Journal

Ruminations about photography, travel and pursuing life.

Posts in video
How to Backup SD Cards Without a Computer (Video)

I hate traveling with a laptop. It’s bulky. It’s heavy. It’s literally a pain when carrying a bag full of camera gear. But without a laptop, how would I backup SD cards? Turns out, it’s doable thanks to some new devices ranging from super cheap to super expensive. In this video I break down the RavPower FileHub plus other product options for every budget to help you backup SD cards on the go.

videoTodd Dominey
Video: Best Travel Lens?

While visiting San Miguel de Allende, I took a look inside my camera bag and selected the one lens I couldn’t live without. The one lens I could have traveled to San Miguel with and left all my other lenses at home. I talk about that lens in the video above; discussing its strengths and weaknesses, and why — even with newer Canon RF lenses and mirrorless bodies — this older lens is still the right choice.

videoTodd Dominey
Video: Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

After photographing Cape Kiwanda and Hug Point in Oregon, I ventured further north to Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington. This beautiful stretch of beach is known for its towering, extraterrestrial sea stacks along the ocean’s edge. I was there all afternoon and into the evening, hoping for good weather, and by the end of the day my wish came true. Check out the video above to experience Ruby Beach and see some of my favorite landscape photos from that day.

videoTodd Dominey
Video: Cape Kiwanda and Hug Point in Oregon

Summer is such a magnificent time to visit the Pacific Northwest. The days are mild, the nights are cool, and there’s plenty to see and do. For that reason — and because we have family in the Seattle area — I recently traveled with my family to the Oregon and Washington coast.

I first experienced the Oregon coast many years ago as a teenager, and still remember everything about that experience in vivid detail. The driftwood, the sea-stacks, the moody atmosphere. I loved it. So as part of our summer vacation plans this year, we flew to Portland, then drove a couple of hours west to Oceanside.

While there we built bonfires on the beach at night, explored neighboring state parks during the day, and then — when the light was right — I’d grab my photography gear and head out solo. Two destinations which proved especially fruitful were Cape Kiwanda and Hug Point, both of which are featured in the travel vlog video embedded above.

videoTodd Dominey
Video: Reviewing the MediaLight Eclipse

Recently I decided to update the lighting in my home office to make it more suitable for editing photos and videos. Before, my office was illuminated with overhead lights and table lamps using “warm white” LED bulbs. As much as I like the look of these bulbs (for they resemble old incandescents), they add far too much yellow and orange to the ambient light of my workspace. I considered replacing all the bulbs, but then my office would look like a hospital. I tried editing in the dark, but then my eyes burned out. Seeking an alternate solution, I came across the MediaLight Eclipse, a bias lighting system specially made for film editors, photographers, and anyone doing sensitive color work on their displays.

Does it work? Did it improve my setup? Check out the video above where I unbox, install, and test it out.

Fixing washed out videos from Premiere Pro (Mac)
premiere-screens.jpg

Since I first started editing content in Premiere Pro on my iMac, I’ve had ongoing problems with exported video appearing softer, lighter, and with less contrast compared to the source video inside Premiere.

See the image above for comparison. The top image was captured from the timeline in Premiere Pro on my iMac. The second image was captured from QuickTime using the same video exported to H.264 (using the default YouTube settings). The third image was also captured in QuickTime, except this time the video was exported using a new Gamma Compensation LUT provided by Adobe.

By applying this LUT on export, your rendered videos will look very similar to how they appear inside Premiere, which is huge help when color grading. There are all kinds of technical reasons for why this is even happening, which you can read about on the page linked above if interested. Overall though, I’m thrilled to have this issue finally resolved, even if it means the extra step of adding a LUT everytime I export a video.

By the way, if you’re interested in checking out some of the videos I’ve been producing lately, head over to my YouTube channel.

New Video: Must Have Accessories for Iceland

After my most recent trip to Iceland — a trip in which my Canon 5D Mark IV unfortunately succumbed to the elements — I decided to create a follow-up video of recommended photo accessories and other general tips for those photographers who may be planning their own trip to the land of fire and ice.

Iceland’s weather is famously unpredictable, with everything from rain to snow to cold temperatures to high wind. It’s a place which demands extra vigilance and care when protecting your camera gear. And because of Iceland’s geographical remoteness, the gear you have is typically the gear you bring, so you want to make sure you’re packing all the right things before scanning that boarding pass.

This video, by the way, is the first of its kind for me. I’ve been slowly putting together a space in my home to produce videos like these, one light and boom stand at a time. I’m a total amateur when it comes to producing content like this, but I’m having a great time doing it, and expect to get better at it as time marches on.

Check out the video above, and if you’d like to be notified whenever a new video is posted, subscribe to my channel over at YouTube.

Must Have Photo Accessories for Iceland

videoTodd Dominey