It's still summer, so that means it's time for vacations… and that is no exception for us here at PhotoJoseph Studios. Ryan, the assistant/producer, was out of the studio Monday and Tuesday, leaving Joseph alone to manage the live show by himself, (It's Joseph's turn next week… he's flying off with his teenage kids to Sweden). Monday's show was an unboxing of the Behringer X AIR XR16, which was actually a very generous gift from a loyal viewer, (if only Joseph wasn't scrambling the week before his trip… this would have been set up by now). On Tuesday, Joseph installed a firmware update for the Panasonic Leica 12-60mm, and showed off the Image Stabilization. Wednesday, Ryan was back in the studio, therefore it was the first true test of the new setup using the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K… it was also the first true streaming test of the Webcaster X2 from Epiphan Video. Thursday's show was geared towards learning about the subtleties of shooting a solar eclipse and other Astrophotography topics like the Aurora Borealis. Our guest was Jason McMurry, a local Klamath Falls photographer/videographer, who has experience with this and shared his tips and insights. If any of you in the USA are interested in photographing/recording the eclipse, this is definitely one to watch! And on Friday, we ended the week with two birds and one stone. Joseph talked about what gear he would be taking with him to Sweden, and the mentality behind the choices, all while we had TWO streaming events going at the same time, (that's right Egon, we crossed the streams). We had dual streams going to test the potential differences between streaming through Wirecast and streaming through the Epiphan Webcaster X2. Watching them side by side, as you can below, shows some very obvious differences. What can you see?
I don't normally like to repeat the way I open this blurb every week, but WOW this was a hot week! We began it with some fantastic news. The GH5 Training Course is truly finally complete and available in its entirety at GH5Training.com! Monday's show was all about that, plus talking about which lens is best for interviews. Moving on to Tuesday, Joseph not only made his custom GH5 settings available to everyone, (available for download on the GH5 Training site), but he walked through it live. Wednesday's show was an unboxing of the Epiphan Webcaster X2. We're looking forward to testing it out to see how it performs. On Thursday, we were shown how LUMIX cameras are able to grab stills while shooting video. And finally, on Friday, Joseph talked through an issue we're trying to solve with audio being out of sync when streaming through the DJI Spark. We hope you all have a great weekend
That was a hot week! Hopefully you all had working air conditioning. It was a regular productive and informative week here at PhotoJoseph Studios. Monday's show was about how to pack your gear into a carry-on bag that actually fits in the overhead compartment. If you are someone who travels with your equipment, and don't like checking it, then you should definitely watch this Photo Moment. On Tuesday, Joseph answered a viewer's question about buying a starter micro four thirds kit for under $1K. Those who constantly tune in to the live show know what Joseph has been having a lot of fun with his DJI Spark drone. Wednesday's show was all about how Joseph solved an issue with the embedded audio. On Thursday, PhotoJoseph showed off the Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 video head for the last time, (sadly, we had to send it back to B&H later that day), and combined it with the Panasonic Leica 100-400mm. And to end the week, Friday's show was about the DJI Spark. Joseph took the drone down near the train tracks to show us how the panorama mode works.
Another week done. PhotoJoseph was in LA on Monday, traveling for a Panasonic meeting. He stopped just long enough, after he got off the plane and before he got picked up, to stream live and tell us about the GX80/85 kits that he found while answering a viewer's question. He was in town over night, and flew back the next morning… so if you are looking for Tuesday's Photo Moment, it got lost in the clouds on the way back. Wednesday's show, due to travel schedules, wasn't so much planned ahead of time as it was a bit of a "grab-bag" of little things that couldn't fill a solo show. On Thursday, Joseph showed us the new Lightroom LUMIX profiles for the GX8, G7, and the GX/85. And finally, Friday is now called Mevo Friday, (just so you are all aware). What started out as a normal Friday morning for Joseph outside of the studio quickly turned into something a bit more eventful. He streamed the Photo Moment from his back patio… which wasn't actually the original plan. He got the DJI Spark stuck in a tree… 40ft above a rock… which was surrounded by water… dangling by a skinny twig. Keep an eye on the PhotoJoseph YouTube Channel to see the video of us getting it back. We here at PhotoJoseph Studios hope you have a great weekend!
