Well, that was fast, considering that my last post was on my New YouTube channel. Just a couple of months in and I’ve decided to ax it.
One of the things I always wanted to do was do instructional videos from inside the park, something different, something that I’ve been asked many times to do. Also since I’ve seen so many people who just turn on the camera and talk in their bedroom, I’m sorry but I don’t find the fun in that. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against it but it isn’t my cup of tea. As a photographer that goes a lot to Disney, I want videos to show me secrets, settings, examples.
From the couple of videos I did, one which was particularly fun was the ND filters. I shot over two days in DHS and even included example pictures. Music, intro, the whole mambo, what a fun time. Well shortly after uploaded it got tagged as ‘video not suitable for advertisers’. I had to laugh. And while I’m not trying to make a living off of YouTube and already have a steady job. I’m not going to waste time on something free. And wait, so someone unboxing a pin or talking about their Disney haul wasn’t? So I hit the review button and wait. A week later it’s approved.
So I follow up with a couple of more videos, this time getting into the editing, the meat of the process, what I get asked 1000 times over and over. How do you edit this, how do you edit that?
Another measly attempt, This time a video of photo stacking, the secret photographers don’t want to share… the same thing.
Are you kidding me? One last try, this time a video showing how I edited the Hogwarts castle. Same. Ok, guys, I give up, you win. YouTube isn’t for me I guess. I’ll stick to my Instagram account. Thankfully I don’t live off of this anyway, and I do admit I came late to the game. But one thing I don’t regret was that at least I tried.
Wow, that is hard. If you haven’t seen already seen I’ve posted a couple of YouTube videos. From camera basics to shooting with ND filters. I must tell you it’s hard stuff. First I hate the sound of my voice and hearing myself only highlights how I cut into sentences. But that is ok. I’m taking it one step at a time. And the editing is probably the hardest part and time muncher. Remember I do have a full-time job.
Anyway, one thing I am trying to avoid like the plague is the quick video with a Disney background and not provide good content. Again, not that what is out there is bad just that for me if you are giving camera tips, you gotta get out there and show what you are doing.
Another thing I’m asked a lot is how I edit stuff, and that coming also. so i’ll start simple and work my way up on those. If I caught your attention and you want to check them out you can find it here
Thunder mountain is an amazing but very fast ride. And you guaranteed to be swinging left and right. As a rule, ANY ride I always keep the camera strap on and if anything feels strange I will just press the camera on my chest. This is how I take my camera on Expedition Everest. On other wet rides, I’ll use my hat to cover it. 🙂 Back to the ride, I’ve been trying for a long time to get some good ‘action’ shots. So when I got the Canon 80d, one of the things that I liked about it was the ability to shoot at 1/8000 of a second. Both my previous cameras (t3, t5i) only did 1/4000 and while that is freaking fast per say. I knew I needed that extra edge.
So I set up my camera for Manual, which means I can lock the shutter at 1/5000 as well as the f-stop, which in this case f2.8 and let it go crazy on the ISO. What I got was a somewhat noisy picture but the action was frozen, score!!!
Now note I have done a couple of failed tries, one using 1/8000 and the iso was just too high and the quality looked like a blackberry from the 80’s.
As for post editing, this is what I did. I brought up the shadows to show the train cabin. And if you look closely you can see the noise on it. Then with a brush in lightroom, I removed the noise setting it to 80%. I could have brightened it more but since the eye looks for the brightest part in the picture I left the sunset bright as well as the train on the top. Then brought up the orange and yellow and there you go. Hope this helps anyone out.
Yep, hate to say it. Running out and getting an expensive camera won’t make you an instant great photographer. Why do I say this? Every once and while I get a snarky comment under a photo about how I edit my photos or how it’s over edit this or that. It’s funny since many of them don’t even follow me? #AdmitItYouAreAFan
So why do they even bother? Beats me, I guess they can’t stand I have a certain amount of followers with a camera you can get at Walmart and my stock lens. And regarding followers, I get nastygrams for that also. I guess I buy my likes also. With over 10,000,000 likes so far I guess I have a lot of money to burn. Just for you to know I average 15-22k likes a day.
Anyway to all those ‘professional’ people who troll my account and can’t stand what I do just want you to know that I have a blast doing it, and I ain’t stopping anytime soon. So you can rant of how I edit the photos, I don’t care it’s my art, and newsflash, you edit yours too. The moment you adjust a slider on your editing software you have ‘edited’ your picture. Second, try to have fun taking pictures don’t try to make it such a science on what you are doing. It’s funny to see people so focused on the equipment behind it and how it’s supposed to be good since I used the 3k lens. A most important don’t get any if my pics looks like yours, it’s Disney and at the end, we are taking pictures of the same thing.
Oh, by the way, I did finally upgrade my camera to an 80d and have a better lens. Maybe now I can take better pictures like the other guys.
So finally getting out of the house after being sick what looks like an eternity, I was able to get out and shoot. As you may have seen my T5i decided not to wake up one morning. So jumping on the Amazon CC offer I went ahead and got myself the 80d. I’ve been looking at it for a while, first, the viewfinder is 100% and much larger which helps with my eyesight. Second, the dynamic range and colors are rated twice what I had before.
So after a couple of weeks. I can say that I’m still getting used to the menus and settings. With my t5i I used to use a software hack called Magic Lantern had custom settings which were extremely helpful when doing bracketed shots since I didn’t have to set it up each time I turned on the camera while on my night shots. Here I do. That’s ok.
I’m still trying to figure out the best settings in lightroom as well as bracketing shots, so far it seems 5 shots is the magic number. But other differences from my t5i is the viewfinder, it’s a 100% of what you are shooting and works using a prism, dynamic range (colors depths) and resolution are so much better. I am truly loving this device. Oh, by the way, ts name is ‘Tres’ which stands for three, since it’s my third DSLR
As you may know, I am part of a Facebook group called Disney Colors. And it’s a wonderful group of people sharing images, stories and photo challenges. And one of the golden rules is to no allow outside links, the reason being a very simple one. It quickly becomes a trashcan of people posting back to their photography pages. And we have seen that all too many times in these groups. And when you have the same bunch posting the same pic in 20 groups you know how annoying that gets!
But the offenders we get are the best, not only do they never post anything or have interacted with anyone they quickly post something like ‘If this isn’t allowed please delete…’ I chuckle each time I see that. “Removed and blocked”. Out of curiosity, I’ll go check what they posted, and 99.99% of the time is some ad infested site, yep trying to make a buck off Disney. And don’t get me wrong I don’t have anything against that but if this isn’t the group for it the why post it?
The most recent one was a couple talking about gaining followers on Instagram, so when I go check their accounts they had less that 500 combined. I mean really?
Anyway, I look back only to find the offenders block me on IG. Which is fine. I here for the pretty pictures and to share the magic, if you like my channel fine, and if you don’t it’s fine too.
So last month I passed the 10,000,000 likes on Instagram. Yep that is the big 10. I’m ecstatic! Almost three years posting daily to get here. And while it’s easy to get caught in the follower’s numbers, it’s the likes on the photos which make my day.
How does it feel? Awesome I guess. First I want to thank Disney, Like I have said over and over, if it weren’t for Disney my account wouldn’t be where it is today. So if you are reading this and contributed to the number, thank you.