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Parker last won the day on August 21 2016

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  1. I love photography and do quite a bit of pro photo work, but for me it just doesn't quite scratch the itch like video does; I dread the drudgery of endless hours editing photos. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy post-processing a few of my favorite pics from a shoot, but then I feel satisfied, and it just feels like a chore to have to get through the rest of them. Video, on the other hand, the post process is so satisfying! Cutting a sequence together, adding the perfect music, finessing the story... I can't get enough of it! Video vs. photo, particularly of the same event, is also an interesting comparison; the moving image just captures the moment so much better. Last month my sister had her first child, and I shot a handful of clips between photos as my parents got to meet their first grandchild, and ended up with enough footage, as it turned out, to cut a little sequence together. The photos are great, they're precious, they'll hang on the wall for years to come, but the video truly captures the moment, the emotions, the environment, in a way the photos never can! That's what keeps me coming back to video; photography, particularly on vacations, will always be a hobby, but with video, it is just so multi-faceted! I enjoy the scripting and pre-production phase, then get tired of it and can't wait to shoot, then after long production days I'm exhausted but very excited to start playing with my images in the edit, and by the time I'm through with that process I'm dying to get away from the screen and get back out shooting again, all the while constantly trying to improve my skills, hone my craft, better my storytelling abilities. I don't think I'll ever get sick of that.
  2. Yeah that's right Only downside, really. The other accessories attach properly, I use it all the time with the lightdome. However, the spotlight attachment (which I also own) doesn't mount properly, which is too bad. So I can only use it with my 120d at the moment. At the same time though, the reason I wanted the Forza was to use it primarily in softboxes or booklight-setups, where the extra punch really matters.
  3. Nope, not anything that I have noticed, anyway. I have used it on countless shoots over the last few months and it has been awesome. It has plenty of output and cuts in just fine next to my 120D and Lupo Superpanel. There are certain small aspects of build quality and physical design where I prefer the Aputures, but the Forza hasn't let me down, and recently got price-reduced by about $400 bucks making it even more of a deal.
  4. I just decided to pull the trigger on the Forza 500 about six months ago and be done with it, and have been happy with my choice. If/when the 600D is available I will re-evaluate, but I didn't want to wait, and now I have a nice, bright new light on every shoot.
  5. @jgharding just keep using the emotive color Luts, they're not an exact match like they are with the GH5, but I use them on the S1 all the time and it looks awesome. Can get both cameras to match quite easily with minimal tweaking
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    DJI Mavic Air 2

    I can't seem to find any information anywhere about whether the h265 offers 10-bit or not. Anybody see that anywhere?
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    DJI Mavic Air 2

    I loved the original air's physical design and it clearly has better IQ than my original mavic pro, but the terrible wifi-only transmission was an absolute deal-breaker for me; both copies I have flown have completely lost signal even just orbiting around a house or building, and I have lost signal even with clear line of site less than 100 meters away. I will never buy another wifi-only DJI product. Edit: So thank goodness the leaks say this one has full-blown occusync 2.0!
  8. Maybe I need to give him another shot! His patreon content does sound pretty interesting
  9. I agree, he's super over the top and kind of annoying to listen to for more than a few episodes. For filmmaking-related podcasts, I prefer the Go Creative show and its short, really good interviews with top-level DP's and actual pros about what they're shooting. The T-Stop Inn is also pretty good, lots of really cool insights from legends of the industry. If you're more interested in the purely entrepreneurial, 'from the bootstraps-up' type of indy filmmaking that Wandering DP provides for a lot of people, then Alex Ferrarri's Indy Film Hustle is decent, although I haven't listened to a huge number of episodes, his personality can also be a little much.
  10. @Hayk Here are the Heavy duty light stands, as good as c-stands but much cheaper and lighter: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1274797-REG/impact_ls_96habi_9_5_heavy_duty_air.html Here is a link to an affordable C-Stand: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/372016-REG/Impact_CT40MKIT_Master_Century_C_Stand.html And here is the large, octa-dome 150cm softbox/grid combo: https://www.essentialphoto.co.uk/product/pixapro-150cm-octagonal-easy-open-umbrella-softbox-with-4cm-grid/#image-4
  11. My advice: try to get repeat clients to go on contract for a monthly retainer. My freelance work was up and down and very unreliable for years, but once I got my first client on a retainer, things have gone much more smoothly for me, the consistent monthly paychecks have been awesome while still being able to enjoy the flexibility of freelance. One tip for negotiating these kinds of deals with clients is to look through job listings for full-time video work in your area, contacting the companies in question and pitching a freelance retainer solution instead, which they might be happy to do since it will save them a lot of money in the long-run, so it's a win-win. Best of luck! It's a lot more fun doing what you love.
  12. Mostly I use the light dome II on a C-stand (Matthews or Impact) but for much cheaper you can also use Impact heavy duty light stands, which are also quite a bit lighter and more portable. I also have a larger 150cm softbox from pixapro (very affordable) which looks great on both lights. One downside of the forza is that I cannot use it with my Aputure Spotlight, as the Bowens mount on the forza doesn't go deep enough, so I can only use it on my 120dii. Awesome and very versatile attachment though.
  13. It could be a little louder I'm sure. I use a 120dii quite often and don't really notice a functional real-world difference in fan noise between the two. I use my forza for interviews too, almost every single week, typically with a shotgun above the talent, occasionally a wireless lav for backup. I have never had any problems with it being too noisy, since it is very rare I'm shooting in a perfectly silent environment anyway. Air conditioning I can't turn off, or sinlke ambient room noise is usually much louder than any fans from lights, it's all neglible anyway by the time I run audio through audition and add music overtop anyway. But the aputures are awesome regardless, I also have my eye on the forthcoming 600D, hopefully it's not too pricey.
  14. Take a look at the Forza 500. It is a little out of your price range, but not by much. 500 watts definitely puts out substantially more light than the 300Dii. You can always dim it down and diffuse it, but you can never make a light brighter, so I always say you should buy the brightest, most powerful light can you afford, and then adapt accordingly.
  15. @Darganslayer I also shoot with an S1 and GH5, mostly corporate and marketing talking head/multicam stuff. 95% of the time I use the GHAlex Alexa LUT on both cameras, shooting in Vlog. If, occasionally, it's not quite the right look, I use panasonic's "nicest" conversion LUT on the S1, which does a good job maintaining the dynamic range of the log image but pushes skin tones very red/magenta, and is not always the most pleasing look, or the Skye LUT, which approximates a Panny "natural" look, designed for GH5 but looks okay on S1 with a few tweaks as well. Hope that helps.
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