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Urban Exploration with the Quattro

13 Jul 2014 at 6:56pm

Urban Exploration with the Quattro

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Tony Hewitt and I had a very successful Workshop on Saturday starting with a 6.30 walk around the city to find all those elusive but highly rewarding urban images we love to shoot. The participants on the workshop got some great images and we all soon realised just how much fantastic material was there. After that we had a nice breakfast and then it was on to Team Digital to do our classroom presentations.

It was a fun day out for everyone and there were lots of laughs as well as inspiration, ideas and techniques to take home.

Keep an eye out for our next excellent adventure.

 

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96 Frames Per Second with the Panasonic GH4

9 Jun 2014 at 3:51pm

96 Frames Per Second with the Panasonic GH4

One thing that excited me about the Panasonic GH4 was the ability to shoot a higher frame rate and still get full HD footage. The GH4 gives you up to 96fps at 1920x1080p.

This footage of my sons soccer game proved a easy test bed and I think the footage from this little camera is awesome.

There is definitely something liberating shooting handheld with such a small camera. This camera on a Glidecam HD2000 shooting 96fps full HD would be neat.

I used the Lumix 35-100mm f/2,8 lens with the camera.
Edited in Premiere Pro with no grade on the footage. (This is straight from the camera)

Thanks to Saul Frank at Camera Electronics for the loan of the camera

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Siem Reap, Cambodia Workshop 13 – 19 October 2014

9 Jun 2014 at 11:57am

Siem Reap, Cambodia Workshop 13 – 19 October 2014

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Come with Nick and Christian for 6 nights as they lead a group of “Tomb Raiders” deep into the jungle of Siem Reap in Cambodia. Think Indiana Jones meets The Big Bang Theory! Two self confessed geeks exploring the only way we know how, with cameras in hand and a luxury hotel lounge to unwind in at the end of the day. I know, we do it tough! We will be visiting all the temples not just Angkor Wat and will be taking in street photography around the Old Market area. This should be on everyones bucket list.

This will be a photography trip to remember.  There will be danger (you might spill a cocktail on your laptop), drama (Nick likes to sing and dance), spectacle (Phase One ,Leica shoot out) but most of all awe inspiring images (mine of course).

We will take small group, only 8 people, so whilst the emphasis will be on shooting during the best times of the day, we will still have plenty of time to work one on one with each of the participants to help refine their images.

Price will include all meals,  luxury accommodation, transport, tuition and best of all, our jokes!

I am taking expressions of interest with three spots already spoken for you might like to get in quick. Send me an email christianfletcher@westnet.com.au if you want to be considered.

Check my Training website for more details and to book www.christianfletchertraining.com.au

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Panasonic GH4 Vs Canon C300

9 Jun 2014 at 12:02am

Panasonic GH4 Vs Canon C300

Camera technology is advancing at an alarming rate and it’s hard to know when and what to buy these days. Just recently Panasonic announced the release of the new DSLR the GH4 which reportedly captures 4K vision via its micro 4/3 sensor in camera. It is supposed to be very sharp and very detailed and it got me thinking ” Has the day come for my C300 which only shoots Full HD 1920×1080 vision.” I mean really, how can my C300 compete with a camera that shoots double the resolution.

Saul at Camera Electronics gave me the opportunity to test this new weapon of the indi doco filmmaker to see if it is all that it’s stacked up to be. To be honest I only had it for the weekend and I was too lazy to get up early to shoot a sunrise even though young Nathan Wills was egging me on to get out (I’m just getting too old to wake up early in my own backyard). Anyway I  took it out a couple of times over the weekend with the intention of comparing it to the C300. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing out being committed financially to the C300.

The first thing I shot was my sons soccer match. I did this to test out the 96 frames per second slo mo the camera shoots in full HD 1920×1080. The C300 can’t get anywhere near this function (It’s very disappointing). The footage I reviewed was amazing. Hand held the slo mo was crisp and sharp and the fact I got to film my boy scoring a goal was the icing on the cake. It’s a great feature of the camera which makes me want one just for that. (I will be posting a short video of this slo mo footage soon) The slo mo didn’t fair as good later on when I went down to shoot some beach scenes. Wide shots in the slo mo just didn’t seem to pop like the tighter shots of the kids playing soccer so that was a bit disappointing. I haven’t ruled out the fact that I wasn’t shooting the best scene and my focus could of been a bit off.

The next thing I did was to take both the C300 and GH4 out into the field to film a few different scenarios to see how the two camera compare. I set up the GH4 as per specifications from James Miller who has done test shooting with this camera (see the specs in the video). The C300 was in Canon Log which gives the best dynamic range and captures the most amount of information. With the two cameras side by side I tried to get both cameras images framed up the same to make it easier to compare.

I hurried to get the first files of the shoot onto my computer. I was blown away by how sharp the GH4 was but even more blown away by the fact the C300 looked  marginally better. How does that work? The C300 has half the resolution but slightly better detail, sharpness and maybe dynamic range (don’t quote me). It’s the same for the Canon 1Dc. I thought the image from the C300 was about on par with the 1Dc’s 4K footage. I don’t get it?

It must be the sensor I guess. So my 1080p footage looks better than the so called 4k footage or to be honest slightly less Ultra HD 3840 x 2160. Is this what they mean by marketing 4K?

Anyway the bottom line is the GH4 files look incredible and only marginally less impressive than the C300 but at a greatly reduced outlay. Less than $ 2000.00 for a GH4 and more like $ 13000.00 for a C300. The test is not a proper comparison because so many things are variables including quality of the lenses used and the setup of the cameras themselves.

This is just my observations. There will be people out there that say the GH4 poops all over a C300 and they may now how to get the best from the camera settings. Based on what I did, the C300 looked marginally better but boy the GH4 is a little ripper. Not too mention also it’s small size which makes it perfect for aerial drones or those crazy mountain climbs where you don’t want 20kgs of kit on your back to get amazingly detailed  footage.

Bottom line still holds true. If your shooting a crap scene then it doesn’t matter how good the quality is as it’s still going to be crap.

Check the camera out for yourself.

Cheers

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The Kimberley

26 May 2014 at 11:01am

The Kimberley

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We had a brilliant Kimberley workshop last week with lots of repeat customers and some new people too. A great group and a great time had by all. We will be running this workshop again next year so if you like the Kimberley region you will like this.

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Sigma DP2 Merrill the Super Camera

4 May 2014 at 3:50pm

Sigma DP2 Merrill the Super Camera

_SDI0325 I have been completely blown away by my new Sigma DP2 Merrill. Loving the B&W it is capable of, reminds me of the good old days of shooting film. Image quality wise this is probably the best mirror less camera I have ever used. I cannot believe what this thing can do. Combined with Iridient Developer it has been a fun ride. Edge to edge sharpness is the best I have seen period, no lens I have used beats this. Check it out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

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