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Friday, 29 March 2013

Get Out, Be Creative.

My photography and video workshops take me all over the UK with Calumet.

What strikes me all to often is that we are all so busy doing what we do, that when it comes to putting in some extra hours taking skills to the next level many are not making that time.

In this day and age it is important to be current modern and developing, because more changes in the industry are coming, I can see that.

Now maybe living and breathing what you do is not everyones cup of tea, maybe just maybe it is not required, however my advice is to do some pushups from time to time.

I don't mean hit the gym, more go out with no preconceived idea of what you wish to take and experiment. grab a long lens and do some street photography, I don't mean spy on your neighbour, one step leads to another that is my way of thinking.

This weekend I am at Oulton Park with British GT's which if you are not familiar with this racing is exotic cars like the Ferrari 458, McLaren MP4 , Mercedes SLS, BMW Z4, Nissan GTR and so on. 

It is a packed grid, more to come.

Enjoy Easter

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Hands on with the Canon EOS C300 Pro cini recorder.

Got my hands on the C300 yesterday, Canon describe it as a ground-breaking professional cine camera.

I was initially thinking how long will it take me to get to grips with this new piece of kit which surprisingly was not overly complicated. Granted there was someone on hand to show me the basics.

Canon EOS C300

Like with any new technology once you get a few results the confidence to push on is there.

Having looked over the specs I thought I may notice some extra weight but its design and the hand strap with lens did not feel much greater than a 1DX, now it may be but it didn't feel it.

After the quick induction its a case of working through the quick start manual and some button pressing.

One thing I did notice and liked was the 3 inbuilt ND grads, 2, 4 and 6 stop, if you want to keep a hold of the shallow depth of field using wide open f-stops in good light this will come in very useful.

ISO range goes up to 20,000 which looks plenty, setting a custom white balance is even easier than with your Canon DSLR.

By holding the custom white balance button then fill the frame with your grey card the camera will work it out for you and set accordingly, that's it done. Seems too easy and it is, seconds.

The camera has complex functions that I never even close to getting into but can you get to grips with it Yes, is it user friendly Yes.

I was just getting started... more to come

Sunday, 24 March 2013

VIDEO "200mph and Up" from the Goodwood Preview Day.

2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed Preview day was an opportunity for invited guests and media to get up close to some of the cars and attractions for the main event to run 12-14th July.

Featured in this video are detailed and close up shots of a McLaren F1 car, Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans and the McLaren MP4-12C Special edition Can Am.

This video is the combined files of the three previous Blog posts where you can see how the individual edits were processed and then modified for this final file.

All video content was shot on the Canon 1DX with some shots using the Canon 5Dii.

If you are interested in learning how to shoot video using the latest DSLR camera's visit www.calumetphoto.co.uk who list my workshops nationally or contact me direct at www.jasonharry.com

Saturday, 23 March 2013

VIDEO McLaren F1 Car at Goodwood Media Day 2013

Goodwood Festival of Speed Preview Day Video Part 3

McLaren displayed one of their F1 cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed preview day outside the main house.

This will the opening sequence for my Goodwood Festival of Speed video titled  "200mph and Up."

McLaren will be at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, already confirmed are another six F1 teams with all cars running the hill.

F1 Teams confirmed attending are Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, Lotus, Caterham, Marussia and McLaren.

McLaren’s road car division will also show its P1 hypercar in action in front of over 185,000 spectators over the weekend.

The Final video can be viewed here.

VIDEO McLaren MP4-12C Can Am special Edition at Goodwood Media day 2013

Goodwood Festival of Speed Preview Day Video Part 2

The McLaren MP4-12C Can Am special edition attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed Preview day earlier this week.

Heavily influenced by the MP4-12C GT3 race car, the MP4-12C Can-Am Edition has been developed by McLaren GT, the new subdivision of the automaker specializing in developing race cars. It features a wide body kit, fully complemented by a carbon fiber splitter, dive planes, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser, helping increase downforce by over 30-percent compared to the factory model.

The cars resting location on the day didn't offer much opportunity for great detail footage it was simply too busy unlike the McLaren F1 car, that video will follow. 

The final video can be viewed here.

Friday, 22 March 2013

VIDEO Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans car at Goodwood Media day 2013

Goodwood Festival of Speed Preview Day Video Part 1

The  Bentley Speed 8 attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed Preview day earlier this week.

The Bentley Speed 8 an amazing car that raced at the Le Mans 24hour.

This and the following videos show the process I go through when pulling together the footage, being mindful of the theme.

Not all of this footage will make it into the final video, some cleaning up and tightening of sequences will happen.

