Went to Knik Bridge to do a Collab with bunch of awesome local photographers!
That is all. haha
Went to Knik Bridge to do a Collab with bunch of awesome local photographers!
That is all. haha
Anyone who is interested in knowing what gear I currently have to do my work. Here is a link!
Its www.donchonphoto.com/gearpage it will be an on going list also I am working on some videos to give out tips on how to shoot with certain lenses and what to look for in compositions. I will be collaborating with local photographers to give their insight on it too!
Also go subscribe to my YouTube Channel there will be consistent content coming out in next few weeks! YOUTUBE
Whats up guys!
So this blog is for the people who need camera gear but do not have the funds to obtain what they need. Those in that situation you have one of 2 options. One save up money and buy the gear/accessory later down the line OR you can improvise and DIY it.
Recently I just got the Zheyun Crane for my camera so that I can get steady gimbal shots for video. Only problem is that when I'm waiting to get shots I'm holding onto a 6-8lbs of camera equipment for however long. This would be a problem especially on a hike or something.
But the nice thing about the Zhiyun Crane is that it has a a 1/4" screw thread on the bottom of the handle to attach to a tripod or monopod. This makes it perfect to attach gear to it. There are D-Link camera screws out there but I don't feel safe using those. There is a possibility of it breaking thus breaking the entire unit. Next best thing is HomeDepot or Lowe's. I got a 1/4" eye screw for $1.55 which is way less than a single D-Link camera screw. Normally about $5.00 on average at your local camera shop or online. It has less points of contact for possible breaking and its stainless steel. Just add a carabiner and you can hold it from your backpack.
I just asked the employee to have the eye socket screw cut down to size since it was too long and BAM easy cheap camera attachment.
Just thinking outside the box and understanding what your needs are and trying to DIY it for as little money as possible and getting the best outcome for your needs will work for you a hundred folds.
You don't need fancy equipment or accessories to get better use of your gear. Know the limitations of the gear and be creative of what your mind can come up with. You are a creative and make use of the noggin on those shoulders.
You can also more than likely use this to do a rolling shot from 2 points with the crane attached via paracord from one spot to another.
That is more than likely another blog post.
ANYWAYS hope this inspires you to do a little more thinking outside the box and see you guys in the next blog!
Summer Solstice Weekend is here and it was a pretty hectic day for me. Filmed for about 5-6 hours and on my feet the whole time filming dope looking cars. Met some old friends I knew back in the day and got to meet some new people for possible future networking. Either way it was a fun time filming all these cars and I had a lot of fun editing this video. I love seeing different types of stuff and just making use of my noggin to make it match with the music and seeing how and what I could do to make the footage usable and so forth.
This time I used my Zhiyun Crane V2 for the whole time and my Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 and I love it since I didn't have to adjust the F stop every time I would be closer in the shot to 16mm and then move my lens back to 11mm. That constant 2.8 made it really nice. Also one bad thing would be the Non-IS but with it being so wide, I can just use the warp stabilizer in Premier to make the footage useable enough.
One qualm I would have about the Zhiyun Crane is when I was using it the whole time my arm would get tired fast! Mind you I'm using the 80D with 11-16mm lens and the Crane itself. That is about 8-10lbs total for recording nice shots. I could of used it handheld with my 18-135 with IS. But I needed more practice with using my crane and the small jitters were not too much of a problem when the camera was moving. Main point of this is I need practice with using my gimbal and I'll try to make use of it as much as possible. That way I can know it's limitations and my limitations on the gear I use.
Anyways enough of this rant. If you want to see the video from this weekend just check out the link HERE!
So here I am with another blog and I'm actually surprised with myself on how I handled my first wedding shoot. Mind you I didn't take photos for it but video. It was a great learning experience and found out first hand that nothing goes as you plan. But that is life and you have to be flexible with how the cards falls and learn how to pick it up. My first fault was making assumptions which now I know not to do especially during events, always prepare for the worst. I assumed that the groom would be in the same hotel getting ready and that did not happen at all. So I drove over to the location where the event would be taking place and got some shots over there of the groom getting ready and drove back to the hotel and got the girls getting ready. Then drove back to the event location and waited for both the bride and groom. If it wasn't for my friend Cari who came to help me out and give me moral support I don't think I could of done it as well if she wasn't there. I 100% owe her a nice dinner to say thank you! Any who I ended up being there for about 2:30pm? to about 10:30-11? so it was a full day of recording and being on my toes and getting enough b-roll to tell a nice story. I was shooting with my Canon 80D and also had my drone. The lenses I used throughout the night was my 18-135mm Canon STM, 10-22mm USM, and 50mm f/1.4. I think these did the job for me. Only complaint on myself is getting faster lenses or just lenses that are fixed aperture so I didn't have to consistently change the F-Stop to adjust for me zooming in and out to get the right shots. But you live and learn and go with the punches. Make the gear work for you instead of you working for the gear.
