Category Archives: Hardware Tutorials

Tutorials involving hardware

Take panoramas using the Nodal Ninja NN4 with RD16 II advanced rotator

In this video I show you how I use the Nodal Ninja NN4 with RD16-II advanced rotator to take my panoramas.

The important thing with panoramas is to do everything manually to ensure the images stitch well together. That’s why I use manual exposure, manual white balance, and manual focus.

Find the No Parallax Point on a Nodal Ninja NN4 with RD16-II for better panoramic photos

In this video, I show how to find the No Parallax Point (NPP) which is sometimes called Nodal Point, which helps you take better panoramic photos which will stich together with less errors.

The panoramic head I’m using in this video is the Nodal Ninja NN4 with RD/16-II rotator, which I find works quite well, although this technique should work with other brands and models also.

How to upgrade the firmware of a Canon EOS DSLR camera

Since a new firmware (1.1.4) came out for the Canon EOS 6D, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and make a video about how to upgrade the firmware on a Canon DSLR camera. Each camera and upgrade could be a little different, so do make sure you read the instructions, but this should be pretty standard.

Some important things to consider:
1) Read the instructions that come with the file.
2) Always make sure you have a full battery. If the battery goes off mid-way, you risk bricking your camera (i.e. turning it into an expensive brick).
3) Some firmware updates have a limit for how large a memory card you can use for this. For the 6D 1.1.4 they recommend 64GB or smaller, but some other firmwares might even be 32GB.

How to link two Canon Speedlite 600 ex rt flashes using the built in wi fi radio trigger

In this video, I show how to configure two Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash units using the built-in Wi-Fi radio transmitter.

I will go over how to set up the IDs so they connect, how to go from ETTL to Manual, and how to setup ratios.

Let me know if you’re interested in more of these videos!

Studio JPIC 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Preview

In this video, I do a recap of what I have been up to in 2013 and what’s to come in 2014. If you hover over any video, a link should appear to bring you to it in a new window.

Happy New Year everyone!

How to hold a camera for best stability – Photo Tutorial 101 Take control of your camera – Episode 2

In this video I show how to properly hold your camera to have the best stability.

How to mount a canvas on a wall


In this video, I show how to mount a canvas on a wall. Many canvas prints and paintings don’t come with the fixings required to mount them, so I show you a low-cost option on how to mount your canvases. Basically for about 2$ you can get a kit which will let you mount 2-3 canvases, with plenty of spare parts.

Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash review

In this video, I do a review of the Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash.

What sold me on this flash was the following features:
-Guide Number of 60m at ISO 100
-E-TTL II, TTL, and Manual modes
-High Speed Synch (HSS)
-Built-in Wireless and IR remote master and slave
-Auto-Focus assist infrared beam (works in total darkness!)
-Depth-of-Field (DoF) preview button on camera activates flash for 1 second to see shadows
-20mm to 200mm zoom
-Light and Dark Orange gels and gel holder
-Built-in diffuser panel and bounce card
-Pouch that can attach to a belt or strap to carry your flash and flash foot

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i 3x 10x video crop zoom and other video options

In this video, I do a demonstration of the 3x-10x crop video mode of the Canon EOS Rebel T3i, and also explain the other video options accessible from the Q menu.

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StudioJPIC BTS Workflow from pre-production, to principal photography, to post-production

In this video, I show how I do most of the videos on this channel. From pre-production, to principal photography, to post-production, I show you how I set up my environment, film the video, and then edit it.

For the post-processing, I use Adobe Premiere Pro for the editing, and Adobe Audition for improving the audio.

I will add links throughout this video to more of my videos on each subject or piece of equipment mentioned.