Color Grading with DaVinci Resolve

I mentioned a while back on the JHP Facebook page that I had purchased a Dell Precision T7400 workstation and have been messing around with Windows 7 a little bit. One of the main reasons why I did this is because I wanted to run DaVinci Resolve, but a Mac that you can stick a decent graphics card in is stupid expensive. The Dell is in it's infancy, but I have been grading a few samples with it. Below is some footage that I shot last spring in Sheboygan, WI. Nothing fantastic, but you can see the power that comes with using a dedicated grading package like Resolve. The first video is a before/after split and the second one is the graded footage. You can see that I over exposed some of the shots, but the end result shows some of that sky detail pulled back.

More to come. -J.H.

#2012

Jeez, just over a week-anda-half overdo with my new years post. I will forgo the traditional "Year in Review" type list, if you're interested in that type of thing, let me know in the comments and I can point you to a dozen or so blogs that did this really well in 2011. It's not that I have been too busy write or that nothing interesting to write about, I have had plenty of both, I've just taken a bit of a break from posting over the holidays.

Normally, I would be super busy this time of year documenting the Midwest  snowboard scene, but we have had an absolutely horrible winter this year. No snow, temps in the 40s and 50s.

That's not to say that I have been twiddling my thumbs, I'm actually feeling pretty productive over the last month.

I helped work out a new look for THETEAMLAB.COM. The season has been rough, and it feels good to freshen up the look of the site, even if it's pretty young.

I unloaded a bunch of gear that has just been setting around. The stress of constant travel and perpetually moving around this year has meant downsizing considerably. I just packed up and shipped off a bunch of stuff this week and I have another set of listings ready to go in a few days. Most of the big ticket items are gone, but check my listings HERE. Lots of odds and ends, books, random photo, video, audio and production gear.

That reminds me, I finally got around to finishing the gear section on JOSEPHHORVATH.COM. Lots of links and reviews in the que, set to launch next week. Check it out HERE.

While we're still talking about gear, I've managed to fit a few new pieces into the budget. I'm building up a Nikon based HDSLR rig, shooting lots of tests and even a couple jobs with it. God, it is good to get away from shooting HDV, I've shot 10x as much stuff in the last month than I did all last year. I promise there will be a series of posts describing my rig in sickening detail. Yay.

Of course, Nikon has insisted on castrating there dslr's video functionality. If only there was a Stu Maschwitz who shoots on Nikon, wielding enough influence to give us proper exposure control and whatnot. Oh wait, Nikon Just released THIS, maybe Nikon is on the right path.

I've also picked up another copy of the SIGMA EX 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5, I swore I wouldn't touch SIGMA again, but it was a really good deal and has turned out to be a wonderfully sharp lens (this copy on my bodies, click HERE if you don't understand what I'm talking about). Lens tests are pretty much meaningless but I will probably post one anyway in the future.

 

Other than that, I have about 100 other partially finished projects, design tantrums, etc. to talk about in the future. No promises, but hopefully I will have something to show soon.

 

 

Hoofer Rail Jam

Oh man, this event happened almost a month ago now. (Un)Fortunately, I have been busy enough this month that I have not really had time to make many posts here on the blog. The Hoofer Jam has been around for a couple years now, and it has been on my list of things to go see, but I always seem to have something or other come up that gets in the way. This year it fell on the Thursday before the O2 Gearshop railjam but a few guys that I know were planning on heading down, so I packed up a couple of bags and made the trip down.

The folks from Galvanic Designs really know how to host an event and the setup was pretty sweet. I was unable to get in touch with anybody from the event before hand, so I was hoping to get in and set up my lights without getting the boot.

As it happened, there were about a dozen people there shooting stills and video, so it wasn't even an issue.

Here is a selection of images from the night.

Jory Prather On Forum and Special Blend!

I just received word this week that theteamlab.com rider and my good friend Jory Prather is officially riding for Forum Snowboards and Special Blend this year. This is pretty awesome, not only is Jory a great guy but he is definitely one of the hardest working guys that I know.

Way to go Jory, in honor if all your hard work lets take a look at some of the banger shots we got from last year. Check out more about Jory and the rest of the TeamLab team HERE.

Industry Tape

Just discovered this product this morning, I can honestly say that I have never been this excited about tape before, and I consider myself a tape guy. Seriously, what is not to like about this? single sided, double sided, different adhesive strengths, tears easily, 90 degree tears (yes!) high tensile strength, re-positionable, comes in many colors and styles including clear. Of course, this is all just from the Industry Tape site, but several heavy hitters have unofficially endorsed this stuff already.

I'm gonna order a couple roles this afternoon. This is a bit more expensive then the normal, run of the mill gaff that you can pick up online, but keep in mind that you will probably end up using less of this stuff. How many wads of tape do you throw away because it folded over on itself? Literally money in the trash.

If this stuff lives up to the hype it could be a game changer. Seriously. Tape. A game changer.

Affordable storage

I recently was in the market for an option to expand my photo storage. I last purchased hard drives back in October of last year, the problem is that I have generated more than a terabyte since then and I am stuffing files into any place that they will fit. My original plan was to build server dedicated to photo storage but as it turns out, there are a couple of problems with going that direction. First, servers don't travel well, duh. There are several options for desktop servers or raid arrays, the problem with see is that they are either expensive, or unreliable. In practice, I have found that raids are not especially effective if the size of the array is small enough that you could use a single drive with the same capacity. You can talk all you want about drobos or any of the other desktop arrays, but the chance of hardware malfunction or software bug makes them more prone to failure then using a pair separate drives in a manual mirror configuration. The real advantage of a server or raid array is to boost transfer speed or capacity, if you are not using them that way, then you are just adding unnecessary complexity. So I was looking for a pair of large drives. The requirements were they had to be at least 1.5th each and had to have a fw800 port. There are not a lot of drives in this category. Most of the newer ones have replaced the FireWire ports with USB 3.0. Lacie and G-tech both make great drives, the cost i s pretty high. I have used drives from both companies in the past, but I was looking for a more affordable option.

Enter the Western Digital My Book Studio. 2tb, FireWire 800, oh yeah and $130 each. They have gotten pretty good reviews online. I ordered two of they and they should be here on Thursday. I will let you know how they work.

- Posted from my iPad

Printing Coasters

A few months ago I was asked to teach a demo on screen printing at Western Technical College in LaCrosse where I recently graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. Naturally, I was super excited by the opportunity.  I spent many hours screening shirts in high school and it's where my interest in the graphic arts began. Of course, back then we were using like Photoshop 3 or something like that and the Motorola Razr was the phone to have, but I have always had a soft spot for the analog processes like silk screening. In fact, it has been quite a while since I have actually printed anything. At the time I had just designed the brand identity that you see across this site, the cornerstone being a one color logo that could be implemented easily across a variety of mediums with ease. One of the sort of silly uses that I had worked on was a paper drink coaster. I had planed on digitally printing them, but since I was doing the screen set up anyway, I figured that I would do a batch of them this way for the demo.

I printed them scraps of photo matte, I suppose you could print them on art board but it would cost a bit more, my materials were free.

The idea was to learn how to print with minimal expense, so I decided to forgo things like hinge clamps and vacuum hold down. We even printed with a home-made water based ink, a total diy attitude. Because of this simplified process,  the finishing  required a little more effort, all the outer edges were trimmed by hand.

After hand cutting the outer edges of each blank, the guillotine cutter slices them into neat stacks of coasters in seconds.

Part of the screen printing aesthetic is the slightly imperfect results.

I did a few stacks each of white and natural stock, total cost is around $0.06 per coaster.