Overall I was very happy with the end result and the clients were very happy which is 99.99% of what matters in this type of service.
If you interested in watching the 1 min video I made for social media, Link is down below!
I'm not going to call myself an expert on Street Photography, but I looked up ALOT of articles and blogs on how to update my photography game. One of the main sources I read up/watched was Eric Kim Photography. He recently deleted his IG so I can't put a link to the stuff he posts but he does have a Youtube Channel which he updates irregularly. He has lots of information about life in general and about photography.
Take your time. I was using my film camera for majority of my trip in Korea and I would carry 2-3 rolls of film per day trying to take in the environment around me and kind of slow down to take photos. I got some great photos, in my opinion, and got to meet some dope people too. But just slowing down and looking through the view finder and getting a good composition almost fishing for the image you want is kind of part of it. Almost zen like. This photo I got just while waiting for family members to finish their errands and just happened to be a good photo. I just saw a cool little area and then a couple started walking by the area playing around. It looked so natural and empty like they were in their own little world.
Just SHOOT. More you get comfortable with using your gear, the more confident you will be taking photos. You don't have to be concerned with others when taking photos in a public place. If you get confronted then just talk to them like they are regular people instead of just ignoring them and walking away. Majority of the time people like their photos taken and sometimes after taking one photo you can ask the person if it is ok to take their photo and majority of the time they will say yes.
This next photo I took on the subway. Compositionally I thought was cool cause it had a young man in the military looking at his phone trying to be "connected" as much as possible to the outside world while he is serving his country. And next to him you see a older man possibly same age as his father maybe? and on the other side a women that could be same age as his mother. They are not related I know for sure since I saw them enter and leave different stations without any conversation or acknowledgment of each other. But this was couple stops under exposed and I wished it wasn't but that is on me. I need to shoot more to get used to variety of situations and understanding my camera gear and lighting.
Teach someone. Teaching I believe is the best way to learn your craft. If you know someone who is wanting to get into photography or any other craft that you share. Help them along by showing them what you know. Don't be an a$$ and brag about what you know and correct them every single time they mess up or about to mess up. When they have questions they will ask and you can point out cool photo opportunities that you see with your eyes to them while you take photos. This creates a great community and allows you to enforce what you know verbally and physically.
I met up with a friend who is way creative and does awesome drawing. Hopefully she will pick up photography too since she was way curious on analog cameras. I showed her how to use the camera and let her take rein. Compositionally the photos she took was awesome! When she had questions she asked and it reinforced my understanding of the craft while helping someone else learn something new.
That is all for today and hopefully you guys got some inspiration from this to go out and shoot and share your knowledge with others!
See you guys next time!
So I guess I'll start out this blog with what cameras I use. I started out with Canon 7D and the 50mm 1.4, the kit lens 28-135mm, and 10-22mm. I was very satisfied with using all three for portraits, landscape, and everything in between. It was then the Mark I version and not the Mark II. I've used it for couple years and got some great photos.
I got super into photography and found myself looking into film cameras. Since I started out with Canon I decided to stick with it. I got great images and lenses were awesome and I was comfortable with its menu system and how I used it. I went on Craigslist and looked for film cameras. At the time it was about 2010? 2011? I'm not 100% sure on it but I found a Canon AE-1 Program with a 50mm 1.8 Lens that had a flash and other accessories for about $50.00. I thought it was a great deal and purchased it. Now I looked online on how to use the camera and so forth but didn't really get into it until this past 2 years.
In the mean time I upgraded my 7D to the 80D due to me wanting to go into video and photo. The 80D has great autofocus capabilities and it basically was a nice upgrade for me on the 7D Mk I. So currently I have 2 cameras besides my phone. The Canon 80D and the Canon AE-1 Program. Both I LOVE to use and on my trip to Korea this past April 2017 I almost exclusively used my film camera to take photos. Images on it came out surprisingly well since I am still new to using film. I used the Kodak TX 400, Kodak Gold 400, and Fuji Color 400. The Kodak Gold and Fuji Color was cheap and I didn't want to spend too much on film so I got those. The Kodak TX 400 is black and white film and got that recommendation from a friend who shoots great film photos. You can check his work on @Jovellyism and @jovell.
I got GREAT shots on these rolls of film and made you appreciate and actually think about what kind of shots you wanted to take since there is a limited amount of photos you take with each roll. With that I would recommend anyone who wants to start out to get some cheap digital camera to learn the mechanisms of taking a photo and just shoot away. Then goto a film camera and learn it almost in a Zen state of thinking. It is also very nice to when you get your photos developed to see what came out well and what didn't. Almost like a Christmas present to yourself. Haha.
So yea. Those are my cameras I use and not really much on anything else. I'll come up with stuff to post on my blog and just so you guys know, there isn't a schedule/route I'm taking this blog. Just whatever comes to mind about my life and photography will be posted. Maybe I'll post some tips and tricks and news worthy stuff down the line but thats something in the future and we aren't there yet.
Have fun shooting and see you guys later!