Category Archives: Video

Terms of Service

These are the basic terms of my photographic services:

  1. I retain copyright to all photographs that I produce.
  2. I assign rights of use for photographs I produce to the client for editorial, informational and marketing purposes.
  3. Client agrees to destroy all copies of the photographs when the agreed upon period of use terminates.
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Interview Video

Part of the craziness of my March was taking on new business opportunities. One such was shooting an interview video for a real estate client – Lourdes Norton of Twin Realty Group.

The concept was an introduction video for herself and the services she offers – residential real estate in Austin focusing on relocations. My plan was to intersperse photo/video of Austin with her clips and overlay the audio. It turned out to be harder than I anticipated to get the photos/videos I wanted – largely due to weather – but I managed a finished product.

Enjoy!

Also posted in Real Estate

Mopac Bridge

Today, I did this:

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Then I drove across the Mopac Bridge, hopefully filming the view of downtown Austin across the Colorado River. The raw footage is processing right now. We shall see…

 

UPDATE:

Looks like I need better stabilization for my camera rig. Much better. If you care to watch, I am attaching the video. It’s about 20 secs long. I applied some YouTube stabilization on top of that in iMovie so the quality took a big hit.

Other than fixing the shake I need more control on the angle. I’ll probably end up having a driver while I control the camera. Promising results, though.

Also posted in Photography

9201 Silver Pine Cv

This past week I shot a lifestyle video for a real estate listing in Westlake. After consulting with the client I wrote up a basic story board and hired some local talent (thank you Kacey and Kareem). I’ve been wanting a slider for a while now and the fact that the two available locally for rent were not actually available on the day I needed them was a good excuse for some new equipment. It took about 5 hours with a few short follow ups to get the footage I needed. And the result is: a happy client and this video –

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Last minute video

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Last week I was hired by HR Block to photograph their town hall convention here in Austin. The job came to me last minute as they scrambled to find an available photographer. The job was straight forward enough and I was open so no problem with the short notice. But when the client called the day before the convention to ask if I could shoot video as well, that seemed a bit iffy.

After making sure that they knew I couldn’t promise anything spectacular I decided to bring what gear I had – a Nikon D7000 and an ME-1 mic – and shoot what I could. After a few hours of your typical convention shots the attendees broke into small groups for some marketing strategizing. While they were doing this, I was to have a helper pull random individuals for testimonial video. Nothing went quite as planned – I got myself set up but no helper was to be found. With no one even wandering the halls, I ended up twiddling my thumbs for a while. On the plus side, I had plenty of time to get my meager gear set. While I wouldn’t recommend this set up to anyone, it ended up doing the job well enough.

When my helper finally arrived and began wrangling people I was ready to go. Instead of testimonials, though, I got ‘This is what I learned/taught today’. And since everyone learned/taught the same thing, I got 8 people telling me the same thing in slightly different ways. Still, if this was what they wanted, who was I to argue?

Only no one seemed to know exactly what they wanted. Apparently the video had been requested by someone other than the person responsible for hiring and directing me. That person had failed to pass along anything other than a general concept of ‘Testimonials’. And since that person ended up being my helper and asking people to answer a question that was not quite testimonial, I didn’t bother questioning the change in tactic.

So I ended up with a few minutes of video with 8 different people answering the question of what they taught/learned that day at the convention – all of which was pretty much the same. After editing and transmitting the pictures, I found out that my contact had no idea what I was supposed to do with these video files. He asked me to go ahead and edit them into a short video – with no direction other than a bare concept that had changed at the last second. Wonderful.

Turns out I really enjoy editing video. Even poor quality video with little to no direction from the client. I spent a few hours playing with iMovie and YouTube audio files and eventually ended up with something passable. I sent it on to the my contact and he approved. I admit, I was surprised. I expected at least a few edits. I guess since no one really knew what the finished product should be that what I sent was as good as anything. And, really, it’s  not that bad.

Well, at least I had fun producing it. And despite this little video snafu, these people were pretty fun to work with.

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Sunrise over Austin

Today I made my first attempt at a 15-hour time lapse sequence of downtown Austin. I stationed myself at Lou Neff Point in Zilker Park at 5:45am. I shot the first frame at 6am. The plan was to continue through sunset to full dark – about 9pm – but too many clouds rolled in and I called it off at 8:45am. Still, I captured a fantastic sunrise over downtown Austin and the Colorado River. I plan on trying again tomorrow. Here’s what I did today (click here for YouTube video) –

Also posted in Photography, Travel

Mueller Sunset time lapse

I just completed my first time lapse attempt. I’ve tested out the settings before, but never really tried capturing an interesting subject.

Mueller has several nice views of downtown. This one is from the top of the parking garage at the Thinkery. I tried a sunset series to practice for an upcoming job – sunrise to sunset at Lou Neff Point – 15 hours of time lapse for use in the Colorado River Alliance’s traveling display on river use in Central Texas.

This is not the best example of time lapse – but I am fairly happy with it as a first attempt. I need to handle the flicker, but I haven’t found the proper software for that yet. Probably need to invest in some heavier software.

Anyway, hope you enjoy.

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Video – 506 Black Wolf

Here’s my latest attempt at a real estate video. After taking the winter season off I’m trying to get myself back into the video work. Hopefully this leads to more.

506 Black Wolf Run

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Video – 6509 Soter Parkway

A week or two ago I photographed a listing for an agent over in the Regent Hills area off Southwest Parkway. These are some very nice homes and this particular listing lived up to my expectations. I had a great time shooting it and spoke to the agent afterwards about the possibility of returning for some video work. Last Thursday, we made it happen. Here is the result. Hope you enjoy!

6509 Soter Parkway video

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I went out yesterday and shot some test video. I wanted to see if I could attach my camera to my bike and get some useable footage. These are the results.

http://youtu.be/kimqklz75vM

I’m fairly pleased. Now I just need to figure out how to use it and also get creative.