So we just returned from our trip to Jamaica. My wife and I were traveling not just for a vacation but to shoot a good friend of mine’s wedding. So needless to say, because of the wedding I was going to be travelling with a fair amount of equipment.
Here was my concern. I had never been to Jamaica, never been to this specific resort, and through my web browsing and review reading, I had seen a fair amount of people concerned or who had experienced theft within their rooms. Now this is not specific to Jamaica, so lets not put those words in my mouth. Theft in hotels/resorts can and do happen anywhere. But I was travelling with a lot of equipment.
Now what you do not see in the above is a 15″ Macbook Pro Retina, which was also being carried in my bag. Needless to say the hotel safe was not going to cut it. But to be completely honest the safe was bigger then i expected.
So what was I going to do. I definitely did not want to have to carry my gear around with me everywhere as for 6 of the 7 days my wife and I were on holidays and wanted to relax. After a bit of searching I came across the PacSafe.
The Pacsafe is a small wire mesh that wraps around your bag. To be completely honest I will never travel with out it as of now. It takes a bit of time to put it on your pack and to lock and unlock the Pacsafe, but its definitely worth it. I never felt that my bag and or contents were at risk. It took an extra 2-5 minutes to put all my gear in the bag and safely lock it. In my opinion money well spent.
The bag after it is secure and wrapped then attaches itself to something secure in your room. Most tables or beds or something in your hotel room is fastened securely and once this is attached to it, your bag is safe. Or at least as safe as its going to be.
Is the mesh indestructible? No. Can it be cut with wire cutters? Probably? But most thefts especially in resorts happen fast. And anything that can deter or make it more difficult is definitely a plus. This cost me about 60ish dollars canadian.
Well worth the money. IF you are travelling this may be something that you might want in and around your bag.
So I broke my Sigma 17-70 lens. So So Sad. And it was completely my fault. Any ways I have replace it with a Tamron 17-50 lens. Check out my video below to see what I think of the new lens.
So for a second time i’ve had the opportunity to work alongside the band “doll” (local band from Ottawa Ontario) and help them create a music video for one of their new tracks. So as of today it is finally finished.
So a little bit about the video…
Firstly this video was entirely shot with Canon dSLR cameras. We used both a T2i and 7D. In regards to our lens choice we used what i had available… which was a Canon 50mm f/1.8, a Canon 24-85 f/3.5-5.6, and lastly a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5. Both cameras were always hand held to give it the shaky look. We then imported it into Final Cut Pro X and did the color correcting with Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Looks plugin (we ended up having some problems but i do explain that in the video). The little girl in the video is my daughter and this was completely out of her element which makes me so proud. Pretty hard song to memorize so that she could lip sync along with the song.
Here’s the video …
Here is the video that I previously did with them (about a year or so ago). Be warned that this video has very strong language. So watch at your own discretion.
So im sure a lot of us shoot SLR cameras that require CF cards. I know that I do. I have a Canon 7D and 10D which both use CF cards, and I have a Canon T2i which uses SD cards. Plus a lot of little Point and Shoot cameras as well as mini camcorders, which also shoot on SD cards.
Now I also have an iMac and a Macbook Pro (+ an iPad) which all support SD cards and not CF (unless of course i use a card reader).
Also SD cards are cheaper. And saving money is always good. So how can you use your SD cards in your CF style cameras?
Well I came across this adapter. You take a little bit of a performance hit, but the real question is how much of a hit?
Watch my video to find out …
Let me know what you think. Is this something that you would use?
Just a quick post showcasing a video that we came across in regards to a Track and Field photo shoot. Its only 2 minutes long and is a behind the scenes look at their photo shoot.
I shoot a fair bit of video and because of this I am fairly concerned with my audio as well (depending on what I’m shooting). So I found a video from Que Audio (now they may be trying to sell their own brand of microphones, but if you kind of ignore that, the information in the video is quite good). I shoot with a R0DE video mic, which i think (in my opinion) is one of the better shotgun mics that you can get for the price. So have a watch. Its a decent video .
The photo walk. Who doesn’t love doing one. And if you have never just grabbed your camera, with the sole purpose of just heading out to take pictures, well you my friend are missing out. Some of the best photos can be found in your own town or city. But their are some things that you should be prepared for. Check out the following website for more information.