A series of photographs documenting the city of Cleveland celebrating its first NBA championship.
More to come...
Took a couple months longer than expected after the initial launch with learning how to edit code to make the experience much better! Check out what's currently available in men's and women's shirts and hoodies!
As some of you may know from social media (snapchat: bsmittydotcom / Instagram @bsmittydotcom) I dropped my Sony rx100iv and sent it out for repair. They ended up calling me to tell me the camera was wasted and beyond repair and since I had drop coverage I went to the store to get it replaced. I talked to one of the sales associates for a bit and he said they issue credit so I didn't have to swap out with the same camera if I didn't want to.
*The Sony rx100iv is amazing, for it being able to fit in most pockets it is the best in portability. I highly recommend this camera. I 90% of the time kept it on my Peak Design Capture Clip, which was one of the reasons I ended up making the decision on a different camera.
I got the Sony a6300, stepping up to a larger sensor just sounded amazing, which I compared it to the rx100iv, the max iso was better quality on the a6300 at 25,600 than the rx100iv at 12,800. Those are high iso numbers that aren't typically used, but a better reference is from my basic non scientific tests 10,000 iso was the same as 3,200 on the rx. The a6300 noise regardless is much more attractive.
The kit lens on the a6300 is a 16-50mm and I really think it's a great lens, mixed reviews on the internets but sometimes I feel that certain bloggers talk down on lower priced lenses based on extreme pixel peeping and it's usually an unfair comparison anyways. Get what you want or can afford. (Just make photographs)
I got the Sony 20mm 2.8 the day before I left to New York. I did some basic around the house shooting with the camera and didn't even shoot with the new lens until I was on my way to NYC.
My window on the plane was actually quite dirty, these turned out pretty well considering that.
Photographing NYC is an interesting experience, I feel I tend to photograph differently when I am there, the people and energy interests me the most. Each time I've questioned myself after if I could have done things better or differently.
3 days of photographs coming soon.
Set up a video kit like Kristian Svitak:
I suggest using the GoPro Hero 4 Silver: http://tinyurl.com/znqf3kq
Another version of Sunpak handle: http://tinyurl.com/zggddz5
I suggest the Rode VideoMic Go while skating: http://tinyurl.com/zjamnbs
Manfrotto video light: http://tinyurl.com/jtbfzep
Cheaper video light: http://tinyurl.com/jogds5q
I filmed episode 4 with:
DJI Osmo: http://tinyurl.com/z8ylhmc
DJI Straight Arm: http://tinyurl.com/hyxp2mx
DJI Univeral Mount: http://tinyurl.com/jy2994n
Rode VideoMicro: http://tinyurl.com/jkh6kqn
DJI Extension Stick: http://tinyurl.com/j7aocz9
Sony RX100 IV: http://tinyurl.com/z28a6g7
The genius of photography was a BBC tv documentary series released in 2007. All I knew about photography at that time was within the skateboarding industry and didn't really study the history of it. My friend Larkey came home for Christmas in December 2009 and gave me a dvd to watch that featured the BBC documentary, it was a week before I went on a nationwide skateboarding tour. After watching that documentary I knew my thoughts on photography changed. Before then I focused on photographing skateboarding tricks to get in the big name magazines, when I left for tour I wanted to photograph life around me. Which led to my first zine "fancy that" which was featured on the little brown mushroom blog by magnum photographer Alec soth. After that nationwide tour I stopped photographing skateboarding almost completely.
the genius of photography is the root of where I found photographers that give me the motivation to create and have respect for what they've done. From time to time I will talk about these photographers and often times more than once.
I have been shooting with continuous lighting for a while now, I like seeing the scene or portrait lit how I want it. The great thing about technology now it has enabled photographing some shoots without assistants a lot easier. This light is a Neewer 126 LED light
It's not a huge light, but this is more for me it is the perfect artistic light source. It's light so it's easy to just throw in a bag, takes batteries, tripod/hot shoe mount, and has a dimmer. In the above image I have it rigged on a medium size cheap tripod that I use as a stick and photograph wirelessly while holding it in position.
The motivation room doesn't exist yet. I plan at some point in my life to have a room dedicated as a content office surrounded by everything that has motivated me along the way.
Photographer Richard Avedon had a space like this...
I have this thing that sometimes happen where I know I need to organize photos, edit, work on blog posts, but I just sit there and watch time pass.. This is something I'm working on, to create when I can because life is too fast... Something you really notice as an artist in the Darkness and Light documentary. I feel that the time I have the motivation room surrounding myself with artifacts will for sure change the way I think and work.