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Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 5


Once again, we’re so grateful to Douglas Spotted Eagle for this incredibly insightful series. Douglas has imparted just a small part of his seemingly unending wisdom on important parts of shooting like lenses, green screens, digital messaging, budget, dialogue, stock media and so much more. So, as the series winds down, we want to know: What would you like to hear Douglas cover? Leave your comments here on the blog and tell us what you’re dying to know about video production. We’re sure Douglas will be thrilled to answer.

For the penultimate episode in the series, Douglas discusses

  • Editing
  • Creating a grid
  • Transitions
  • Sony Vegas Pro

Once again, thanks to Douglas for all of this!

VistekCCVM-5 from Vistek on Vimeo.

Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 4


In this latest installment of Douglas Spotted Eagle’s series on compelling video messaging, he discusses Cold Production, Screen Captures, and what should be in YOUR production kit.

Create Compelling Video Messages Pt. 4 from Vistek on Vimeo.

Toronto Urban Photography Festival and The Disposable Camera Project

DCP debuted as a installation in the Toronto Urban Photography Festival in 2013. Since then, DCP—which formally launched last July—has expanded into an international street-photography phenomenon in cities including Vancouver, Montréal, Amsterdam, Auckland, Los Angeles, Jakarta, Tokyo, and Brooklyn. DCP aims to democratize street photography by actually involving the people on the street.

Disposable Camera Project @the CNE

Disposable Camera Project at the CNE

Cameras are placed across cities and everyday people are encouraged to take pictures, capturing moments that might have otherwise gone forever uncaptured. From silly selfies, to breathtaking sunsets, to stolen kisses, our albums have captured the gamut of urban life on film. DCP wants to tell the stories of people in cities all over the world through the people themselves. It’s street photography showcasing people on the street BY the people on the street: a collaborative, crowdsourced worldwide urban census. Spontaneous, unplanned & unfiltered. That’s DCP.

Opening Gala/TUPF Closing Party: July 11 6:30-11pm
Section 37 Gallery – 180 Sudbury St – Concourse Level


How the Livestream HD510 can Change the Way you do Business


Last week, we got into the various products that offer live streaming capability. This week, we’re going a bit more in depth about one specific product – the Livestream HD510 –  a revolutionary solution that can turn even the smallest space into a full-fledged TV studio.

Rarely does such small, portable technology offer such sweeping changes for a business. Check out a video presentation from NAB to get a better idea:

as a case study (we’ll have more about it coming soon), Vistek’s downtown Toronto store is now officially using the Livestream HD510 to push every one of its upcoming seminars live on the web. So whether they’re teaching DSLR Basics or educating pros about a brand new video camera, you can learn all about it from anywhere – and yes, that includes your phone/tablet.

Imagine what technology like this can do for you. From a massive (and growing) collection of professionally-designed, importable graphics, split screen capability, versatile integration of hundreds of different cameras and so much more, this is the solution to take any production to the furthest reaches of your imagination.

To put it simply, the Livestream HD510 is pretty much the kind of tech you saw in movies about the not-to-distant-future – come to life.

Top 4 Mistakes Photographers Make Working with a Makeup Artist

Natalia Zurawska has been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. Having had had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing international photographers, Zurawska has learned a thing or two from her experiences. That being said, Natalia has shared some top-notch feedback with us. Take it away, Natalia!

Many common errors can easily solve a lot of time, money as well as frustration so that every shoot is fun and seamless – no pun intended. So here are 4 of the ones I’ve noticed most in my time working with Photographers.

IMG_221. Lack of Communication

Communication is key to every relationship and a lack of it causes unnecessary stress and frustration. Creatives are a great way to build teams. A creative is when a photographer, makeup/hair artist, model and sometimes wardrobe stylist get together and collaborate on a photo shoot for their portfolio. It is also called a TFP – time for prints.

As a photographer, you are the boss. Decide what kind of shoot you would like to work on and who you would like to work with that is perfect for the job. Discuss ideas, additional expenses if they are needed and email everyone to keep them in the loop and set up a date. Also discuss if you provide prints for free or just digital files.

IMG_212. Lack of Scheduling

It is really important to find out how long it will take to do a particular hairstyle or makeup look. Also, some makeup artists just do makeup, find out if they do both makeup and hair or if you will need a separate hair person as well as an assistant if you are using more than one model. Having people standing around creates a lot of chatter and lack of focus. Make a schedule for the day of the shoot so that everything is neatly organized. This way everyone knows what is expected and runs smoothly.

3. Lack of Details

Sometimes shoots are outdoors. Make sure to let everyone know this so they may dress appropriately. If you are shooting out of town, make sure everyone has a way to get there if they don’t drive. Ask if anyone has any allergies. There are many little details like this that may be overlooked and yet make a huge difference when shooting.

IMG_044. Lack of Good Treatment

As a photographer it is up to you to provide food if it is going to be a long day. Water should always be handy. If it is cold outside, having a heater or warming gloves makes a big difference. Treating everyone well, creates amazing results and lasting relationships. Always pay on time and provide any additional expense money up front or on the day of the shoot. The more fun and positive the atmosphere, the better the experience for everyone.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips! Happy Shooting Everyone!

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