Bluetooth headphones than I initially realized. It’s more than just sound quality and more than which version of Bluetooth (i.e. 4.2, 5.0, etc.). In this video, I discuss and share my experiences with four different pairs of headphones and discuss why the AirPods Max might not be the best pair of Bluetooth ...

Advanced Color Grading w/ LOG in LumaFusion Using a New App Called “Video LUT Editor” – 4K HQ Canon EOS R5

This morning, I was searching the web for tips on color grading LOG footage in LumaFusion. I ended up finding a video about an app call “Video LUT Editor.” It looked promising, so I contacted the developer about doing a review. They were happy to give me a code to download it for review purposes. ...

Smashing Pumpkins After Halloween

Vertical video shot on the Canon EOS R5 – 4K 120 FPS – Slowmo Slow Motion 50mm f/1.2 RF Music track is “firestorm (nothing but a…)” by urmymuse http://ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/62221

8K 24P Fuji X-T4 Kaza Leather Case Review. The Controversy About Soft Shutter Releases. Thumb Grips!

Disclaimer: I shot this video after work, dadding, karate class, and probably later in the day than I should have. Please ignore the hair.

Canon EOS R5 8K DCI RAW Processing Considerations, Issues, and Workaround DaVinci Resolve / FCPX 8K

This video was edited on a PC using an i7 8700k processor, 1080 ti, and 64 GB of RAM using DaVinci Resolve. I edited it on a 4K timeline, then switched the project to 8K (with 25% preview quality under playback settings), had to reboot because I kept getting memory errors, then exported with the ...

High Rock Lookout

While a fairly short trail at 3.1 miles (round trip), it’s a bit steep at 1,300 feet in elevation gain. Eric, has done this hike many a time – even at night, but this was my first time. There’s nothing too interesting photographically until you’re near the top, then there’s a beautiful view of Mt. ...

How to Edit 8K DCI RAW from the Canon EOS R5 in DaVinci Resolve 16 with Good Performance

In this video, I share my workflow on how to edit the RAW footage from the EOS R5. If you have any suggestions on how I can improve my workflow, please share it below.

8K Leather Half Case Reviews Kaza Fuji X T4, Gariz Fuji X100V, Sony a7RIV, Lim’s Nikon Z6. EOS R5 RAW

In this video, I review and discuss various leather half cases as well as soft shutter release buttons and thumb rests. Lots of non essential photography gear that enhance the user experience.

Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail – Whidbey Island

It was supposed to be an overcast and cool day, but it was sunny and toasty! We packed barely enough water, and no sunscreen. Needless to say, we all got burnt – I’m typing this post retroactively about five days after the hike, and my neck is still red. That being said, beautiful scenery though. ...

Marymere Falls at Lake Crescent

This was our first time to Marymere falls, and it was quite a popular destination. We went midday and there were a lot of people there. We all socially distanced of course, but there were parts of the trail, bridges, and by the waterfall viewing area that got quite crowded. When crowding became too thick, ...

Which Camera Should I Buy?

I get asked this question occasionally, and my response is two questions: What would you like to shoot? What’s your budget? Usually, #2 is the most important question in this discussion. Often times, people look to the big box stores and ask me about an entry level Nikon or Canon DSLR kit with a couple ...

How Weather Sealed Is Your Camera and Lens Really? Preparing your Fujifilm Fuji X100V for the Rain?

Do you trust the “weather sealing” on your camera and lens gear? Would you use it in a downpour, a light rain, etc.? In this video, I talk about the various claims of manufacturers, and the best way (that I have found) to protect your expensive gear and specifically the Fuji X100V.SHOW LESS

Family Outing During the Coronavirus Shutdown – Speed Ramping GoPro Hero 7 Black ProTune Feiyu G6 4K

This video was a chance for me to get some exercise with the family and test quite a few things with the GoPro Hero 7 Black and Feiyu G6: How water resistant is the Feiyu G6? Using the ProTune mode and setting everything manually in the GoPro App including using the native white balance. Learning ...

Forget the Nikon Z6 ProRes RAW, Got Canon EOS R 15-35mm f/2.8 RF 4K aka Goodbye Sony 16-35mm f2.8 GM

It’s official – ProRes RAW on the Nikon Z6 isn’t worth it. The footage is soft, Final Cut Pro X is slow to edit it, if you apply a sharpening filter in FCPX it causes glitches in the video, and it’s cumbersome to use the Atomos Ninja V. N-Log 10 bit however is quite nice. ...

Social Distancing – Karate Kata Practice

The longer this social distancing / quasi quarantine goes on, the harder it’s going to be to stay in a productive training routing, eat right, and stay / get in better shape than I’m in now. My goal with documenting and watching my katas is to motivate myself to improve and see / work on ...

Practicing Karate and Working Out is Never Pretty

I’ve always loved action movies and superheroes. In my mind, if I train hard enough, I should be able to become one. The problem is, I’m getting older, I’m a family man, and I have a career. Besides that, no matter how often or how much I work out, I’m still just me. Yet, working ...

Canon 35mm f/1.8 RF Macro Lens – Initial Tests

Social distancing – what a world! The 35mm focal length is one of my favorites, and I’ve been looking for a chance to go out and shoot with my new lens, but we’re staying close to home and avoiding any and all contact with crowds. While this might not be the absolute best 35mm lens ...

Canon EOS R Test 4K Eye Detection, Firmware 1.6, 28-70mm @ f2, Neutral Pircture Profile, Rode Wireless Go, and Cats

I sold my Sony a7R III and Loxia Lenses for a Canon EOS R and 28-70mm f/2. Here’s my initial thoughts, and some test shots from Catffeinated – a cat cafe. Also, in this video I test the latest firmware in 4K with eye/face detection on.