Each composition is a manageable chunk of footage that has to transition from one section to another and keep or develop the overall feel. Working in sections like this helps me decide what footage should go before or proceed in a running order.

I am also keeping an eye on the overall total time for the project and what I feel will be most interesting experience for the viewer, so at first I will overrun each section then cut back in the final edit.

At this early stage it is about having options, developing the look and feel.

The final video can be viewed here.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed Preview Day 2013.

On arrival at Goodwood for the preview day we popped inside for morning tea, this adjacent room theme was set out as the great train robbery, day 1 I am told was the robbery and day two forensics with people in period dress, the theme ran all day, brilliant.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Media Day 2013 by Jason Harry

The 2013 Festival of Speed will take place on 12-14 July, the event will attract over 180,000 people.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Media Day 2013 by Jason Harry

This year Goodwood is honouring one of the world’s most versatile and popular sports cars – the Porsche 911 - with the main ‘Central Feature’ at the 2013 Festival of Speed.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Media Day 2013 by Jason Harry

Also in attendance were the supercars, in the mix F1 cars old and new.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Media Day 2013 by Jason Harry

The Goodwood event is unique, the greatest car culture event in the world.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Media Day 2013 by Jason Harry

The time and effort put into this event to make it what it is impressive, they care about every detail and it shows.

For more information visit http://www.goodwood.co.uk

Friday, 15 March 2013

Canon Professional Network Website Resource

CPN Newsletter Header by Thorsten Milse

I don't shoot wildlife but if I did would want to make images like this, real.

Many of the Canon shooters I meet through my workshops are not aware of the CPN website, well they are missing out on something.

Here is the link http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/index.do

On the site are a heap of interesting and current posts from great photographers out there showcasing their amazing work.

Everything is covered from Fashion to Motorsport with a lot of useful information on how to use your camera gear to make the best images.

Really worth a visit.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Canon 1DX Skateboarding Adventures FULL EDIT

1DX Great Camera nothing more to say.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

VIDEO Canon 1DX Skateboarding Adventures SHORT EDIT.

This is the short edit, a longer version will be viewable soon.

Equipment used

Canon 1DX
Canon 5Dmk2
2 x 24-70 2.8L
32GB CF cards
Calumet 7" LCD Monitor
Calumet Video rig
Video Tripod fluid head type
Zoom H2 mic

Manchester Photographer Jason Harry Canon 1DX Skateboarding video shoot

Canon 1DX Skateboarding Video Shoot.

Manchester Photographer Jason Harry skateboarding video shoot
Been out shooting a skateboarding video with the Canon 1DX and 5D mk2  today. The 1DX is a great camera with amazing ISO capability.

Will post a short edit from our video shoot later today.

I was happily working in tight locations that other camera's of this quality just could not of got.

At times perhaps the action was a little too close but if it helps to get THE shot I am right there.

The 1DX is a little heavier than the 5D mk2, being honest I prefer heavy than light, sits nicely in your hands.

Also used today was the Calumet 7" LCD monitor shown top right and the Calumet video rig, more to come in another post.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

VIDEO Ferrari Hybrid Hypercar - LaFerrari Official Video.

Simply stunning car, Ferrari have again created the best in the LaFerrari.

Great use of sound, colour, high speed action slowed down and the start of the video setting the scene.

NOTE This is the official Ferrari video for this car hosted on YouTube.


Let's see how the Ferrari 458's fair this year in the British GT championship with the official Ferrari team in attendance.

VIDEO Time Lapse - Her Morning Elegance / Oren Lavie

Great track from Oren Lavie titled "Her Morning Elegance", this video made from stills using time lapse.

More info

"Her Morning Elegance" - from the album "The Opposite Side of the Sea", written and produced by Oren Lavie. © 2009 A Quarter Past Wonderful.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

VIDEO from a Video Workshop attendee. LONDON

So the last two days I was in London delivering my video workshop at Calumet, day two the attendees were tasked to shoot a short promotional video centered around Euston station taking into consideration access and facilities on site.

This is the first video in, Mi Elfverson has done a great job turning this around in a day. To see more of her video work go here www.truenorthvision.co.uk

Let see what the others can come up with, the benchmark has been set, good use of sound, short edit, like like like.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Model Lee B shot with Profoto ProDaylight 800 Air

Manchester Photographer Jason Harry shoot Model Lee B

This shoot with Model and dancer Lee B was taken using the Profoto ProDaylight 800 Air system.

ProDaylight continuous lighting is designed to produce higher efficiency and light quality for both photographers and videographers, balanced to 5600k.

Loved working with the Profoto system, more images below.

Settings in camera were f8, ISO 320.

Manchester Photographer Jason Harry shoot Model Lee BManchester Photographer Jason Harry shoot Model Lee B