Podcast with Citrus Room [LISTEN]

Last month, I stopped by Citrus Room Seattle to chat social media, life hacks, “Backpack Drake,” and the 2 quotes that have helped me navigate my creative journey. 

Listen to the full podcast HERE.

Check out a few snippets below:


2 Quotes


On Free Advice


On The “After Hour” Name


On “Backpack Drake”


-Amir


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Behind The Scenes || Rooftop Doodle Video

Here’s a little split screen video from my Rooftop Session with Dave. I’m using my Canon 5D Mark II on a Glidecam HD 4000. Lens is a 17-40mm F4.

BTS Video (Iphone)

I was hoping to make this blog post a complete walkthrough of the process but I accidentally deleted a bunch of source files and color files. 

So here’s this for now. Quality isn’t great but hey, 1 is better than 0. It’s something. Next blog will be settings and doodle stuff.

Full Video

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How To Edit Your Photos Using Google’s FREE Nik Collection + Bonus Tip [VIDEO]

Google recently made their Nik Collection FREE FOR YOU TO DOWNLOAD.

I’ve purchased this plug-in set twice in the past because I use it so much. The fact that it is free now, is HUGE.

Here’s how you can download it and how I like to use my favorite plug-in, Analog Efex Pro.


Step 1:

Download Google’s Nik Collection HERE

Step 2:

Install. Launch. And follow the steps in the video below.


My Workflow:


And that’s it!

Feel free to tag me on social media on images you’ve editing using this workflow. I’d love to check them out.

Questions about camera settings? Send me a message and I’ll share you what I use.

We’re in this together.

Happy shooting.

-Amir


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How to Make Your DSLR Video Look More Cinematic || Color Grading Tutorial

Many people are surprised when I tell them that the majority of my videos on my website were shot on an 8 year-old Canon DSLR. The truth is, you don’t need the latest and greatest gear to create cinematic video. You just need to tweak a few picture settings and know how to leverage free editing software that will allow you to manually adjust and color grade your dslr footage. Yes, for free.

Here’s how:

Step 1:

Download the free version of Davinci Resolve Lite.

Step 2:

Download Technicolor Cinestyle or VisionLOGraw (or use your camera’s NEUTRAL picture setting and turn contrast all the way down).

Step 3:

Install Technicolor Cinestyle or VisionLog to your camera. [VIDEO]

Step 4:

Color Correct your footage [as shown in the video tutorial above].

Step 5:

Color Grade your footage [as shown in the video tutorial above].

Step 6:

Export your footage / save to your computer / open in linear editing suite or imovie.


Questions about camera settings? Send me a message and I’ll share you what I use.

We’re in this together.

Happy shooting.

-Amir


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Robin “Protoman” Rojas | The Next Episode Remix

This project reminded me of 2 important things. First, always bring power chargers for your equipment. The Ronin I was using that day died just as we wrapped our main shoot. I was hoping to shoot this impromptu freestyle on that rig with my blackmagic production cam. But the Ronin died. And the blackmagic was stuck on that. Which leads to number 2: it’s not always about your equipment. Equipment DOES matter, but you can make up for it by focusing on storytelling. In the end, I had 2 pieces of dance footage shot handheld with a 5D Mark II. And this is what I came up with. All credit to Robin who destroyed. This is just my interpretation. 

LINKS

Robin Rojas | @xProtoman


EQUIPMENT

Canon 5D Mark II

17-40 F4.L

Hands

Davinci Resolve 10  (color)

Adobe Premiere CC  (sequence)

Adobe After Effects CC  (effects)


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-Amir


14k | A Fashion Film and Behind The Scenes with Alley Calkins


I’m really excited to share a string of collaborations I’ve been working on this past month. My friend Alley Calkins hit me up and asked if I wanted to film her in action. I’ve always wanted to work with her so I jumped on the opportunity. We shot at Point Defiance park and around the Tacoma area. Make sure to check out her work. I’ve linked her info and our models’ info at the bottom of this post. I’ve also listed the equipment I used for this project.

14k | A Fashion Film


Behind the Scenes


Links:

Alley Calkins

Mackenzie Altig

Cassidy Cannon

Emily Aleinikoff

Riley Jornlin (2nd Shooter)


Equipment:

Canon 5D Mark II + 50mm 1.4

Canon 7D + 17-40 F4.L

Glidecam HD 4000


Editing Software

Davinci Resolve 10

Adobe Premiere CC 2015


6 Videos coming this month! Stay tuned.

-Amir


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