Everyone have a good week? It was a bit hot here… luckily we work in-doors. We started the week's Photo Moments off with the first true Monday Q&A in a long while, (If you ever have questions that you want PhotoJoseph's take on, don't hesitate to ask on either YouTube or Facebook). On Tuesday, Joseph unboxed the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K. If you don't know what that is, picture an iPad with a spot for a zoom lens on the back. We're really excited to set this up to use as the broadcast camera for the rest of the studio. We were also treated to a second show on Tuesday. Maybe you saw last week's show where Joseph talked about how he was the target of a scammer? Well, this was an update to that… and I'm not going to spoil any of it for you here. Wednesday's show was showcasing the powerful combo that is the Atomos Ninja Inferno and the GH5. If you own a GH5 and are going to use it to record video, then the Ninja Inferno should be on your wishlist. On Thursday, Joseph showed us his teleprompter setup. And finally, on Friday, Joseph took the day outside of the studio, and met up with fellow photographer Christopher Briscoe (who lives right here in Ashland) so they could sit and talk about all of the things you aren't supposed to do with drones.
For everyone in the USA, we here at PhotoJoseph Studios hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. We sure did! The Photo Moments had a very short week. We actually start with the second show from last Friday (June 30th). PhotoJoseph was out flying his drone when a simple crash sent the drone flying in a random direction, and he couldn't find it for 20 minutes, inspiring him to figure out how to locate the drone using his phone. Now fast forward to Thursday. As a part of PhotoJoseph's GH5 Training Course, he learned how to work with V-Log L. This video just scratches the surface, go to GH5Training.com to pre-order the whole course (before the price increases). And finally, on Friday, Joseph shared his experience and insight on the topic of being targeted by scammers and how to not fall victim to them. There is a very common scam used to target photographers, and Joseph decided to have some fun with it when he fell into their crosshairs.
52 weeks in a year, right? That's half the year gone already! That really went fast… but I guess that's what happens when you keep yourself busy. Following the "disaster" from last Thursday's stream, Monday's show was a take-2 on flying the drone live… Spoilers: it actually worked this time! On Tuesday, PhotoJoseph showed us the Leica LUMIX 100-400 zoom lens. Man, is that thing awesome! It's such a powerful lens… but you're probably going to watch that show more for the animal shots taken with the lens (It's okay if that's all you end up caring about). Wednesday's show was again about the DJI Spark, this time it was a tutorial on how to (and how not to) stream LIVE to a scheduled YouTube event. The normal streaming capabilities of the DJI are to just go straight to live rather than a pre-planned event, so this show is for those who like to organize. Thursday was a short "check in" from the road… literally from a car Kevin LaRue from Macphun was driving. And finally, Friday's show was broadcasted from a local park through the Mevo Event Camera, and was a "What's in my Bag" episode.
We had a light work-week while PhotoJoseph had friends in town… only three shows this week. We start on Tuesday, where PhotoJoseph waited patiently all day for a package to arrive. Did i say patiently? I meant eagerly! The package contained the DJI Spark, and it is Joseph's first drone. We now jump to Thursday, where Joseph broadcasted his maiden voyage…kind of. YouTube has the ability to record videos with multiple camera angles that you can switch between (which you should be able to do with the embedded video, you can find the camera switch in the bottom right of the interface controls). We thought that would be a good idea for this show, and it would have… except an integral part of the setup failed. Oh well. (We're going to try it again this coming Tuesday). And finally, on Friday, we had a guest! Fellow LUMIX Luminary Rob Knight Joined the Photo Moment to have a discussion on Photo Workflows on iOS vs MacOS.
It was a very informative week here at PhotoJoseph Studios. Each day was packed with information… and there was something for everyone. Monday was not a Q&A, (there were no Qs to A). Instead, Joseph showed us how to balance the Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 video head properly. Tuesday's show was a response to a viewer's question on how to use the "Snap Movie Mode" found in many of the LUMIX cameras. On Wednesday, Joseph explored minimum shutter speed and how to use it to capture motion in a still. Thursday's show was a "Behind The Photo" where PhotoJoseph talked about a series of photos he took with a crinkled aluminum background. And finally, Friday was an answer to a viewer's question concerning what gear you should take (and not take) when going on a trip.
Alright! Week 23! This year is almost half gone… Wow! Monday was a really fun stream. Apple's WWDC 2017 was live at the same time, so PhotoJoseph thought it would be a funny idea to commentate on it live, MST3K style. Were you one of the 335 people who watched it live? Because of the WWDC, we pushed the Q&A off to Tuesday, where we had only one submitted question. If you have any questions related to anything around photography or videography or live streaming, don't hesitate to ask PhotoJoseph! On Wednesday, we tested the Mevo Event Camera's ability to stream to YouTube. On Thursday, PhotoJoseph began, what will be the first in an on-going series, his rundown of lenses. And finally, on Friday, he tested the "Color Temp & Light Meter for iPhone" from Lumu Power again after they responded to the results of the first test.