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The Coast – Clips from Newquay

Got back from Newquay, Cornwall and took the Panasonic Lumix GX80 with me. So far I really like the handling for a travel camera, small enough to carry around all day and very unassuming. But perhaps the best feature, which makes this my preferred travel camera, is the ability to charge it from a standard micro-usb …

Punchy Grading Test

Another trip down to Dorset, a good opportunity to shoot some more clips on the Panasonic GX80. I tested out quite a few image profile and setting tweaks to maximise dynamic range and found out that the playing with the iDynamic and Shadow/Highlight options didn’t really help with extending latitude and made the tonal curve more …

A7RII – Trying more image settings at Lunch

Trying out s-log settings for high saturation, perhaps it’s s-gamut colour mode that was washing things out. This was graded in After Effects but I also tried out DaVinci Resolve for the first time and it’s really nice to use, particularly being able to use the scopes. It’s an unbelievable free tool! The GH4 is …

Sony A7R II [Brain Dump]

I love the panasonic GH4 and Canon 5D series and am hoping the Sony A7R II can be both in a relatively compact package. I bought the camera a few days ago from Park Camera’s London (really helpful guys), taking advantage of their Metabone’s offer, getting the EF-E adapter for £100. I popped out at …

GH4 Low Light Test

Got the GH4! And so far I’m very happy with it. 4K video is sharp and there are is a huge amount of flexibility when it comes to image profile adjustments. Almost too much 🙂 Seems like a balance of achieving a flat image for grading without getting too flat as to loose fidelity in …

Tiny Panasonic GM1

Trying out the GM1’s video with the compact kit 12-32mm lens. Pretty amazing tech crammed into a tiny lil camera. Here are a few of the stills I’ve taken so far with the kit lens, the Lumix 20mm 1.7 and a Fujian 35mm 1.7 cctv lens. So far I’m really impressed with the quality of …

Morphium Sighting

Working over the weekend prompted a little timelapse experiment with a sigma 8mm on a 5D, allowing for 180 degrees FOV. Which makes a great environment map to some 3D experimentation. Here’s the footage from the camera:

Video stitching a large sensor

Been playing about with Microsoft ICE (free image stitching program) which has a fantastic ‘video stitch’ feature that allows you to create panoramas by waving your camera about when capturing video, I’ve also found it very useful for quickly capturing a wide FOV with a long telephoto lens, giving the effect of a much larger …

London World

Trying out the Photoshop ‘polar coordinates’ distortion filter to wrap a 360 degree panarama taken from the top of St. Pauls. Flickr page>>

Canon 550D / t2i Workshop Test

A quick test of the Canon 550D video mode. Cut and Graded in After Effects, footage stabilised in Virtual Dub with DeShaker plugin. I’m amazed by the video performance of the camera it’s definitely up there with the 5D/7D for video and the price makes it even more of a steal. I’ve tried it on …