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Moon travelling at 1000% speed

The moon may appear quite stationary to the naked eye, but point a camera at it with a 300mm lens long enough, and you’ll notice the movement.  To make it more apparent, I sped it up to 10 times its normal speed, so 1000% speed.

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This is a quick video I shot of the moon on my Canon T2i with the Tamron SP 70-300 VC USD lens @ 300mm.

I then sped up the video at 1000%, as I felt a 21 minute was too slow.

The audio is me playing the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-370 PE, recorded on the Zoom H4n using the built-in speakers.

Neewer Lavalier Microphone

I bought this Neewer lapel microphone off ebay at 2.88$ including shipping and taxes in Canada, and I was quite amazed by the sound quality it produces.  I highly recommend you watch my review and see, or rather hear, for yourself.

If you are interested in buying one, you can support us by using the following link to the eBay auction: Neewer lapel microphone (eBay link)

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In this video, I do a review of the Neewer Lavalier Microphone I bought from ebay at 2.88$ CDN including shipping and taxes.

My first thoughts revolved about if this deal was too good to be true, but after reading and watching some reviews, I decided to take the gamble, and try out this super cheap lapel microphone.

I’m very amazed by the results so far, except for a few caviats I discuss in this video. But if you control the environment you record in, you can achieve great cheap results.

What’s in my Camera Bag

In this 3 parts series, I do a review of the LowePro Pro Runner AW450 camera bag and show you my photography and videography equipment, and share my experience with all of them.  In the first part, I do a review of the bag itself, then in the second video I show my audio equipment equip, and in the third video I show my photography equipment.

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In Part 1 of this series, I do a review and demonstration of the LowePro Pro Runner AW450 camera bag.

In parts 2 and 3, I will show what’s in my camera bag and explain why I use each piece of gear and how the experience has been so far. Part 2 will focus on my audio kit, and Part 3 will focus on my photography kit. The AW 450 has plenty of room for both.

This was filmed with my iPhone 4S for both video and audio.

If you liked this video, click the thumbs up icon. If you’d like to see more reviews like these, hit the subscribe button. If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to do a video about, leave a comment bellow.

Thanks for watching!

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In Part 2 of this series, I show you the audio gear I store away in my camera bag. I explain what I use each piece of equipment for, and show you a few tips along the way.

This features the Zoom H4n, the Shure SM58 microphone, a 1/4″ 20-thread hotshoe adapter, an XLR cable and the Apex HP35 headphones.

In Part 1 of this series, I did a review of the camera bag itself.

In Part 3 of this series, I will show the photography gear I bring along in my bag.

This was filmed with my iPhone 4S for both video and audio.

If you liked this video, click the thumbs up icon. If you’d like to see more reviews like these, hit the subscribe button. If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to do a video about, leave a comment bellow.

Thanks for watching!

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In Part 3 of this series, I show you the photography gear I store away in my camera bag. I explain what I use each piece of equipment for, and show you a few tips along the way.

This features the Canon Rebel T2i, the Tamron SP 70-300 DI VC USD, the Canon EF-S 18-55 mm IS kit lens, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, and the Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III. I also show some Tiefen filters, a plump bob with some fishing line, some memory cards, and a few other gadgets.

In Part 1 of this series, I did a review of the camera bag itself.

In Part 2 of this series, I did a quick review of my audio gear, and showed how everything fits together.

This was filmed with my iPhone 4S for both video and audio.

If you liked this video, click the thumbs up icon. If you’d like to see more reviews like these, hit the subscribe button. If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to do a video about, leave a comment bellow.

Thanks for watching!

Yamaha Clavinova CLP 370 PE demo

The Yamaha Clavinova CLP 370 PE is the piano you can hear me play in some of my videos.  The quality of the sound is quite grandiose, and the feeling and responsiveness of the keys feel quite natural.  In this video from April 17, 2011, I do a quick demonstration of the different voices or sound banks from this piano.

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Quick demo of the different voices (sound banks) available on the Clavinova CLP 370. I will show the different voices available, as well as how you can combine them or split the keyboard with different voices.

This was filmed using a Canon EOS T2i and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, and the Zoom H4n for the audio. I used Adobe Premiere to sync up the audio to the video.

Tamron SP 70-300mm Di f/4-5.6 VC USD

The Tamron SP 70-300mm Di f/4-5.6 VC USD quickly became my favourite lens.  This 3-part series shows the unpacking of the lens, an introduction to the lens, and a test of the Vibration Compensation (VC) system.

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This is the unboxing of the Tamron SP 70-300mm Di f/4-5.6 VC USD lens. I discuss my first impressions of its build quality and show what comes in the box.

