Friday, August 18, 2017

Wedding Cinematography San Diego- now with 4K 10 bit and 12 bit raw, but what does that mean?

Earlier this year, we got a badass camera that shoots slow motion 4K and 10 bit, which yields some amazing results.

Here's a short clip from Cape Rey in Carlsbad:

Here's another teaser from a two location which started at La Valenica in La Jolla, and ended at the Grand Hyatt in downtown, San Diego.

And another two parter where the bride got ready at the presidential suite in the US Grant and had the ceremony and reception at Coasterra.

Now the gorgeous quality was shot in 4K and uploaded in regular HD. To see 4K samples, we'd be happy to show you it in person on a 4K monitor. But aside from capturing this in full 4K quality, the quality could be even better and more "cinematic". How? Well, we could shoot it in raw. That's always been an option, but typically out of the budget for most couples, as shooting on multiple REDS or Arris in raw would put the costs over $15,000, with multiple shooters and the 3 films we deliver on average. But now there's another solution:

Our recently acquired Canon C200!

We'll now be able to shoot in 4K slow motion in raw, and at a more reasonable rate for our wedding couples. The GH5 still offers 10bit Vlog for 4K, and coupled with the C200, we have endless opportunities to shoot the highest quality video for our clients. This allows us to color grade with the most flexibility and deliver with the least loss of degradation.

Want to talk more about the various options for capturing your wedding? Shoot us an email or call us!

Arash Tebbi

We're also offering a new option for filming 360 virtual reality with live streaming- on top of that, our new 360 camera shoots in 8K so that it displays in pristine 4K!!! To find out more about adding 360 degree filming to your wedding!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Stormy New York Engagement to a 4 day Orange County Indian Wedding

During the fall wedding season, I flew to New York for our first ever NYC engagement session, where our bride and groom were completing their medical school residency. Upon arriving, I was relieved that the weather was clear and warm. I incorrectly thought the engagement shoot, 2 days later, would be similar. #epicfail
The morning of the engagement shoot, it was apparent there was a storm that had landed overnight, and predicted more rain and heavier winds. When I met with out couple at 7am, we decided to change wardrobe slightly just to withstand the possible wetness that would follow. We each had umbrellas in hand, and for the first time in my life, I wrapped myself in a poncho.
What I originally thought was going to be a difficult and challenging day, proved to be one of the better engagements I’ve had the privlidge of capturing. First off, the storm was a blessing in disguise. The heavy rain, although making it difficult to navigate around central park where we started, also helped keep the tourists away.
We were able to roam around the park and briefly do some creative shots when the rain would subside. After central park, we went to the street and subway to get some key New York looking shots. Overall, it was a success.

A few months later, I had mentally and physically prepared to shoot 4 days straight for my first ever multi-day Indian wedding. The location would range from Diamond Bar to Orange County, which would ultimately be 1-1.5 hours from my home. It was more beneficial to me to be able to go home to back up the data after each night, and get a good night’s sleep in my own bed before the next day. We shot both at the groom’s parent’s house and at the bride’s house they had rented, as her entire family had come from the east coast.

Indian weddings span across multiple days because of the various types of traditional ceremonies that must take place. Since this was a traditional Sikh wedding, there were multiple traditional aspects to the 4 days, ranging from the Sangeet to the mehndi. Because of the various traditions associated with each, and our couple's slight divergence from some of these, I'll skip the specific details.

Some things that are important to at least put into perspective for those unfamiliar with multi-day weddings is first off, the bride has to have her make up done by around 5:30-6am on the ceremony day. This means we as photographers/cinematographers arrive before that to capture her finishing up. There are also lots of smaller traditions, where if you're not prepared, you'll completely miss. One such thing is the bride's family attempting to steal the groom's shoes after the ceremony. If after the exceptionally long ceremony you feel you can catch a break, you're wrong. An intense "fight to the death" or capture of the shoes erupts unexpectedly.

I took over 10,000 photos during the 4 days. If I wasn't in tip top shape physically, I would not have made it to the end. If I had not prepared mentally, I would have missed key moments. And if I didn't have such a large appetite for Indian food, I would have been severely disappointed by all of the delicious options offered several times a day.

Have questions about your upcoming wedding? Send me an email!

Photographer & Cinematographer