Back from the West Coast!

Hello all you photo and film geeks out in the world.

Just back in Toronto from the West Coast of Canada and USA. I’ve got a lot of good stuff coming your way including some more “make your photography look less bad” and a bit of an introduction to time lapse photography. I’ve been really trying to up my time lapse game as they can be really fun to make I find (once you get all the frustrating bits under control).

Here’s a screen grab from one of the Time Lapses on the Sea to Sky Highway from Kamloops to Whistler, BC. (PS we’ve got some GCM films in the works as well!)

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Portrait Study 25 March 2014

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Lighting study I completed this week. I wanted to deviate from the usual portrait style of Key Light, Back and Fill and came up with this concept. The subject Scott Williams (an excellent photographer in his own right) did a wonderful job of fitting the mood of the design. I used a slight grey-ish blue finish and high contrasts with a bump in clarity in Lightroom. You can find the lighting design below along with the camera specs.

Happy shooting,

Sean G. Marjoram
http://www.seangm.com

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Prism Prize Short List!

Prism Prize Short List!

Hey Geeks,

Check out the top Canadian produced music videos from amazing Directors like Emily Kai Bock and Lee Skinner (he happens to be a friend of ours here at Geek Collateral). I had the pleasure of shooting “Kathy Lee” for Lee last year and can say I’m quite happy with landing on the shortlist beside Arcade Fire, Shad and Young Galaxy and the rest of the big hitters on the list.

Sean

Stop Motion Study

Hey all you film and animation geeks,

I whipped out the 5D Mark II and set up a pretty simple stop-motion study piece. Took out the markers and started playing around with how different letters were coming into the piece, starting new letters while other letters were completing, how many frames it took to complete a letter that looked good translating into the animation.

I shot in Canon RAW (the latest version), so I had more to work with for adjustments with flat colour and contrast profile in-camera. After capturing the images I imported them into Lightroom. From Lightroom, I colour graded and cropped to a 16:9 aspect and synchronized all of the still photos then exported HQ jpegs with a sequence number (so it’s easier for Premiere to recognize the image sequence). Next, I opened up Premiere and made a new project (I’m going to pass on explaining scratch disks, file management, and basic CS6 workflow. There are a lot of tutorials already out there LMGTFY.) but I built a 1080p, 12-frames-per-second timeline (to match my pre-vis timing). I then imported the processed jpeg images as an image sequence by using the import dialogue box in Premiere. I had to tell Premiere to interpret the footage as 12FPS (the default is 24) so that it displayed at the correct speed upon playback. Added some fades and music and here’s the final study piece. Stay tuned as I roll out some comparison footage from my brand new Atomos Ninja 2 recorder!