Video captured with an iPhone 4s, audio captured with a Zoom H4n and SM58 mic.

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This is an introduction to the Tamron SP 70-300mm Di f/4-5.6 VC USD lens.  I discuss the features of the lens, and show some pictures at the end with 100% crops.

I already posted a video of a Vibration Control test of this lens, and will post other videos in the future.

If there’s anything in particular you would like to know about this lens, leave a comment bellow, and I’ll try to reply or make a new video out of it.

This was filmed on a T2i with a 50mm f/1.8 lens.  The audio comes from a Zoom H4n with a SM58 microphone.

Sorry for the audio, my memory card was dying on me, and the file sort of got corrupted in a few places.  In one case I had to use the built-in mic of the T2i for a few seconds.

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In this test, I show clips at 1080p at 70mm and 300mm with and without VC.

I then use the Canon T2i’s 480p crop mode for an added 7x, giving 70 x 7 x 1.6 = 784mm and 300 x 7 x 1.6 = 3360mm, showing again the difference between VC on and off.

So far I’m very impressed with this lens in general, and the VC is quite remarkable. See for yourself, and leave your comments and questions bellow.

I will be doing more videos reviewing different aspects of this Tamron lens, so subscribe if you want to see the next videos!

1.76$ DIY iPhone 4S tripod adapter

This is my first Do-it-yourself video.  Posted on December 4th, 2011, this video shows how to build your own adapter to attach your iPhone 4S to a tripod.  Since this video, I added the Velcro directly to a cheap camera case I bought just for this purpose, and it makes the rig much more solid.

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Very simple Do-it-yourself iPhone 4S tripod adapter.  In this example I use a mini tripod, or table tripod, but you can use any tripod with a standard 1/4″ 20 thread screw.

Alternatively, you could put the Velcro fasteners on a case if you’re iffy about gluing anything to your iPhone.  You can also put the Velcros anywhere else you might want to attach your iPhone.

Materials:

Bracket: Brace, CRNR Zinc HD 2×5/8″ – 0.99$
Wing Nut 1/4″ 20-thread: 0.39$
Fasteners, Quare White 7/8″, 12 per pack – 4.59$ total or – 0.38$ each

Total: 5.97$ if you include everything, or 1.76$ if you take the unit cost of the Velcro fasteners.

Prices are in Canadian dollars from a local Home Depot.  I’m sure in larger cities you could find better deals if you look around.

Video filmed with a Canon T2i with 50mm f/1.8 lens at f/2.8, 1/60, 400-ISO.
Sound captured with Zoom H4n using built-in mics.

Canon S90 vs iPhone 4S vs Canon T2i Video Test

This video, updated on YouTube on October 16, 2011, serves as a comparison between the Canon S90 point & shoot camera, the iPhone 4S smart phone, and the Canon T2i DSLR camera.  It is rather impressive how well the iPhone 4S does compared to the Canon T2i.  With proper color correction and proper lighting, you can definitely take great videos from this smart phone.  You can also see how far along the iPhone has come when you compare it to the Canon S90 point & shoot, which was Canon’s most advanced point & shoot at the time.

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This is a comparison of the Canon S90, the iPhone 4S, and the Canon T2i. Note that the S90 captures in 480p, which explains why it’s pretty nice at 480p, but fails at full screen 1080p.

iPhone 4S Video Test 720p

This review was done on October 14, 2011 for the iPhone 4S.  The image quality is quite impressive for having been captured from a phone.  From now on, you can expect most major smart phones to give point & shoot cameras a run for their money.

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iPhone 4S test in 720p resolution.  1080p full-HD version will follow as soon as I figure out why youtube downconverts it.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS image stabilization test

This is a video I did back on May 25th, 2011, showing the effectiveness of the Image Stabilization (IS) of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.  For this I used the Canon EOS Rebel T2i in the 480p crop-mode, which gives a magnification of about 7x and really shows any instability in the video.  This is a handheld shot.

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Stabilization test using Canon EOS Rebel T2i in 480p 60fps crop-mode which basically uses the centre 640*480 pixels of the sensor, giving a magnification of about 7x.

The lens used is the basic kit lens that comes with it, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS.

The camera is handheld, and I start the video with Image Stabilizer (IS) off, then I turn it on.

I hope this is useful in showing the usefulness of having an IS lens for doing video.

Welcome to the Studio JPIC Blog

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Studio JPIC blog.

The subject of this blog will be photography and videography.  I will be discussing the equipment, the tools, as well as the techniques which we can use to improve both photos and videos.

I will also post the videos from my YouTube channel on here.