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First post in a while. Not sure how that happened. I need to spend more time here. ANYWAY…

For the past couple of years, I’ve been taking part in an ever-more popular new trend, which is the 1 Second Everyday project. Every day for one year, I make sure to record something, anything. Then, I cherry-pick my favorite single second out of however much footage I recorded each day and then I put those clips into a timeline in the video editor. Pick some good music to go with it, and voila; a 6-minute video that gives a relatively decent idea of what happened during one’s year. Granted, many of the moments that make the cut will be the personal favorites of the video’s creator, so not every clip’s context makes it through in merely a second, but it still allows the viewers to get lost in the recorded path of another person for a small handful of minutes. It’s a great way to answer that question we’ve all heard ad nauseam, “So what have you been up to lately?” So far, I’ve created 2 of these videos; one for 2012 and one for 2013, the latter of which I posted just yesterday, January 1st 2014. When I began the project in 2012, I thought it would be a fun project to try and keep up with. I started the year off with my DSLR’s and Sigma glass, and within 2 months I bought a GoPro HD Hero 2. I took this thing everywhere. I’m not an extreme athlete by any means, but those cameras are tough to beat as far as build, picture quality, convenience, and so on. By the end of March, I was hooked. I decided I’m going to try to keep this up for as long as I can. The thing about 2012, though, was that there were honestly not really any significant events that occurred, so it became a challenge to mix up the shots enough throughout the year without doing the same thing over and over. It’s virtually impossible to have 365 exciting days in a row, so there’s bound to be slow spots and trouble coming up with ideas. In 2013, however, things changed. Not just because we discovered we were going to be parents, but also because I was afforded an opportunity which allowed me to be home with her during the whole thing, and it was honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and it made for some interesting opportunities for video clips. Now, with the arrival of my son this past November, this leaves me with even more opportunities in 2014 and beyond. It’s going to be a fantastic way to see how he grows.

For both videos, I used a pair of Canon EOS 550D’s with a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens and a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, as well as a GoPro. In 2012 it was an HD Hero 2, and in 2013 it was an HD Hero 3 Black Edition. All editing was done in Sony Vegas 10.0 Pro. Some experimental color grading was done in Photoshop CS5’s RAW Editor. As a sidenote, I started a text file early on in the year to explain certain dates of particular interest or importance and I kept it in the folder with the rest of the project material so that I would remember to update it throughout the year as I slowly constructed the video. This also gave me a chance to keep up with the list of people I needed to tag when I finally posted it.

Both videos feature wonderful music by Harold-Alexis (http://soundcloud.com/Harold-Alexis). 2012 featured his remix of “Souls” by djSaint, while 2013’s video was accompanied by a custom-tailored version of his remix of “Innerspace” by Gregory Esayan. I contacted Alexis early on in 2013 after having auditioned several other tracks for the video with very little luck, and he agreed to help out with providing an extended edition of “Innerspace” specifically for use in “Just A Second 2013″. The result, if I may say, was phenomenal. So here’s a ginormous THANK YOU to Harold-Alexis for lending his talent to the overall feel of this year’s project.

Here’s the 2012 video:

And here’s 2013:

Mundane…er…Monday. Back to the grind.

We had the weekend off from photos, which felt weird. On Friday night, it felt like we should’ve been charging our batteries to get ready for some kind of a shoot. But instead, I’ve been spending the last week on vacation from the ol’ 9-5 to try and get caught up on some photo and video editing projects while Carolyn worked on her schooling.

It’s been quite the busy summer this year. Carolyn and I have been running all over the state with our cameras. Most of what we’ve been shooting has been events and parties up in the St. Louis area; they love us up there, it’s been great. In fact we’ve discussed some long-needed advancements in our little photo outfit, so we’ve got a plan to help us progress towards some major gear upgrades and additions, offer things we’ve never offered before, such as wedding photo shoots, and finally get this thing in overdrive so we can become even more independent and dedicate our efforts solely to photo and video production if at all possible. We shall see.

Shopping for a Point & Shoot camera?

<<Yep, that’s me, circa 2000.

From time to time, people approach me when they’re in the market for a new camera. Having worked a while in a camera store a decade or so ago, I sort of developed what I feel to be a pretty decent sense of what to look for in a good camera. Although it is a good place to start, I usually don’t look so much at brand names, because I think “picking a team” in as far as brands go is a little short-sighted in this game. Each brand has their list of features, which result in different benefits over other brands on different levels on the one hand. On the other hand, some brands have weaknesses where others may perform at higher capacities. To me, the most important point about a brand is whether or not it’s more of an electronics company, or more of an optics company. Since the glass quality of a lens is one of (if not THE) most important aspects of image quality, I tend to lean more towards the ones that specialize in optics. Aside from the two most obvious, which are Canon and Nikon, this also includes such brands as Pentax, Olympus, and Leica (a division of Panasonic). And really, any camera you pick from these brands is generally going to do as well a job as the others. So, to me, it ultimately comes down these 3 questions:

  1. What will I be shooting the most?
  2. What features will have the most benefits to those kinds of shots?
  3. What weaknesses (if any) = deal breakers?

Of course, for most people, the answer to #1 is typically the everyday things most of us would want photos of, like events, family, kids, pets, etc. Obviously, complicated photographic equipment is not necessary for these kinds of subjects. In fact, the quicker and the simpler it is to use, the better. So, for this post, I’ll be concentrating more on P&S (point & shoot) cameras rather than the more advanced dSLR (digital SLR) cameras.  Read the rest of this page »

KFP….aaaaaand GO!

Hey everyone, and WELCOME! to Kent Frost Photography’s new blog!

I’m hoping to use this blog for not only our benefit, but to the benefit of our clients as well. We’ll post photos and how-to’s, as well as discuss adventures had during photoshoots. It tends to get a little crazy from time to time, considering all the party pix that get taken, so it promises to keep interesting. ;-)

Also keep your eyes here for coupon codes for various specials throughout the year for portraits, posters, metal prints, mugs, and much more!

Stay tuned… plans are in motion to keep the content rolling in here!

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