Canon 7D Mark II ISO Testing

Before the 7D Mark II was released, I read research saying that on the original 7D, the native ISO was 160, and the best settings to use were multiples of 160 (160, 320, 640, etc). I wanted to know if this held true for the 7D Mark II.

This test was performed on the 7D Mark II (standard picture style and in-camera noise reduction off) with no lens and the body cap on - complete darkness. The left side of frame was boosted using an exposure curve in Davinci Resolve. The right side of frame is straight out of camera with no processing.

As you can see from the footage, this theory does hold true for the 7D Mark II.

MLK Day Celebration at University of Richmond

On Monday, January 16, 2017, the University of Richmond celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a Commemoration Ceremony.

University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia

University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia

Honoring the Legacy, Engaging the Dream

Honoring the Legacy, Engaging the Dream

Cassandra Taylor-Anderson and Tawyana Athey

Cassandra Taylor-Anderson and Tawyana Athey

"Frekoba" by the Ngoma African Dance Company
"Frekoba" by the Ngoma African Dance Company
Renata Harrison of Spiders Against Sexual Assault and Violence

Renata Harrison of Spiders Against Sexual Assault and Violence

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Joshua Kim of the Multicultural Student Solidarity Network

Joshua Kim of the Multicultural Student Solidarity Network

The Octaves

The Octaves

Joshua Young of the Roosevelt Institute

Joshua Young of the Roosevelt Institute

University President Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher introduces the Keynote Speaker

University President Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher introduces the Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Dr. Eboo Patel of Interfaith Youth Core

Keynote Speaker Dr. Eboo Patel of Interfaith Youth Core

Francheska Williams accompanied by Andrew Leisure

Francheska Williams accompanied by Andrew Leisure

Why can't I use the song I picked for my wedding film?

You spend hours picking out the perfect music for your wedding. Songs that perfectly represent how you and your significant other feel about each other. Unfortunately, many popular wedding songs can't be used in your wedding film.

Here's why.

Copyright

Any popular song that you hear on the radio is protected by copyright and most record labels have teams of lawyers that specialize in protecting their copyrighted material.  

Using copyrighted material without permission can lead to a penalty of up to $150,000 in damages.  In some cases, an infringement can become a felony with a $250,000 fine and five years in prison for a first offense and 10 years in prison for a second offense. 

The only legal way to use copyrighted music in your wedding film is through licensing the music with the publisher.

Licensing

According to Wikipedia, "music licensing is intended to ensure that the owners of copyrights on music works are compensated for certain uses of their work."  In other words, licensing gives you the legal right to use a copyrighted piece of music in accordance to the terms of your license.

For example, say you want to use "Marry You" by Bruno Mars in your wedding film. We can go over to the ASCAP website to find the publisher information, contact the publishers and work out a licensing deal.

Great, right?

Yes! Until you learn that most publishers won't even give you their time unless you have a budget of at least $10,000.

There is hope!

Fortunately, I have partnerships with several music licensing firms. While I may not be able to get the song you want, I have access to many popular songs, and I will ensure that you have beautiful music to accompany your wedding film.

Contact me today to discuss your wedding film and wedding video needs!

 

Question: What's your favorite wedding song? Comment below!

 

 

 

Sources:
https://www.lib.purdue.edu/uco/CopyrightBasics/penalties.html
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/punishment-violating-copyright-laws-55157.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_licensing

Behind the Scenes: Still Life

Here are a few behind the scenes images I snapped while on the set of "Still Life."

Written and directed by Zachary Mann of Illusion Filmworks
Starring: Katherine S. Wright, Michael Farmer, and Emily Sargeant
Makeup by Gabriella Lawson
Director of Photography: Rinny Wilson
1st Assitant Camera: AlexCoyle
Boom Operator/Sound Mixer, Grip, Gaffer: James M. Drake, Jr.

Update: The film has been released and can be viewed at https://youtu.be/ZbLu7dSJB5w

Travel Vlog #1: "ATL Shawty!"

The is footage from my wife and I's trip to Georgia in November 2015. On the way down, we decided that it would be cool to make a travel vlog.

We didn't have any mics or lighting with us, but we used what we had and it was a lot of fun! We will definitely be doing it again soon, so stay tuned!

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