New Blog Site for Panasonic AF100 Users

•February 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I would like to announced that I’ve started a new blog for users and enthusiasts of the Panasonic AF100 HD video camera. It can be found at http://AF100Central.com

Please come by and share in the knowledge. If you would like to send a link to AF100 footage for inclusion, send an email with  your link to AF100Central (at) gmail (daht) com.

AF100 Central

Panasonic AG-AF100 Users: It’s Firmware Update Time!

•February 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Panasonic AG-AF100 firmware updatePanasonic AF100 users, if you haven’t already heard, there is a firmware update available for your camera. The upgrade improves the color displayed in the LCD, as well as some problem with Mac operation. Something about a hidden file that Macs use. But the most important update is this: When you are using the camera in VFR (variable frame rate) mode, now there will be an icon in your viewfinder that tells you that audio is NOT being recorded. In case you weren’t aware, before the update, your audio meters would function as normal, even though your camera was not recording audio in VFR mode. This is a VERY important fix, because even if you are recording at the standard frame rate for your scene file when in VFR mode, the camera will still not record audio, UNLIKE the HPX170, which WOULD record audio when you put it back to your scene file’s frame rate after over or undercranking it. With the AF100, you actually have to go into the menu and turn off VFR mode in the scene file.

Click here to download the firmware update from Panasonic:

I’m Bringing Blogging Back (to this one anyway)

•February 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a long time since I’ve made any new entries on this particular blog, and the main reason seems to be an occurrence of blog-tool-overload. There are a lot of blogging platforms and tools available these days and my experimental nature makes me want to try all of them.

This WordPress blog was my first “real” attempt at maintaining a legitimate online journal presence, although chronologically, there was a livejournal page before this one. That was ten years ago, though, before I really hit my stride as a professional photographer, and I didn’t really have a lot of interesting photo posts — something this blog is centered around. So, I just won’t count the livejournal page. It was just a bunch of whining anyway, I’m pretty sure. I don’t remember.

In my absence from regular WordPress posts, I’ve tried other platforms like Uber (awesome, but now defunct), deviantART (useful but over-run with bad anime artists and amateur photogs who are addicted to their own page view count), Facebook (useful for keeping up with friends, but the worst blogging platform imaginable), Myspace (a vicious lie; I never tried keeping an active blog on myspace — I’m not in a band, or sixteen years old, or both), Blogspot and TypePad (suck and suck), and who knows what else.

Of all the blogging platforms I’ve tried, I’ve yet to find one that can match WordPress in the amount of great tools available, ease-of-use, and awesome PageRank when it comes to getting my blog entries seen in relevant Google searches. WP wins, and I’m back. This blog is once again active as the main outlet for my net-based wisdom, which I’m sure you’re all clamoring for right about now. Please try to contain yourselves; I’ll be posting soon.

Boxing Day at Randazzo Bros. Gym

•February 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

There is a new photo post at my new permanent blog site, TheShooter.net. Come have a look! And be sure to subscribe to the new RSS feed once you’re there to receive automatic updates!

A Good Day, Remembered.

•January 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This has been a good day.

We were given a reprieve from our week of Rain, and enjoyed a brisk sunny day; the weather was perfect for a memorial. Today, we celebrated the life of Robert “Mac” McLeroy, master photographer and friend and inspiration to many, myself included. Mac passed just before Christmas, due to complications from a stroke. Today, friends, colleagues, and family gathered to remember him.

J. Michael Short spoke, and spoke well:

Robert "Mac" McLeroy Memorial Service

Photographer and friend, J. Michael Short, speaks during the memorial service for photographer Robert "Mac" McLeroy, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Kevin Geil sang, beautifully:

Robert "Mac" McLeroy Memorial Service

Kevin Geil sings during the memorial service for photographer Robert "Mac" McLeroy, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Many friends and colleagues came to the service.

Robert "Mac" McLeroy Memorial Service

Atmosphere as seen during the memorial service for photographer Robert "Mac" McLeroy, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Robert "Mac" McLeroy Memorial Service

Atmosphere as seen during the memorial service for photographer Robert "Mac" McLeroy, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Robert "Mac" McLeroy Memorial Service

Guests view a slideshow featuring photos of Mac during the memorial service for photographer Robert "Mac" McLeroy, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Robert "Mac" McLeroy Memorial Service

Atmosphere as seen during the memorial service for photographer Robert "Mac" McLeroy, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Robert "Mac" McLeroy Memorial Service

A therapy dog who visited Mac in the hospital was a special guest at the memorial service for photographer Robert "Mac" McLeroy, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Mac’s gear rested on the sign-in table. This made me sad; he had it around his neck the last time I saw him, when we ran into each other in Alamo Plaza as we were covering Luminaria last year.

Robert "Mac" McLeroy Memorial Service

Mac's gear rests on the sign-in table during the memorial service for photographer Robert "Mac" McLeroy, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

A portrait of Mac adorned the cover of the service program. It’s a fantastic image.

