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happy photographer smiles while she makes video

I am a happy photographer who smiles when she makes video and flies her drone, whilst tapping out her favourite tune on her knee. We love this work. (FYI – in case you did not notice, this post is all about me – but in the process it’s about your journey too. You – oh fellow creator of life changing, human improving content!)

I AM A HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHER

Being a happy photographer means you’ve balanced work that generates payment with work you love to make. Means you make photographs because you love the work, and you have the creativity and energy to continue learning a little each time. And sharing. And bringing love into people’s lives. (and I can shoot photo even when a migraine is in full swing…something about being behind the lens…it’s magical healing powers)

HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHER SMILES WHILE MAKING VIDEO

Being a smiling video maker means you’ve (hopefully) charged enough for the work you love to make, and you still love it, 18 hours after your edits are still not done. And you still love it after the client asks for more edits than you were paid for, and you still love it when the work you do is shared and cried over and watched by thousands. And you still love it when your family hire other people to make video for them. (!!?!!) Even then!

BIGGEST POWER BOOST – watch other people’s work. Look for challenging shots and duplicate. Master that one technique..and slay the skills one at a time!

WANT TO EMULTE THIS SHOT #1

King Arthur & The Legend Of The Sword – running from the Black Legs through Londinium – there’s Arthur, Percival, Rubio, Bedevere – the tiny hemmed in lanes and the camera is on their wrist or shoulder mount and you get this insane up close up of their facial expressions as they yell ‘move’ ‘move’

WANT TO EMULATE THIS SHOT #2

Opening Scene of King Arthur Legend Of The Sword CGI – i know but the swinging elephants trunk as it crushes a tower, and the horse galloping under it just before it crumbles!! And the music!!!!!

Adobe Premiere Pro – Final Cut Pro – Red – Arri – Sony – Iphone: it’s about lighting and composition in the end. Whatever device is in your hand.

I am a smiling videographer. Fore sure. Why? You know, if you make video, it’s because it is raw and real and tells the story. And YOU are the creator. And being the creator is an honour and a privilege and one that can not be replaced lightly. You should consider yourself an exceptional person in the sense that to tell our story it is first a skill with the eye of the beholder and secondly a skill with the camera.

Don’t underestimate your talent! Being a video creator is a creative journey that can not be given as a skill, it has to be learned and truly utterly earned.

THE EDITING SIDE OF IT IS VERY REWARDING, SUPER LONG AND TIME CONSUMING.

Hiring a post production team is a great idea, then you get more people who love what they do and are working because they love it. And want to do it more. Right? We hope so. But I’ve only ever hired three people to work with me. Each time their work was absolutely exceptional. And I think we all learned alot.

if you send us some money we will be available to listen and respond to your pro requests, questions and send you regular creator information. whether its how best to learn to fly a drone, which drone to fly or what side the logo should be on your photographs, wedding photo, real estate videos or million dollar yachts promos…we are pros and we knows..and we get the motion graphics and the subtitles and the intro and the outro

happy photographer smiles while she makes video

LETTING EDITING GO – LEAP OF FAITH?

elopement – 4 vendors, 4 hours to shoot. 24 hours to edit. friends for life – and featured in wedding magazines, 100%

The video above was shot by myself and my husband. I also shot photographs for this couple, they are being featured in the online magazine www.whatifweelope.com @whatifweelope in December. When you let the editing go, whether it is photo or video, you give up the creative process. Yes. You do. BUT….

GIVING UP PHOTO EDITING You no longer decide the framing, the tone, the color, the cropping, the spot removal. But you get all the time you need to go shoot more photos and video.

GIVING UP VIDEO EDITING You no longer have control over the story, someone else creates the magic. With the work you have shot. Let’s hope they don’t call you and say, I can’t work with this…that’s never happened to me. But I am very aware of quality now, since I look back over my older work and see terrible mistakes.

EDIT IN HOUSE OR SEND IT OUT?

When you embark on a journey saying I want to make a difference in people’s lives with my skills, make their memories legendary and help them capture the meaning in a moment. That is when you are truly alive. When you are being true to your inner drive. But can you afford to live on it? I make the content in order to make more content…if I have enough income that month to replace a broken lens, fabulous…I can rarely afford editing services. But a broken lens needs fixing

Whether you edit in house or send it away is up to you. If you are BURNED OUT and not getting enough sleep (hello….anyone?) then maybe send the content away this one time…you never know that may be the beginning of a great partnership in visual content production.

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happy photographer smiles while she makes video

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New Advert Design

new advert design

New advert design for Weddings Today, our wedding film & photography website. Our new world wide wedding meeting place for couples and wedding professionals that we have worked with and all of you we have not yet met.

I’m excited that the weddingstoday.co.uk site is seeing more traffic, quite rapidly. Thanks to social media and blogging, our carefully executed work, and Google Ads. It’s a challenge opening a new business venture. The social media marketing is absolutely helping us carefully make our way into the wedding world.

But I’ve seen some REALLY odd behaviour from various wedding companies who claim to bring couples into contact with wedding vendors. And since ‘Borrowed & Blue’ went out of business because of fraud it’s been a sort of suspicious and slippery looking out the side of my eye, slope for me. I just haven’t met anyone at these three ( naming no names ) companies with 100% integrity.

INDEPENDENCE FEELS SO GOOD

Designing my own advertisement is a new thing for me. I decided I’m going to cut the middle woman out….it’s always a good friend who designs online advertisements for me. And, yeah, maybe sh could have done a better job, but something weird is happening to me. In this moment. I FEEL LIKE DOING IT MYSELF IS A POWERFUL CHOICE.

So. Here it is, the Key Largo Chamber Of Commerce will be running this in their magazine. Must say it was a lot easier than I thought….hope you love it and feel free to share what you think. Like, maybe that color is not easy to read on that background? But remember – we really love what we do, and are exceptionally good at it. And your honest opinion will really help me improve my reach and our fledgling companies’ success.

NEW ADVERT DESIGN – IN ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

I’ve never used printed advertisements before. Adobe Illustrator is a fabulous resource. You can decide the precise sizes and add all kinds of objects, logos, photos and manipulate them all just like you would a photoshop document. I’m excited, I’ll be adding social media pots soon that are all fully designed in AI. Go ADOBE!

STYLED ELOPEMENT SHOT AT KEY LARGO’S KONAI KAI, BELOW WAS SHOT ON A SONY ALPHA 9, DRONE VIDEO SHOT ON THE DJI INSPRIE1 PRO WITH THE ZENMUSE X5S. EDITED WITH ADOBE PREMIERE PRO & HOSTED ON VIMEO.COM/SKYBORNVISUAL


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Photo 1hr 100 Photos

Engagement, Elopement, Wedding, Natural Light or Flash Portrait & Sunsets – Additional Hours Can Be Added As YOU Need
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$400

Wedding Photo 3hrs 200 Photos

Select From – Details, Preparations, Couple Portraits, Bridal Party, Your Vows, Ceremony, First Dances, Speeches, Party Party 20 page photo book
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Wedding Photo 5hrs 400 Photos

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Select From – Details, Preparations, Couple Portraits, Bridal Party, Your Vows, Ceremony, First Dances, Speeches, Party Party 20 Page Photo Book
TWO Canvas 20 x 24 Prints
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Really Good Film & Pretty Good Photography

January has been a whirl wind month, while we determinedly continue to make really good film, the trend that began in 2018 towards pretty good photography, has become a constant parallel path upon which we find ourselves. Improving both fine photographic skills with family portraits and engagements, and weddings, as well as yacht film, business promos and featured wedding films.

Photographic and Film clientele are about the same in frequency now. In the wedding world, we have had some big wins with featured stories in wedding magazines, and the first engagement shoot, on the beach at the Hampton Inn, and our first family photo shoot for a famous nutritionist and celebrity chef, Katherine Mattox.

