Today, at approximately 730am Pacific time, on a transport shuttle between the annex 44 gates and the rest of American Airlines terminals, I saw this wonderful view of these beautiful planes and innocently decided to grab a few pictures on my iPhone.
Almost immediately, one Deborah D Parker, American Airline employee (stewardess I believe) immediately started yelling at me that what I was doing was illegal. Not only was she wrong, she was unprofessional and rude and was speaking to me in a tone that an angry adult would to a crying 3 year old.
Being on a a full shuttle and having my rights violated, I turned around and asked her if she was American Airlines anti-photography enforcer to which she answered that she had been trained by the airlines to stop anyone taking pictures, professionally or otherwise from doing so.
Ill admit I raised my voice, but I did not swear and then I really let her have it in front of everyone. I mentioned that there was no posting, that we were in a public access area and it was completely legal.
She was defiant and insisted I check on the policy, by which time the shuttle ride was over. Man was I ticked. I gathered her name and once off immediately went to their customer services and booth and filed a complaint with American about her. American confirmed that indeed, airport, airplane and even employee photography is absolutely allowed and Mrs Parker was incorrect. Mrs Parker, if you are reading this, you owe me and the other photographers you have harassed an apology.
My only mistakes were not asking her to cite the statute forbidding airport photography, and then requesting the name of her immediate supervisor.
It infuriates me when those who believe they are in authoritative positions interfere with photographers. While there are some rare exceptions (such as military installations and nuclear power plants), if you are in a public place and there is not an unreasonable expectation of privacy and are threatened or hassled, ask for the person's supervisor. If you are approached by police, stay calm and keep your cool, but ask to speak to their supervisors as well.
Being harassed in airports for photography is more common than it should be. Many TSA officials and airport security are unaware of the rules, but the truth of the matter is, unless it is specifically posted or stated by statute, at least in the USA, public areas are fair game. Do not let them harass you or interfere with your rights and if you are violated file a formal complaint.
We are getting very close to wrapping up the Nikon D7100 Crash Course Tutorial Training Video & DVD shortly thereafter. Ive been up to my eyeballs for the last 5-6 months it seems with different training videos for so many Nikon and Canon Cameras. I would expect the download version to be ready in about a week, give or take a few days, the DVD will take another 4-6 weeks before it is ready for sale. If you are new to photography and own a Nikon D7100, this is absolutely the best investment you can make to eliminate a steep learning curve of time and frustration. If you have spent well over $1000 for a basic set up, its worth investing into some training and having a pro tutor you for $40 is really a good deal. I am patiently waiting for the next Canon competitor that matches up with it for another shootout.
I REALLY love the D7100, its focusing systems are even better than the D600's, although they appear to be very similar body wise. Ill have some sample videos up soon.
I enjoyed it- See it in theaters if you can. Not as good as the 2009 Star Trek, but still a very solid summer movie.
There is something missing from it that bothers me and I cannot quite put my finger on it. Wait...it just hit me. The problem with tension...yes...thats it- Typically movies with a large sweeping, epic, end of the world/existence build up and resolution at the end are quite satisfying.
Think of great movie tension as an elephant charging our hero, who is injured, on the edge of death, with a single bullet who is fumbling to get his rifle loaded and only at the very last second does he win the day. In some cases he may not even use the rifle or the elephant may not even be killed.
Into Darkness has many smaller pieces of tension literally scattered throughout the movie. Much like a man killing an elephant, and then eating it one very small piece at a time. Not quite as satisfying, but hey...he got the thing down right?
Ya...this what bugs me about it. Still a pretty good movie.
JJ...whats with all the lens flares? #SeriouslyOverdone.
As I mentioned a few days ago, the team over at Magic Lantern have figured out how to hack the Canon 5Diii to record RAW video. Neumann films is creating a series of demo videos and tutorials on how it works. I cannot overstate how HUGE this is, and it almost sounds like ML is just scratching the surface of what they can do with it. It instantly adds significant value to the 5Diii for filmmakers. While it hasnt been released publicly yet, it should be any day.
After a long day of editing, my friend Brandon and I went out to the desert to make a very fun tutorial video on how to get this type of shot down cold (as well as safely...I was actually standing behind him when the image was taken (this is what remotes are for). I think we have the technique worked out!
Ive been real busy with production the last few days on the Canon T5i Crash Course Training Video and Nikon D7100 Crash Course, whose cover should be announced very shortly. I also have a brand new Canon SL1 sitting here in a box that I will open tomorrow or the day after to start testing and getting to know. Thank goodness the Canon 70D has been delayed a few weeks/months. I feel like I am barely keeping up.
In the mean time, I am happy to announce that the actual physical DVD's for the Nikon D5200 Crash Course Training Video are now available on my store. Per policy, anyone who purchases a physical DVD, also gets a copy of the download which they can start right away. Those who want the download only save shipping costs. We have already started getting some excellent reviews on the course.
Happy to announce that my new Canon T5i Crash Course Tutorial Training Video Manual is now available for download on my store. This is the first draft and as always, we expect there to be little hiccups and bugs, so we appreciate all your patience. The download allows for all of my students & customers to start lessons immediately, without needing to wait for the mail or pay extra for shipping.
My T5i Crash Course assumes viewers have zero experience with photography and will take them from Zero to advanced shooting in just a few hours. If you learn all the material on the video, you will know your Canon T5i inside and out and should be able to competently shoot in a variety of situations, with an emphasis on portraits. I even have a beginning course on slr videography to get you started.
We are already working on the DVD version of the T5i Crash Course which should be ready in about 4-6 weeks.
A couple weeks ago I shared a report from Neumann Films that Magic Lantern had figured out a hack that would allow 5Diii users to record in RAW Video, though it was limited to 10-12 frames per second. Today Magic Lantern announced on their Facebook page that they believe they have figured out a 24fps in 1080p. Hopefully we will hear more later, but if it turns out to be true, it would be a HUGE break through for all 5Diii videographers. There is even a sample clip available on Youtube. Look at the Dynamic Range between the bright highlights outside and the shadows inside: