Learning new things, meeting new people and reuniting with old friends

Last Wednesday I took the opportunity to go to a workshop on DSLR film making.  I should say THE workshop on DSLR film making.  It's called Canon Filmmakers Live featuring Philip Bloom. He, Jon Connor and Cristina Valdivieso are putting on these day-long workshops around the country.  If you get a chance, go.  Really, you'll be glad you did. 

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I didn't realize just how much of a big deal Mr. Bloom is before I got there.  I had read his website and watched some of his training videos.  Those alone are worth your time.  During the workshop he showed us a few clips of his finished work, and some stills of his equipment.  And one of him with George Lucas.  Yes, that George Lucas.  Apparently Mr. Lucas and his colleagues are experimenting with using video shot on DSLRs for their movies.  Which, to me, means learning the best way to shoot video is a good way to spend time.

He spent the day sharing tips and answering questions about process and equipment. Even though it's called Canon Filmmakers Live, it's not sponsored by or associated with Canon.  Bloom demonstrated several different kinds of cameras.

I don't think I've had so much fun or learned so much in one day.  You don't have to be an expert shooter or a near newbie (like me) to learn a lot from this workshop.

There were full-time videographers, photographers, students and the 12-year-old in the picture below.

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He was asking questions about frame rates and Final Cut Pro.  I wish I could remember his name.  I won't be surprised if it comes up during awards show season in ten years or so.

Another good thing about this workshop, is that I got a chance to catch up with a couple of old friends.  One is Thomas Nybo.  I worked with him at CNN.  Now he's a correspondent and photographer with UNICEF.  My other friend is Joanna Banks-Morgan, of Diva Productions, a wedding videography company she runs with her husband, Rob.

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Joanna and I went to junior high school together.  We hadn't seen each other since then, but we had connected on Facebook.  It is interesting that you can not see someone for years, then pick up as if you just left English class yesterday.

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At the end of the class everyone headed to a meet-up at a nearby sports bar for pretty drinks, beer and food that couldn't possibly be good for anyone.

Jody Williams of http://www.jodylynnphoto.com/

Taken with a 50mm ƒ1.4 lens, 1/50 seconds at ƒ1.4, ISO 1600

 Taken with a 50mm ƒ1.4 lens, 1/30 seconds at ƒ1.4, ISO 1600

Taken with a 50mm ƒ1.4 lens, 1/60 seconds at ƒ1.8, ISO 1600 -- Jeff

Cristina Valdivieso