Out of the box, I am amazed.  Plug it in, mount and format a new SSD cartridge, connect the cable.  Fiddle a bit searching the nasty Sony Menu system to finally figure out the A7S will only output 4k UHD over the HDMI port if you have it set to MOVIE mode on the top dial.  Manual doesn’t […]

Life At A Snail’s Pace – Final from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. It is amazing what inspirational stories you can find to tell right from your own backyard. This short film actually started life as a macro still lens test, not a video. I wanted a macro still of the tiny bright red flowers Springtime always brings to […]

For regular all around shooting, I find the Contax Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Planar to be a bit too long for my video tastes. I have not spent nearly the time shooting this tight of a lens as I have with wider angle lenses.  On my other hybrid storyteller hand, for still portrait work the Contax Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Planar […]

Black Friday was for much more than just shopping at Venice Beach November 29th, 2014. It was a crazy stoner kind of Friday late afternoon, so typical of Venice and its Endless Summer… and just perfect for a stroll with the Sony A7S fitted with the FE 50mm f/1.8.  The more I use this combination, […]

Dia de los Muertos 2014 from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead 2014. One of the great things about the Sony A7S is the grading ability using Sony’s S-log2 profile and the flexibility it provides. While it is impossible to get our Sony NEX-5N footage to match the A7S, […]

  Boney Island visionary creator Rick Polizzi  doesn’t like to be scared.  Neither do his two daughters.  In his own words, “I’m basically a chicken and I have raised two chickens.”  Unfortunately, when it came to Halloween entertainment for children in the Los Angeles area back in 1997 there were pretty slim pickings that didn’t scare. So […]

One of the oldest memorial parks in Los Angeles, Hollywood Forever  was founded in 1899, and rapidly became an integral part of the growth (and deaths) of early Hollywood. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Hollywood’s great studio pioneers, as well as writers, directors, and performers. The annual Dia de Los Muertos Festival […]

Other People’s Money from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. One of my clients is the LA band “Cats With Class.”  I guess you could say I sort of live with this band, since my wife Suzanne is one of the band members.  Suzanne wrote and sings this original work “Other People’s Money” in a secret Burbank, CA […]

When you’re always on the lookout for good photojournalism styled documentary stories as I am, you never know when or where a story is liable to happen.  The best you can do is be ready, and jump when you see the scene setting into place.  Never leave home without a camera, always have the camera battery fully […]

AeroDrome from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. Some may think me a dinosaur when I express a preference for working with a manually focused lens.  When I started in photography there weren’t any autofocus cameras, so everybody either learned to use manual focus or learned to live with blurry snapshots.  Over the years, many thousands of photographs […]