When I say photography is keeping pace with the film production. I pinch myself. I asked a very famous photographer (no names) what he would do, when I have this talent for film but love photography as much, he said pick one. I said I can’t. He said, well pick one for now, then pick the other in a year.

SO YOU LOVE FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY, WELL PICK ONE FOR NOW THEN PICK THE OTHER IN A YEAR

– anonymous famous photographer

Our tech has kept pace with the demands of 6 hour hot sun, ocean, sand, drunken wedding guests, wayward dogs, 100’s of thousands of miles of air travel. Wanting to share this almost end of January post to help anyone who is into this business, get a comparable view of what we use. Also, if you have a comment that would help us improve our work, please please share it in the comments. Only useful and positive comments are allowed here. We have a standard of polite and respectful behaviour.

FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY

THE best film and photography. Since January 1 2020 no drones have flown away or sunk beneath the waves. (Actually since January 1 2019 also) but Murphy’s law says something rubbish will happen eventually, but until it does this year has been a 100% visually creative winner.

QUALITY EQUIPMENT

The equipment is still all Sony Alpha 7RII AND A9 – lenses of note are the new Sony macro lens for the studio jewellery photography, and the drones are still the DJI Inspire 1 with the Zenmuse X5s and the Mavic 2 Pro with the Hasselblad Camera and the GoPro Karma Drone with the GoPro Hero 7 on board.

MAGLITE

The biggest change this year was the addition of ‘Maglites’ to the collection. Magnetic lighting system, keeps the white diffuser (and any other magnetic filter) strongly on the flash so you don’t get that harsh shadow blasting in the face. I use my flashes a lot for people and dog portraits. Lovely soft light is a magic specialty that we are always testing and perfecting, fine tuning. Light is the key to everything.

TASCAM REVELATION IN AUDIO

Audio has been boosted by the new technology of digital audio recording with the Tascam line of products. I remember one wedding when the groom sweated so much the mic unit shorted and I lost all the audio. Except the back up, which was thankfully good enough. Tascam is a solid digital audio recorder small enough to go in a tight jeans pocket and is worn by the speaker. On board sd card records it all so even if it dies from salt immersion the sd will still have the content. SD’s are surprisingly water resistant.

MacBook Pro ‘ARE YOU KEEPING THAT?’

Bought with the promise I’d return it before the return by date, I had one job after another following the purchase of this machine of magic. So I justified keeping it, since I needed to keep editing, since then I’ve been asked by all our Christmas holiday skiing gang from Vermont, everyone wants to know, ‘do you still have it, are you keeping the MacBook??’

Gosh. Human behaviour 101. I failed to live up to my word. But I’m afraid I don’t care this time. Because, another revelation; a MacBook Pro is fabulous for editing mobile.

It isn’t cheap and it isn’t so small with the 16″ screen, but it’s a powerful beastie. I tried editing on the road from Key Largo to VT with a Surface Pro but that was uncommonly slow and painful. That took 1 day to edit a 10 minute clip. It took me one afternoon to finish the entire hour of footage into a beautiful 10 minute 3 minute and 1 minute edit on the MacBook Pro. I LOVE this machine; YES you’ll need an external storage ssd. I have 2TB it’s fantastic. Get the quality SanDisk with the USB C and your problems will go away. I seem to burn battery fast.

BATTERY AZIZ!

Premiere Pro full 90 minutes of film content edited into 3 minutes and Lightroom CC 1500 photographs edited into 240 perfect shots uploaded to our http://www.nadakhalafjones.com gallery. That is basic day of editing for me. But I find the battery dies quite fast. Often see the end of the battery, completely, before I’m done editing. I want more juice guys. So, I’d say about a 2 out of 5 on battery. I don’t care if it isn’t supposed to last that long. FIX IT.

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Toys For So Many Florida Keys

Florida Keys Event Photography this annual Florida Keys Toys For Tots is inspirational. We love to photograph volunteers giving their weekend time so that families and children will receive much needed gifts during the Christmas season.

For more information visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/keystoys4tots/

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