Braden Storrs: Photo | Video

Introducing PORTRAIT.

A new short film series where I will take you into the world around us. Together we can explore the beauties of nature, the rhythm of cities, and the boundless inspiration life offers. Come with us for each episode and give yourself a chance to reflect, relax, and to dream once more.

In this 1st Episode I explore the Boise river in the Eagle, ID area.

Canon 60D, T2i

24-105mm L f/4 EF, 50mm f/1.4 EF, 10-22mm EF-S 

Final Cut Pro X

Editor and DP Demo Reel 2011-12

Braden Storrs

Editor, DP

bradenstorrsphotography@gmail.com

Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera Footage: Grading Test 

As Blackmagic and John Brawley have kindly made RAW footage from the new Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera available for download I thought I would take it for a spin! Make sure and watch the before and after at the end.

To get the most latitude when grading this footage you need to use the Blackmagic Divinci Resolve Application, Photoshop, or something of that nature.

In this test though I thought I would give the footage more of a challenge and did all grading in Final Cut Pro X.

Workflow:

1.) Opened Final Cut Pro X and created a new Test Event and Project for the color test (Option+N, Command+N).

2.) Imported the DNG’s into the test Event.

3.) Put all the photos (as they come in as individual photos) into the timeline (Command+A then E to append) and set the duration for all of them to one frame (Command+A then Control+D then type in duration).

4.) Selected all photos for a particular shot and Command+G to make each shot a compound clip therefore separating each of the four shots out for editing as a video clip.

Steps one through four took about a minute to do.

5.) Corrected and colored the clips one step at a time as shown in the video. Including the use of Motionvfx.com’s mLooks 2 Color Correction Plugins in combination with Final Cut Pro X’s Color Board. I can’t tell you how much I love the Color and Shape masking abilities that are right there within the program!

6.) Exported 1080P.

Also notably, and amazingly, Final Cut Pro X played back the 2.5K footage un-rendered in the 1080P timeline no problem, even with all grades, color and shape masks, and titles applied. Put that on the list of things that make me smile as an editor.

(Tip: If you select a clip or clips and hold option+click and drag and then drop them, before letting go of option, it will duplicate the clips you have selected as well as their settings. I used this to move from one step to another in the video.)

In the end I was very impressed with how clean the footage was and I largely have had to work with DSLR footage. It’s a big difference. It held up incredibly well to grading directly in the application. It was very resistent to the normal color noise and artifacting you see when grading DSLR footage. There is some noise in the final low light shot but it is mostly luminance, not color noise. That I can deal with.

For more info check out the links below:

The Final Cut Pro X Editor: http://thefcpxeditor.tumblr.com/

Final Cut Pro X NLE: http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/

Blackmagic Cinema Camera: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/

John Brawley: http://johnbrawley.wordpress.com/

Motion VFX: http://www.motionvfx.com/mplugs.html

My Breath Was Stolen From Me

Simply, utterly, FANTASTIC! It’s a longer one but worth every second. The truly mind blowing thing is that this was all created digitally. None of it is real footage. True Art right here. It is to amazing to not share! Huge Props to Alex Roman on this video!

[FRAMED] Pratik Naik: High End Photo Retouching

Here is high end Photo Retoucher Pratik Naik's [Framed] Show episode. In just the few days since the episode aired his awesome retouching skills have been viewed around the world and he has had many requests to teach seminars worldwide! He is a great artist and great guy. I’m glad I was able to edit this episode for him. Check it out!

Episode 4 of the [Framed] Show!

I posted a screenshot of my Final Cut Pro X project timeline a couple weeks ago and I had a lot of requests for the final video. So here it is! The video is now live on our [F] Network for photographers. It is Episode 4 of [Framed] for Season 3. With [Framed] we go, interview a photographer(s), learn about them, where they came from, their approach to their art, business, etc. We also go through a photo shoot with them. The [Framed] episodes can range from education to inspiration. We also have three other shows, Film, Photo Pro, and Lit Up.

An Evening With Jenika’s Lens Photography:

When two creative minds come together you know something good is coming and well, it’s here! My wife and I spent an evening with Jenika’s Lens Photography for a maternity session and from that came some gorgeous photos and my newest Braden Storrs: Photo|Video video, check it out!

Shot on the Canon 60D

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AIS, Canon 24-105L IS USM 

Edited in Final Cut Pro X

Color Grading Central Giveaway

Looking for color correction / color grading tutorials? At Color Grading Central you get instant access to DaVinci Resolve tutorials. They’re currently giving away (3) 6 Month DaVinci Resolve Training Memberships valued at $197 USD. For details on entering the contest giveaway visit the site to learn more. Click the link above!

Canon Unveils the 5D Mark III, to ship out at the end of the month!

The LONG awaited Canon 5D mark III has arrived with HUGELY improved ISO performance (which is saying something when considering how good the 5D Mark II was), a vastly improved 61 point autofocus system (Autofocus was one of te 5D Mark II’s biggest shortcomings), new great color metering sensor, a new processor, new 60P shooting in video mode, new, more efficient, video formats, and a new 22.3MP Sensor. Color, detail, moire, rolling shutter, all have been improved. From various articles and videos I’ve seen this appears to be a very solid camera that will prove to be a valuable tool for photographers (especially event/wedding/portrait photographers) and videographers.

I personally use the Canon 60D which is an amazing tool in itself BUT, the 5D Mark III has stepped up to a whole new level of performance and when possible so will I.

Follow the link above to get the whole run down of the camera. Enjoy!

What I’m working on right now. A precious little one will be starring soon.

A Different Angle:
A screenshot of my work on a project with Jenika’s Lens Photography. 
Many people bemoaned the fact that when Final Cut Pro X came out there was no way to open old FCP 7 or older projects in it. That is no longer an issue with a app called 7 to X. Here’s the proof, a sequence I created in FCP 7 that is now open and operating in FCP X! You’ll notice how it used markers to retain the in and out points for the clips. I had retimed some of the clips and that was in tact as well. 
This is my work, this is my fun…what’s the difference… :)

A Different Angle:

A screenshot of my work on a project with Jenika’s Lens Photography

Many people bemoaned the fact that when Final Cut Pro X came out there was no way to open old FCP 7 or older projects in it. That is no longer an issue with a app called 7 to X. Here’s the proof, a sequence I created in FCP 7 that is now open and operating in FCP X! You’ll notice how it used markers to retain the in and out points for the clips. I had retimed some of the clips and that was in tact as well. 

This is my work, this is my fun…what’s the difference… :)

Final Cut Pro X Is Now All Grown Up!!! Watch out Adobe!

A new update came out yesterday, Final Cut Pro X is now all grown up! All the pro features that were lacking with FCPX’s release have been added and improved when compared to FCP7. It’s now ready to play with the big boys. It’s freakin awesome! :-) 

[FRAMED] Episode 4: Tanja Lippert Wedding Photography

One of my favorite episodes that I edited together from last season of the [Framed] Show! It’s a fun one. That photographer/makeup team is awesome. We bring you [Framed] from MediaPoint Studios (formerly B Roll Production Company). I mainly work as an video editor there. Check it!!