Lovingly crafting videos in Southeast Portland

... a Portland videographer exploring new and noteworthy ideas in the world of video production in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

My name is Abigail Spyker and I have worked with video for ten years, producing a variety of videos ranging from lifestyle documentaries to corporate promotional videos. I love working as a Portland videographer and photographer.

Topics include: filming techniques, video and motion graphics examples, design inspiration, opportunities for videographers, broadcast journalism, visual storytelling, data visualization, education, emerging technologies, and other compelling stories

 

This time, an eagle is the videographer. GoPro strapped to an eagle (by Srachi)

A Portland videographer plans to document the process of meeting the 20 Imperatives for the Living Building Challenge:
Site 1. Limits to growth  2. Urban Agriculture 3. Habitat exchange  4. Car free living
Water 5. Net zero water  6. Ecological water flow
Energy 7. Net zero energy
Health 8. Civilized environment  9. Healthy air  10. Biophilia
Materials 11. Red List  12. Embodied carbon footprint  13. Responsible industry  14. Appropriate sourcing  15. Conservation + reuse
Equity 16. Human scale + humane places  17. Democracy + social justice  18. Rights to nature
Beauty 19. Beauty + spirit  20. Inspiration + education

A Portland videographer plans to document the process of meeting the 20 Imperatives for the Living Building Challenge:

Site
1. Limits to growth
2. Urban Agriculture
3. Habitat exchange
4. Car free living

Water
5. Net zero water
6. Ecological water flow

Energy
7. Net zero energy

Health
8. Civilized environment
9. Healthy air
10. Biophilia

Materials
11. Red List
12. Embodied carbon footprint
13. Responsible industry
14. Appropriate sourcing
15. Conservation + reuse

Equity
16. Human scale + humane places
17. Democracy + social justice
18. Rights to nature

Beauty
19. Beauty + spirit
20. Inspiration + education

Videographer's 30-day Challenge (15 seconds videos)

It’s important for videographers and creative people to create personal assignments and a 30-day challenge is a great way to experience something new while still leaving space for the day-to-day projects that take up the majority of our time.

(via: jugglernorbi)

Last week I gave myself the challenge of posting a 15 second video every day for the next 30 days. 

Why 15 seconds? It is both short and long. The challenge of finding 15 seconds of interesting material to present everyday is quite a challenge, I can’t just always film a flower for 15 seconds. But at the same time it is incredibly hard to say everything you want to say in only 15 seconds…

I’m currently a week into the challenge and will be continuing throughout April, I hope you will enjoy following my short clips. They are all on my Vimeo page and I have even placed them all in one album, here.

You can also follow along with a lot of extra added details, on my other Tumblr: 15430.tumblr.com

Videographer reveals dancing fluid as art … finding the extraordinary in the ordinary (ordinary, so long as ferrofluid is a household name for you).

via: solsticeretouch:

Dancing Fluids Look Like A Work Of Art

Fluids that dance in such a way that it leaves you completely hypnotized, especially set to beautiful music. 

Like a music video for the scientifically minded, the short film below explores the unusual world of ferrofluid, a liquid which acts a lot like a gelatinous magnet. The second installment in an ongoing series of experiments, the film was made by Singapore based photographer/videographer Afiq Omar, who edited it with a distinctly dark and rhythmic style that’s as intriguing as it is creepy. Omar’s goal was to create something using ‘analog’ effects, so what you see here uses few modifications after shooting, showing the utter weirdness of his subject material and his talent as a videographer.

[Via Source]

As a videographer, there are few things I like more than instant gratification and compressing time.  So this video of 1 year in 40 seconds is pretty killer!

colide81:

One year in 40 seconds (by Eirik Solheim)

10 Key Tips To Becoming A Successful Video Freelancer

Great article with tips for videographers, editors and other freelancers in the video field

Videographer Tips: The Five Shot Rule Helps You Shoot Video Like a Pro

Seasoned videographers and newcomers to capturing events on video—say, if you want to be a video journalist or a documentarian—you should familiarize with Michael Rosenbaum’s “five shot” method.

This videographer and producer shares a video he produced for teens4good, a Philadelphia-based group that works to convert vacant lots into urban gardens.

via: pjroane:

My lil brother 

Philadelphia
 
I have worked as a freelance videographer and producer for 4 years, filming and producing promotional and educational pieces for Los Quinchos and the Chicheli Project in Nicaragua, UNIFAT School in Northern Uganda, Bridges to community based out of New York, and The Federation of Neighborhood Centers in Philadelphia. In addition I have taught basic video classes for youth at Los Quinchos and supported students through the process of documentary production at the Brown Ledge Gap Year.

HDR Video Demonstration Using Two Canon 5D mark II's from Soviet Montage on Vimeo.

Check out our iPhone app for HDR video: http://getflare.com

This video highlights several clips we've made using our new High Dynamic Range (HDR) process. Video is captured on two Canon 5D mark II DSLRs, each capturing the exact same subject via a beam splitter. The cameras are configured so that they record different exposure values, e.g., one camera is overexposed, the other underexposed. After the footage has been recorded, we use a variety of HDR processing tools to combine the video from the two cameras, yielding the clips you see above.

HDR Video provides filmmakers with many exciting new opportunities. Not only can HDR video create interesting effects, it can also allow for even exposure where artificial lighting is unavailable or impractical. For example, when a subject is backlit, one camera could be set to properly expose the subject, the other the sky, resulting in video with perfect exposure throughout.

We will continue to develop and improve the HDR video process for better results and efficiency. For more information, check out our website
www.sovietmontage.com
http://twitter.com/sovietmontage
http://www.facebook.com/sovietmontage

Music
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Opus 40, Number 9
Performed by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed Under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"

HDR Video Example

The ability to record video in high dynamic range opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to post-production.  With all the detailed highlight and shadow information…. beautifully detailed videos can be achieved under any lighting condition.  This sample video is great, and just begins to touch on what’s possible with HDR video in post-production.

Just gotta pick up a beam splitter and I’ll be on my way.

video by Soviet Montage

HD video through the lens of a DSLR - The Journey Begins

As a professional videographer and photographer in Portland, Oregon, and someone who already owns two DSLR cameras and a plethora of lenses… the benefits of going HD via DSLR are obvious.

In addition to the obvious cost and size factors, SLR’s low depth of field ability and all the focal lengths you could dream of are major reasons to shoot HD video with a DSLR.

Today, in my first Tumblr post ever, I pose this question:

How do I produce professional quality high definition videos with my digital SLR camera?

I know Canon + DSLR = happy HD videographer, but … my grandpa gave me my first camera decades ago; it was a Nikkormat (that’s right - pre Nikon).  Every camera and lens I own is Nikon including two fairly new cameras that both shoot HD video.

The fact that most (if not all)  Nikon DLSRs have no audio input ports poses a significant challenge for professional videographers looking to move from SD to HD without shelling out big bucks for a new HD video camera or downgrading to a consumer-level HD camera.

According to PF Bentley, it’s not that difficult.  While learning from PF directly is priceless (I speak from experience), I didn’t have to dig long to find just the gear list I was looking for. (Thanks, PF!)

Confession time…
I first asked this question more than a year ago; and while I’m well on my way to answering it … I hope sharing my experience on this site will motivate me to not just answer the question, but also to test it for myself and post my results here.  Let the fun begin!