Posts Tagged ‘tutorial’

Mya: Full-Time Kid – PBS Kids – Homemade Ice Cream

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Episode 2 of the Mya show is now live on YouTube! In this episode, Mya teaches you a simple way to make delicious ice cream at home. Mya and her dad tested out different recipes and found this one to be the best. When we started shooting, she kept talking about how much she loved the ice cream and wanted to share it with me! Believe the hype. This homemade ice cream is hard to beat! =)

Mya: Full-Time Kid – PBS Kids – The Cup Game

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

A few months ago, there was a video making waves online that starred a cute little girl doing a beatbox to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Turns out her mom, Jasmine, is a good friend of mine who I used to dance with back in high school. Her daughter, Mya, had been making fun videos on YouTube and when she released this beatbox video, it went viral and was mentioned on Ryan Seacrest’s blog as well as the Huffington Post.

Not soon after, PBS Kids reached out with a show offer for Mya. They loved her personality and knew she has potential for an entertaining and educational online series. When Jasmine told me about the opportunity, I couldn’t pass it up.

We shot two pilot episodes. PBS wants a kid and parent-friendly show that will educate as well as entertain. After brainstorming several topics that Mya could tackle, we finally boiled it down to two.

Working with Mya was a blast. It didn’t take her long to get familiar and comfortable with me and my crew. After just a few takes feeling a little shy, she started to let loose and really have fun with the camera. I think she enjoyed the topics a lot and just has a knack for performing (she must get it from Jasmine!). It was my first time working with a kid but Mya did all of the heavy lifting. =)


The show page is now LIVE on YouTube and the first episode is up! We’re all excited to see Mya with her first official show. We will be shooting a new video each week and you can be sure that Mya’s charm will brighten up your day!

DSLR Tests: Canon 60D

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

There is a plethora of DSLR tutorial videos, forums, and blogs out there for anyone to soak up. I found it soon became overwhelming to try to absorb all of this information too quickly without testing it out on the field.

I decided to make my own set of tests to help me become more familiar with my camera and the control I have over the images. Only lens used is a Canon 17-55mm IS f2.8.

The first set of tests simply goes through the Aperture range to see how well the 60D handles exposure.

The second set of tests does the same thing but goes through the Shutter range to see how that option affects the image.

The third set of tests compares how different frame rates effect the image.

The final set of tests compares how different shutter speeds and aperture settings effect the image.

This particular test does a great job of showing how aperture effects your depth of field.

Not only did this one session get me more familiar with my camera and the controls, but I feel more confident in shooting with it. DSLRs will continue to grow in popularity as the prices go down and image quality goes up.

I hope these videos can help you. But I encourage you to go out there and just shoot, shoot, shoot! Experiment and put in the hours practicing before you line yourself up for jobs, so you’re not fumbling around with the dials and buttons on set and you can focus on the story you are capturing. Happy shooting!