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More on Multimediography @ CES 2011

January 10th, 2011 by Rick


I had a great time over the past 6 days working as a multimediographer for the Techpodcasts team at CES 2011!  My primary role was shooting video while the individual show hosts interviewed exhibitors on the convention floor.  These videos were fed into a Newtek Tricaster for play during breaks from the live streaming, and for play overnight.  These videos, including two that we shot at the NBC Universal set (above) will also play for many months to come at Techpodcasts.com (we shot a TON of content!).

For still photography, I broke out the Nikon D7000 to grab photos from the show, including shots of the show talent, products and a few behind-the-scenes shots.  I shot RAW + .jpg in the camera (RAW on one card, .jpg on the other) which helped us get the files uploaded fast.  Most were shot without a flash (thanks to the great high-ISO performance of the D7000) and I got the vast majority of them right in the camera.  These photos are up on the Techpodcasts Flickr stream now and will soon be in my Flickr stream and in this gallery.  We covered the gamut of technology at CES 2011 including everything from pocket sized USB gadgets all the way up through the just-announced 2012 Ford Focus Electric.

I also had a chance to run the Tricaster for a couple of hours during live streaming (above).  Very, very cool…  I got a few tips from @planojac and then jumped in.  I made a few mistakes, but kept the show running while Jack jumped out to take a look around on the exhibit floor.  It was awesome to see the viewers participate via chat during the live streaming – it added another dimension for them (and for us!).

Six days, many miles walked and some very sore muscles, but it was a great experience!  It was great to be able to jump into both the video and photography worlds, all at once, in a fast-paced environment.  Photographers who aren’t brushing up on their video skills should be, and videographers who aren’t learning photography are missing out as well.  Multimediographer skills are necessary in New Media!


Las Vegas Photography Opportunities Part 2

October 13th, 2008 by Rick

Last time, I talked a little bit about the Las Vegas Strip.  This time, we’re going out into the beautiful Red Rocks a few miles west of Las Vegas.  Officially known as the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  The area is popular with tourists, photographers, hikers, mountain bikers and general sight seers.  If you’re on the Strip, it will take you about 25 minutes to get to the park.  If you take Charleston Boulevard straight west, you can’t miss it.  As you drive into the area, you’ll see the Spring Mountains in front of you and the red hills of Red Rock on the right.  First, you’ll pass a small road to Calico Basin (worthy of exploring, but not part of the park) and then you’ll see the turnoff for the visitor center.  If you continue west past the visitor center, you’ll see an overlook (where the first two of these three photos were taken).

There are many awesome vantage points within the park – some are accessible right form the road and some are remote.  The park can be enjoyed from the 13 mile scenic loop – there are plenty of stopping points at areas of interest.  Note that you’ll have to pay a $5.00 entry fee at the gate.  To take advantage of the beautiful desert light, consider showing up right after sunrise or just before sunset.  The red hills are nesteled between the Las Vegas valley and the Spring Mountain range, so the sun is always changing the available views – what works in the morning won’t work in the evening.

Remember that Las Vegas has much more to offer than just the casinos, gambling and the night life!  The beauty of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is remarkable and unique to Southern Nevada’s desert!  If you get out to

Las Vegas Photography Opportunities Part 1

October 9th, 2008 by Rick

Being in Las Vegas means that there are tons of opportunities for awesome photos. Since some of you undoubtedly travel to Vegas, I thought I’d provide you with a list of must see places to go.  This topic will span several posts, so check back often.

The first and most obvious is the Strip. Known officially as Las Vegas Boulevard, the Strip is the focal point of tourist activity. The casinos themselves are great places to start. The themes of the casinos create great opportunities – for example, the sights of the Venetian and its canals are much different from the New York New York theme.  Nightime views are amazing with all the lights. From the top of the Stratosphere you can view the whole city (for a small price). Another vantage point is the top of the Eifel tower at the Paris Hotel & Casino (again, be prepared to pay a small fee for the experience).  There are water shows, roller coasters, art, people (some really interesting ones at that!), desert scenes, and much more.

In future posts, we’ll take a look at other places including Red Rocks, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Nelson and others.

Gallery Pictures of People in Public Places

October 7th, 2008 by Rick

Call me a stickler.  With all of the pictures I take – and there are many – not all of them are posted for sale in the gallery.  Sometimes, you’ll come across a picture in the gallery with a person in it.  Usually, it’s just someone that was naturally in the photo. A great example is this one from the Super Run gallery.  Nice guy, I’m sure.  He was at the car show and maybe even owned one of the cars.  Taking the picture is fine and legal enough, but as nice as the picture of the Camaro is, I didn’t get a photo release from this guy.  So, for me to offer this one for sale wouldn’t be right.  Sigh. Read the rest of this entry »

2008 Super Run Gallery

October 6th, 2008 by Rick

Now that the initial move of the blog is over, I thought I’d post a little more information about the 2008 Super Run that I shot pictures of last weekend. The event was awesome… Henderson’s main street was shut down for several blocks, and there was nothing but beautiful cars being showcased.

With the huge number of people that turned out for the event, it was a bit tough getting shots of the cars by themselves. I was there on Saturday, so there were tons of folks out enjoying the beautiful weather and sights. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to see everything… too many cars and too little time. Overall, I shot just over 300 photos – almost 250 of them are displayed in the gallery.

Take a peek and let me know what you think. Remember that you can browse to your heart’s content – and if you like something, you can buy it right online. Whether you want a print or just something for your personal blog, you’ll surely find one that you’ll love!

Time Flies…

October 5th, 2008 by Rick

Much has happened since the last post, and time escaped me. Sadly, one of my employees passed away in August. Now, almost 2 months later, the balance of work, life, school, business and such is returning.

Soon, perhaps even today, this blog will become part of my newly launched Lautenbach Photography site (www.lautenbachphotography.com). This is a great opportunity to officially combine the geekery and the photography, while selling a few pictures. Stay tuned and thanks for the support!

Required Equipment

August 7th, 2008 by Rick

So, I was getting my gear bag ready for a five day out of state trip. It occurred to me that being a geek requires a lot of stuff. Also, I hate checking bags, so all of my stuff has to be carried on. Two bags, clothes for 5 days Read the rest of this entry »