Color Grading with the Canon R6

Short and sweet is where I am going to be in 2022.

New video on my YouTube. I am talking about color grading and how I do it. I say how I do it because this is an area where you can do it many ways. With that said, I could be doing it the hard way, the wrong way or what have you. Check out my video and see what you can do with a simple color grade to Canon Log footage.

Have a great year and thanks for stopping by.

Adding this lens was 100% the right move.

I have wanted this lens for awhile but I always talked myself out of it. “Will I actually use it?” etc in my head over and over and would always back out. I then found a good deal on a used one for half the price and jumped on it.

The lens in discussion here is the Canon 100mm macro f2.8 lens. This isn’t the L series lens. I have yet to fall to the hype of the L series lenses. The only L series lenses I purchase are the 70-200 f2.8 but that is because there isn’t a non-L 70-200 by canon and third party 70-200 usually are softer in my experience.

Back to the lens. The macro has been an awesome lens to have for video and photo. My first test was a wedding video shoot a couple weeks ago and I used it on some of the detail shots. I shot them handheld on the Canon r6. To use it on this lens, I have to use the EF to RF adapter but it works perfectly with this so its easy to use. You can see my sample shots in this video.

I recently took the lens out to try some landscape photos with it and some not so much macro on a local college campus. I really liked how tight I was able to get without carrying a large zoom lens. Typically my go to lens is either a 24mm or 85mm but this 100mm was a nice change as I could jump into a normal photo but also follow it up with some macro shots.

Here are a few of those shots.

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Another one done and another signed.

Without promoting wedding videography as a service I have now done two weddings and have another one in September under my name of Derek Livingston Media. Beyond thankful for these opportunities and the growth that has come from it. In my last post you will see my first wedding video under Derek Livingston Media. I say that because I have shot them for 3-4 years now but never under my name and I never had the sticks at the editing bay. Now I do the shooting and editing and its been a blast!

Being able to grow as a videographer in new ways like weddings is awesome. Capturing someones big day and giving them something to remember their day by has been an amazing experience thus far and I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2020 has in store and even more excited for 2021.

I think it’s time to promote myself but I have been holding back to allow my self time to process on how to do it all with a full time job and a freelance sports job that occasionally pops up. Only time will tell and I will assume I will be promoting soon enough.

Until then, I would love for you all to see my recent video I shot in Girard, Kansas. I shoot with a 5d Mark Iv with a 24mm f1.4 and a 85mm f1.8.

Hope you enjoyed at least some of it, as I know it’s a lengthy video to watch. That is another thing I am not sure of, should I go shorter with the edit, or is length good as it’s a big day in ones life. Only time will tell and I know I will be going through both of my recent weddings and picking out some of my favorite shots in a shorter video to showcase them.

Hope all is well with all of you and see you next time!

Open minded.

If I am to take anything from this quarantine and the new normal we are going to have to deal with is being creative is everything in this world. If I didn’t have multiple ways to be creative whether that be, YouTube or posting to Instagram or even writing this blogs, I would be stir crazy. I love creating, I love the process and having an end goal and video or photo to share with my viewers or followers.

During this time I have been awoken to many things and that is, if you don’t continue to create, you can hit a long road of digging out. I tried to get out in the car and take photos, create videos in the house or kitchen with whatever it may be. I spent plenty of time watching videos and finding ideas to work off of to stay creative. Many I have shared on here and on my socials throughout this time. It all flew by really and i hadn’t realized until last week when talks of going back to work, that it has been months since I was sent home.

Let me preface that, I didn’t lose my job, we were simply sent home to continue working. Luckily for me, I work for a company where we were able to adapt and continue putting out videos. Those videos changed to more graphic driven videos but it was work and for that I am beyond thankful I could keep going through this time.

With that said, being home was a blessing. Spending the days just feet from my kitchen, my two dogs, cat and my wife when she was home, was awesome. Id say our marriage is much stronger because of our time together during this time. We cooked dinners together, or id have meals planned out while she was working. She is a nurse so work never stopped for her as well, if anything it was put into over-drive with her being on the Intensive Care Unit.

Working from home would be my personal choice if I had the option to do it full time but being a videographer at my job, that’s not really possible. Well, I mean it is possible if I just went in for shoot prep, shoot and tear down and then edit from home. It’d save me the 45min drive to work and the traffic of driving home at 5pm. It would awesome but that’s not how it goes and that’s okay. I like my drive, it gives me time to listen to my music and podcasts, things I don’t normally get to listen to on road trips or normal drives if the wife is in the car. Simply because I don’t want to put her through my slow podcasts or my music of screaming and loud guitars, she will rock out to some of it though but it’s easier to listen to things we agree on for the most part. The drive also gives me time to zone out and think about photo ideas or video shoot ideas or trips, whatever it may be.

Overall, I would say I am more motivated now more than ever. Covid changes many things, hurt many people and changed many things but one benefit is the work ethic I will be bringing from here on out. Also, I now know how important any time with friends and family is and can’t wait to get back to seeing my family and getting out.

See you all next time. Best wishes and stay strong