Video Production Gear Budgeting

How to budget smartly for professional video and cinema gear
video gear budget
“Should I buy this piece of gear?” I see this posted often, and since I’m in possession of at least a few gray hairs, I’m asked the same question on a pretty consistent basis. People often spend inordinate amounts of time curating and writing out a long and often well-researched gear list that they’re thinking about buying. It could be a camera... Read more

Synology DS916+: It Will Go Full NAS, If You Want

A high-performance NAS for small- to medium-sized studios
NAS storage
The Synology DS916+ set up in my office next to the WiFi and my favorite plant. Following up on my story about storage solutions for small studios, there’s a company called Synology that makes a very high-end NAS, which is great for video-editing outlets and for huge studios. Synology competes with companies like G-Technology (the RAID cited in my... Read more

Copyright Monkey Business

How a simian’s selfie might change copyright law
monkey selfie
While this monkey is smiling, photographer David Slater certainly isn’t after a copyright claim threw the ownership of this image into question. Credit: David Slater How does a monkey own a copyright? While this may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, for UK-based photographer David Slater, the question is far from funny. In 2015, Slater and others... Read more

Social Media Strategy: Always Be Closing

Don’t chase every social media audience; pick the ones that work to generate jobs
social media strategy
By cultivating a “look” and carefully curating your images, a single social media tool can be incredibly powerful. Photos by DL Byron Get them to sign on the line that’s dotted. In an infamous scene in the movie adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross, Alec Baldwin—while verbally “motivating” a group of real estate salesmen—drills into their... Read more

Storage Solutions For A Small Studio

A good storage and backup strategy takes a lot to set up, but is well worth the time
storage and backup solutions
With a custom 24MP Sony sensor, fast processing times and a huge buffer, a camera like the a9 can shoot 20 fps for up to 362 JPEG or 241 RAW images. Dual slots for UHS-II cards at up to 128 gigs means a photographer can finish an assignment with images of over 10K. All that tech and storage ensures you’ll likely never miss a shot, but you’ll also... Read more

Working With Apple

Apple services you may not know about
Apple programs
When Apple announced a Kaby Lake update to the MacBook Pro Touch at WWDC, some reviewers were upset. A popular tech blog even wrote an inflammatory headline about the update and then went on to lambast Apple for not shipping the Kaby Lake processor back in November when the MacBook Pro Touch launched. Not privy to Apple’s supply chain logistics, I... Read more

8K Video Ushers In New Still Photo Era

With the world of 4K barely established, the video and cinema markets are boldly headed toward 8K, and some companies, like RED, have already arrived
A portrait captured as a frame grab from the RED Weapon 8K camera. Photo by Vincent Laforet At the RED booth at CineGear, I had the chance to catch up with photographer/videographer Vincent Laforet, who had some of his recent photographic work on display on the walls of the booth. Laforet is a former Canon Explorer of Light, and his early work with... Read more

Byron’s Blog: It’s Spring, And Copper River Salmon Has Arrived

With the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, capturing the arrival of the first Copper River salmon on an Alaska Airlines cargo plane and the ritual filleting by local chefs in a cook-off
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Following the arrival of the first Copper River salmon on an Alaska Airlines cargo plane and a ritual filleting, local chefs compete in a cook-off and serve the prized fresh fish to the assembled press, VIPs, executives and employees. Because of the high fat content, the fish from Alaska’s Copper River Delta is considered a delicacy and shipped soon... Read more

Airline Laptop Ban Guide For Photographers

Concerned about traveling with your laptop and expensive camera gear? Learn about the best ways to handle the ban on laptops in airline carry-ons
airline laptop ban
Checking your laptop and camera gear on international flights appears likely to become the norm, not the exception. You probably know that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has banned devices larger than a smartphone from airline carry-ons on flights to the U.S. from several airports in the Middle East and Africa. Recent news reports suggest... Read more

Byron’s Blog: What Is Kando 1.0?

With the a9, Sony is certainly “Being in the moment, present with expressive technology”
Kando
At every Sony launch I’ve attended—Sony has been relentless in their release schedule—the president of their North American operations, Mike Fasulo, has mentioned Kando. Each time he does so with a little more emphasis. Sony is now expressing their design aesthetic even louder with an event in Santa Barbara happening now where I’m expecting... Read more

Byron’s Blog: Finding A Camera System You Love

It doesn’t matter what camera you shoot with—really—what matters is that you get the shots
Finding A Camera System You Love
Canon EOS M6 The one thing I’ve learned about camera systems, after reviewing several, is that there’s no perfect one. My idea of perfection would be an Olympus body with a Sony sensor, Fuji’s in-camera profiles and Sigma’s lenses. I’ll never get that, just like the pony I always wanted. I can get pretty close to perfection these days, though,... Read more

Luggage That Won’t Break

After a series of recent luggage fails, it was time for an upgrade
photo hardshell cases
Timing-wise, after an unusual run of three luggage pieces failing (my luck was up, I guess), Homeland Security banned large electronics—laptops, cameras, tablets—from 10 specific airports with departures to the U.S. And, that means, if you happened to be traveling, say, on Emirates back from Dubai when this order went in place, then your camera,... Read more
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