Category Archives: Photography and Cinematography

Camera Equipment

I bought a new Manfrotto tripod today to do some portrait work and shoot an audition video for my daughter. I rarely use a tripod. I like to wander about when I shoot stills and I rarely shoot video. My previous tripod was a small pocketable model that I used mostly for self timed shots. It was limited by design to be light and easy to carry.
Wow. The new tripod is a huge step up. I went ahead and got a model with removable heads and put a ball pivot still camera head on it. The head has a one hand grip that releases it to move in all directions for quick adjustments. I can buy a fluid head for video work if I start getting more serious about that. For the moment, the video work is simply a head and shoulders shot.
A real camera geek candy store of gear can be found on Vincent Laforet’s gear page. It’s a tempting but enjoyable read.

Whatever Lola wants…

Some entertainment for your Friday afternoon…
I saw this on Vicent Laforet’s blog. Dan Blank made a 1950’s style movie trailer and a companion “making of” video.
When I was in high school I thought about going to film school and did some stop motion animation. Looking at what one can do now using modern digital cameras and software just blows my mind…

The Satin Dollz in “Whatever Lola Wants” from Dan Blank on Vimeo.