Robert "Mac" McLeroy Memorial Service

A portrait of Mac is printed on the program of the memorial service for photographer Robert "Mac" McLeroy, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Rest in Peace, Mac. Your influence will live on.

CES Blog #4 – Finally, Some Content

•January 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I think the best thing about CES may have been the fact that it kept me so busy I couldn’t gamble. Well, being broke in the first place also helps for keeping one from the tables, but I’ll go ahead and blame it on the convention, since I don’t care to dwell on the “broke” part. There is so much going on, that daily publications are distributed so the enthusiastic techie can keep abreast of the latest and greatest.

CES attendees read periodicals about the convention.

CES attendees read daily news about the convention in the foyer of the Las Vegas convention center. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Ed (@elozano on Twitter) and I were at CES for only two days, which simply wasn’t enough. To really take in what CES has to offer, you need to go for all four days. Bring a good pair of walking shoes and eat a good breakfast, because even if you rush it, I’m not sure if four days is enough time to see everything. It probably isn’t.

Palm trees and taxis framed against a Vegas sunset from the consumer electronics show

This was our view leaving CES on the first night. Not bad, I don't think. The taxis even add character. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Another really cool thing about covering a tech convention like CES is that they realize how important blogging and other types of social media are to the industry. Technology is really one area where citizen journalists can make a big difference. Manufacturers and designers have learned that the voice of the People is the best way to let them know what they should be doing, and the new social media has made it easier than ever for them to hear us. And they do listen.

Blogger Lounge sign at CES Las Vegas

Sign outside the blogger lounge at CES in Las Vegas. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

I was impressed with the fact that the organizers established a blogger lounge, with free WiFi, charging stations, fast LAN access, public terminals with a printer, couches, TVs, and free coffee and snacks to boot. Nice touch! I hope that next year they make the room a little larger though because once the show started that place was packed. It looked like a squatters’ rally, with people camped out on every flat surface available. Needless to say this really choked up the WiFi as well which wasn’t a big deal for writers but when one is trying to move video stories across the net like we were, things got a bit frustrating at times. It didn’t help that Ed’s 4G Sprint service was a joke, and my AT&T iPhone access was even worse. Yes, AT&T, even though the iPhone is the best thing ever, you still suck.

Self-Portrait in Window at Sunset, CES Las Vegas

I managed to get my focus right as I snapped this self portrait as the sun set through the window of the Las Vegas convention center

The big theme for this year – and I mean big – seemed to be new technologies in television. All the big manufacturers, and a lot I’d never heard of, were seriously representing with their dazzling new screens. There were hundreds of awesome flat panel units on display and the quality of all of them was amazing. The Samsung display was just crazy. I had to document it with the iPhone video because the lens on my GF1 wasn’t wide enough to get it all in one shot.

Television was definitely the top buzz once you were in the show. Outside the show, it was probably tablets, but inside, there were awesome TVs everywhere. Yes, television, and now, 3D Television. New 3D systems and their corresponding goggles were all the rage on the display floor. I’m sorry, but not even the best models look good wearing these things.

A model at the Panasonic booth models 3D glasses for use with new 3D TV displays.

A model at the Panasonic booth models 3D glasses for use with new 3D TV displays. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

Here are some more TVs:

Televisions on display at CES 2010 in Las vegas

Attendees at CES 2010 look at the latest in television technology on the show floor. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

I think my favorite display was the Intel Infoscape cube, which was, essentially, a seven-foot glass wall that displays 500 real-time streams of just about anything you like, mapped onto cubes that one can interact with. Here’s a short video I shot on my way out of the hall, which will explain it much better than I can:

CES Blog Post #3 – Press Credentials and Nice People

•January 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s always cool to run into someone nice who is happy to help you out. When Ed and I showed up at the LVCC today to pick up our credentials for CES, it wasn’t obviously evident where we should go, but we found it, after spending a few minutes outside getting some b-roll of the convention center and people walking in and out. Once in the registration area, a VERY nice lady helped us out and got us on our way. I don’t know her name, but here she is:

CES Las Vegas

The very nice lady who helped us register. She made me promise not to post her on America's Most Wanted... As if I have that kind of power. 😉

After geting our press credentials in order, and picking up the very nice canvas shoulder bag (gotta love press swag) they gave us, we headed up to the blogger lounge, which is where we are now.

Blogger lounge at CES Las Vegas

View from our table in the blogger lounge at CES in Las Vegas (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

We’re about the head back downstairs to get some more b-roll of the convention floor as they’re setting up for the opening of the show tomorrow. Then it’s time for a quick lunch before we go to the Panasonic presser, which we should be streaming live on Ustream. We will tweet the URL when we go live. Be sure to follow @peakaction @elozano @newmediascoop for all the latest tweets from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas!