More to come. - J.H.
I haven't written a technical post in quite a while. This is mostly because I haven't really been on the gear hunt that much lately. One new thing that I have been using is these Petrol semi-hard cases. I have been using these for about 6 months now, and I have been pretty impressed with the quality. Lighting cases are an expensive investment, and sometimes it is hard to stomach the additional cost of purchasing a good case when you have just dropped several hundred to several thousand dollars on lights. Here I will tell you how I chose my cases and why cheaper isn't always better.
I spent a fair bit of time looking at different options, but in the end I chose some cases from Petrol Bags.
The PCAB-2R is designed for carrying audio gear on set. It is an affordable, semi-rigid roller bag with configurable padding and a tough exterior. I have been using this bag to carry a set of Nikon prime lenses that have been converted for video use, as well as a base video package. This isn't a large case, but it holds 6 lenses, a follow focus, base plate, cage, rails, a small led light, matte box, a full set of 4" ND's, a set of lav. mics, 6" monitor, and a few other little bits with ease. The pads are some of the better made that I have seen, with this much stuff in one case, that protection is important. Really, the only other option in this category would be Pelican. This case costs about half what a comparable Pelican roller would have, and it has better padding to boot. Unless you fly a lot, I would go with the Petrol.
Another thing that I really like about this case is that the interior is bright orange. This is a big deal when you are trying to find stuff at night or on a dimly lit set. I am working on a full blown post about this bag and what gear is in it. I will have more photos and words about it in a week or so.
The other bag in the picture is the PL2004 Deca. This bag comes in a few different sizes, and you will definitely want to get the large size. The photo above is from back in May, and I have crammed a bit more into the case since then. Currently, I have 2 norman 808m packs, 4 heads, 5" reflectors, speed rings, a large and a medium softbox, the power cords, sync cords, tape, super clamps, A clamps, and a few sheets of gel in there. It is pretty much a small studio in a single case. Again, the interior is bright orange, and the dividers are nice and sturdy. My case came with a free dolly rig that I would recommend getting as well, even if you have to pay for it. Repeatedly lifting 100lb+ cases gets old really quickly.
The only thing that I don't like is about this case, is that it is only about 34" long. While the specs say that it can hold 4 light stands, the shortest ones that I own are about 38". If you want to pack your stands and lights in a single case you will probably need to look elsewhere. I will am hoping to write up a little post on this bag as well, with some more detailed pictures. Call it 2 weeks out on that post.
The positive thing about these is that a quality bag can last you through several sets of lighting gear. Also, a well packed bag will pay for itself in both time and money pretty quickly. The sort of things that you put in these bags are usually quite expensive, even a broken bulb can cost you over $100. Add that to the the time and money that your production loses when you have an equipment failure, and it becomes a little easier to justify the expense
Both of these bags are sturdy enough that you can store your gear in them as well. This means that your stuff is always packed and ready to go at a moments notice. It is easy to know exactly what you have packed because everything is in a single bag, there is nothing that can be accidentally left behind.
More to come. -J.H.
I have spent a ridiculous amount of time on the water this summer, shooting stuff for several wake related companies and athletes. For whatever reason, I haven't really posted many of the results here.
I started the summer with a huge list of stuff to shoot, the challenge is getting all of those boxes checked with out making it seem to much like work. Shooting in the water is... difficult and time consuming. Shooting backwards out of the boat is the simple way, but yields bland results. Boat to boat shooting is, again, very time consuming.
What we decided to do was make sure that we spent at least one day each week that was dedicated to serious shooting, traditionally Tuesdays. Wake Tuesdays was born.
Of course, there is a lot that is still under wraps until it gets used, but I thought I would share a few that were floating around on my desktop.
The boat is in storage already, so days on the water are limited this time of year, make it happen while you still can.
More to come. -J.H.
A lot of stuff is coming through the pipes right now. It seams like I just wrote a blog post yesterday, but it has already been over two weeks since the last post. I have made a bad habit of saying things like "more to come" or "much more soon" at the end of posts, so much so that it has almost become a sign off of sorts. There is, in fact, a very valid reason for this. In the last year I have been able to work on quite a few longer term project and larger scale jobs. I am really excited to be doing this type of work, but there has been a bit of a learning curve about how to share some of this stuff. On personal work or on a portrait session for instance, the whole project is done within a couple of days and I can pretty much post about it whenever I want, but some of this recent stuff has taken weeks to complete and I may even have to wait longer until I can talk about it.
I don't want you guys to think that I have been neglecting this blog, it has truly been a wonderfully busy spring, so I have put together a summery of the recent projects that are on the way out. Hopefully I can put together a couple of more in-depth posts on some of these subjects in the near future, but for now, here are some screen captures and words.
I've been in crazy deadline mode with THETEAMLAB.COM stuff for the past month or so. We are far from letting the poor winter dampen our spirits and are forging ahead with plans for the 12-13 season.
We have been fortunate enough to have the help of three talented marketing experts this spring on sorting out how to best promote the team for the new season (Def. more on this later). And it has pretty much been a swift kick in the ass in getting things rolling. If you check out the facebook page you will notice a lot of new stuff going on including a fresh new look provided by yours truly and a 365 fan photo project.
I am also pleased to announce that The Teamlab now has an official Twitter account (@team_lab) so you can be connected to team news wherever you go. Make sure to follow, ya hear?
As of right now, THETEAMLAB.COM is the same as it was all year, but there will be big changes coming within a week, so make sure to check it everyday.
I have also been logging lots of hours of video with various Teamlab members and staff. You can see a screen shot of the timeline for one of the projects we are working on above. I hate to make you wait to any longer for this one, because it is really exciting, but at least I have a date of release: June 30 will be an awesome day if you follow THETEAMLAB.COM.
Finally, I also shot a set of images for a magazine article coming up, I can't say any more than that at the moment.
In the midst of all The Teamlab stuff, I got to shoot a few portrait session in the past month. I posted a few more images on the JHP Facebook page so you can check there for more on that front.
Around Easter I shot a three minute sequence in Sheboygan down at the beach. Above is a screen shot from the first edit that I did. Since then, I have finished everything but the final grade. I am hoping that this will be one of several shorts that I will be working on over the summer, not client here, just working on different ideas.
Tomorrow begins the Lacrosse Fitness Festival. I am planning to shoot the hill climb tomorrow and the crit on Sunday. Hopefully I will see some of you around this weekend.
Monday is the Western Technical College GD Portfolio Review. I will be there to hang out and talk with some of the new grads. Try to make it out if you can, there is always a bunch of cool student work on display.
More to come. -J.H.