Category: Video/Multimedia

The GIF shenanigans continue at Mavs Media Day

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Hi all:

I was assigned to shoot the Dallas Mavericks media day this year and decided to keep playing around with animated GIF’s. It ended up being kind of a fun challenge, and gives our folks down in SportsDay some digital content to play with on social media and some other places.

For the technical geeks out there, I ended up using continuous lights to pull this off — specifically some Kino Flo LED lights that we have for video productions. They were kind of a pain to lug out to the American Airlines Center (and then down to the practice court). But, the ambient lighting in the practice area is AWFUL, so I knew I needed to do something on my own to make this work.

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As you can see the LED lights, while plenty bright, didn’t quite overpower the ambient in there, which created some weird color cast issues when I shot at higher shutter speeds to freeze action better. That’s one of the reasons I ended up switching the images to grayscale. Also, it knocked the file sizes down some. And also … all the cool kids are doing it.

Also, everything was short on a Canon 1D-X with a 24-70 (II) lens, usually somewhere about 250-640 shutter speed, 2.8 aperture at 640 ISO. People tell me I should post the technical details of how I make pictures, which is how that last sentence happened.

So anyway, hope you enjoy these, and thanks for your time.

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Wesley Matthews

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Deron Williams

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Dirk Nowitzki

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A.J. Hammons

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Andrew Bogut

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Justin Anderson

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Quincy Acy

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Harrison Barnes

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J.J. Barea

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Seth Curry

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Devin Harris

Fried Jell-O cooks in a frier during the 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, held ahead of the State Fair of Texas, recognizes the best fried foods entered into consideration for sale at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)

Taking animated GIFs during the Big Tex Awards

The annual Big Tex Choice Awards —¬†where we find out who made the best State Fair fried foods ¬†— is always a fun gig. This year, I tried to do a little something fun myself, and decided to play around a little with some animated GIFs. Continue reading

Looking back on the NPPA NewsVideo Workshop

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I spent last week up in Norman, Okla., at the aforementioned video workshop, which is run by the National Press Photographers Association. In a nutshell, the goal of this training — which you can read more about here — is to take folks who “just shoot video” and help them learn to become “storytellers.” A little heady, I know. Continue reading

Just a little video

Hey all:

As I wrap up a video workshop this week (the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Okla.), I thought I’d finally get around to posting some recent video work I’ve shot at the DMN. Well, sorta recent … Continue reading

Year in review, Animated GIF style

[NOTE: THIS UPDATE WILL LOAD OK ON YOUR PHONE, BUT SEEMS TO LOOK BETTER ON A GOOD-OLD-FASHIONED COMPUTER BOX. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED]

Hi all:

So, it’s that time of year again, when we photojournalists begin to collectively navel-gaze a little, and share and discuss our favorite work from the past 12 months. Continue reading