When the a7S was released just over a year ago, it completely shook up the photo-video industry. I was there at NAB 2014 for the surprise announcement.  Artists like myself and my friends were now going to be able to record still photographs and video footage in almost complete darkness – even with kit lenses!  The hype at the […]

I looked it up, the United States has faced 178 weather and climate disasters since 1980 according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.  These 178 severe enough weather events to be classified as climate disasters have inflicted more than $1 trillion in directly measurable economic costs, and have been accompanied by incalculable costs in human suffering. […]

The Sony A7R II introduction at Samy’s Camera in Los Angeles, California on August 22, 2015 was a couple of weeks after the A7R II introduction launch held in New York City on August 5th.  From what I saw of the postings, Brian Smith did his usual exemplary job of sharing what he knew about the […]

FAIR USE AND ONLINE VIDEO Contrary to popular belief, United States Copyright and Patent Laws were not put into place to protect creators; they were an attempt to legislate creators to share some rights in their creations with others. The cultural value of copying is so well established that the United States Congress has written it […]

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. And from the air, DJI was kind enough to fly this same location, and produced this: Legend has it that Archimedes used a “burning glass” to concentrate sunlight on the invading Roman fleet and repel them from Syracuse. In 1973 a Greek scientist, Dr. Ioannis Sakkas, curious about whether Archimedes […]

  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 […]

Standin’ on a Corner from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. The footage isn’t pretty, it needs better stabilization or a more steady hand than mine at the time.  Stabilization is something the A7R doesn’t come with and neither does the 55mm f/1.8 lens.  Software stabilization for long clips is hit and miss also at times.  As someone […]

  Great story, client with low production budget, good but public shooting location, no lights, crew or assistants?  I grabbed my Panasonic GH3, and Panasonic’s fantastic 12-35mm f/2.8 Lumix zoom, and went for it. The Panasonic GH3 is a fine video camera for a lone storyteller. All of this footage I used in this movie […]

Today, hundreds of thousands of photographs will not be taken.  The US Congress has declared war on landscape photographers.  Thousands of locations are now posted:OFF LIMITS.  Across the country, vacations, that dreamed of and earned respite from a year’s toil, are being collectively ruined. People who actually work for a living and do their jobs […]

Samy’s Camera did a special interview with Peter Fetterman on the opening of the Salgado Genesis show I previously reported on here: http://thecameraforum.com/sebastiao-salgado-genesis/   The following is from a Samys Camera PR Release.  It is an interview with gallery owner Peter Fetterman on his long relationship representing Salgado, and the latest work Genesis reported by Debbie […]

Skateboarding was first started in the 1950s, shortly after I was born.  All across California surfers got the idea of trying to surf the streets. No one really knows who made the first board — instead, it seems that several people came up with similar ideas about the same time.  While several people have claimed to […]