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Since I was a young child watching The Price is Right with my grandmother, I’ve wanted to be a game show host like Bob Barker. Well, my friends, it is my pleasure to introduce you to a little YouTube series put together by my main man, Producer Dan called Washington @ One. You can watch my first episode here, and there are several more episodes out there that I’ve helped from the sidelines.
For me, the W@1 shoots are a great way to get out and meet real people, when they aren’t hiding behind a uniform, suit-and-tie, or company affiliation. It’s also been a great chance to get to know each other a little more, which will pay off in dividends when the new podcast launches in a few weeks.
Finally, rather than writing a blog about not blogging (which I hate), I’m just going to be straightforward and honest. I haven’t been writing much because I’m working on too many side projects. When I first launched the Wautier Entertainment website, I was DJing twice a week, with a whole 5 days between jobs before I got busy again. Since I’ve started up the site, I’ve had a lot more requests to help with video projects, photo shoots, live events, Android development, and more. I haven’t stopped DJing, I just don’t have much time to write about it while I’m spending 3 hours a night working on other projects. Hopefully, I’ll wrap a few projects up and make some more time for my readers here, but I’m not planning on turning down any potential work either.
Time for a Camera Corner question response…
@CameraCorner what do you think? RAW, RAW + JPEG or High JPEG for weddings. My workflow is good with high jpeg but always looking…
Whether you should shoot RAW, Fine JPEG, or RAW+JPEG all depends on your final output. Generally speaking, JPEG is the quicker, smaller file, and RAW is for fine tuning… Here’s a quick rundown of when each format edges out the other.
JPEG is helpful for:
- Handing over digital files quickly. (Leave behind CDs or Memory Cards)
- Printing on the spot (PhotoBooth or SnapLab)
- Retail kiosk printing
- E-Mail Delivery
- Quick editing (Photoshop or GIMP)
- See EXACTLY what the camera saw
- More dynamic range (extra data in over & under exposed areas)
- Precise exposure and white balance correction (using editors such as LightRoom or Aperture)
Many purists will say working with JPEGs is like working with a scan of a print, and in one respect they are correct. Much of the image file’s fidelity is lost when the camera converts to a JPEG, ESPECIALLY at the extreme edges of the histogram. But if you value delivery speed over edit-ability (I just made that word up), I PERSONALLY don’t feel there is a compelling point to change how you do your job. RAW processing software can be expensive, but every computer can read a JPEG natively.
That being said, if you have plenty of memory, why NOT shoot both RAW + JPEG? Sure, your camera may take a split-second longer between exposures, but memory is cheap, and you’ve got an automatic backup and the best of both worlds right away.
While, I always try to celebrate a good month-day, I noticed that today, 10/1/11. is a valid binary number. Going forward, I will be celebrating every “binary day” that occurs, probably by posting a tutorial of how to convert that date into a decimal.
Here’s the short example of why 101102=2210 is a true statement.
When you look at typical numbers, in the decimal system of (base ten) the actual number 10 as written on paper isn’t really one number. Go back to kindergarten, and sing it with me, “There’s a one in the tens place and a zero in the ones place!” My teacher taught counting using small buckets and marbles. The buckets were only big enough to hold 9 marbles, the tenth would cause the bucket to fall over, dumping the marbles, back into the tray, and causing one to fall to the tens place. It worked similarly to the Time Machine clock. One ball stays, and the others get dumped.
This is, by far, the greatest way to teach number systems of different bases. If you’re working in decimal, your bucket holds 9 marbles, hexadecimal buckets can hold 15, octal buckets hold 7, and binary buckets hold 1. I keep a little chart by my desk to help me out, just in case a binary question would happen to pop up throughout the day. It’s simple enough that most people can commit to memory, but I like it handy just in case I forget.
The list is: 128, 64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2, 1
Just line up the date underneath, and add up all the numbers that have a 1 below:
Perhaps next binary day, I’ll share the secret of how the boxes are labeled.
I may have tonight off, (except for programming JaquePot) but tomorrow you can catch up with me at Camera Corner, check out Monty, myself, and NEW talent Sarah Rejak, at Milke Theater for Secrets Of The Portal, and come out for Karaoke at Black Forest. DJ Aro & Friends will be there to kick off the night, and I will take over when I catch up after the Magic.
Thanks for the ad credits Facebook! Due to your generous contribution of $25 worth of free advertising, 800,000 people saw an add that links to a blog, that WASN’T PUBLISHING FRESH CONTENT for the entire run of the add… Smart move Nick, real smart…
Anyway, I hate writing these “sorry I haven’t been writing” blogs, but this time, I actually have some REALLY good reasons why I’ve been slacking… First and foremost, I bought my DREAM DJ controller, the Numark NS7FX. Expect a rather lengthy article about it in a few weeks, but in a nutshell it’s a fancy MP3 Player… A $1300 fancy MP3 player. I’ve been spending a lot of time practicing and learning the turntable side of the DJ craft, and have been ignoring much of what gets in my way.
Also, I’ve been playing a TON of weddings the last few weeks. Since the last time I wrote, I’ve played in Florence, Iron Mountain, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, and Appleton, more than once each. It’s been a fantastic wedding season and I feel that I’ve really caught on to this year’s big trend (another blog that I have already started writing).
Monty and I are preparing for the September 25th premiere of Secrets of the Portal at Mielke Theater in Shawano. We’ve added some new material and have been training some additional helpers, not all of which will be seen on stage. This will be a larger production than I’m used to, and it’s certainly a show I’ve been looking forward to for a LONG time. He was on the radio promoting the show this morning, so we should have a decent crowd in attendance.
My EVE Online friends at Cha0sTheory have escorted me to my first PVP kill ever! Sure, the victim was on autopilot in low-sec, and yes, I stupidly allowed gate guns to take my ship, BUT I’M ON THE BOARDS BABY! The Simplistic Syndicate and the Cha0sTheory alliance are rapidly expanding and need to make some money quick so we can build our outpost, so I crunched some numbers and will be starting a PowerBall-esque lottery in game. As simple as this sounds, I’m expecting tens of thousands of players every week and I won’t be able to handle all of the transactions without a fairly decent system to manage the process. I’m in the process of writing a program that will handle all of the busywork associated with the lotto. Full details will be available when I launch, probably sometime in November.
And finally, I’ve been trying to find contacts that would be willing to speak at, and attend a TEDx event in the Green Bay / Appleton / Neenah area. I’ve been a fan of the TED Talks YouTube page for years, but only recently found out about the TEDx program that allows smaller scale events to be managed independently. I’d love to find or built a community of thinkers that share their ideas, and give them a forum to do so. Right now, I’ve got an event nearly ready to put on the calendar, but I’m waiting for TEDx to reopen the application process, sometime around October 11.
OH, I almost forgot about the Greg Jennings benefit at Oneida Country Club, Touchdowns for Hope! Greg has pledged to donate $1000 to House Of Hope for every touchdown he scores this season. I was invited to assist my good friend Steve Richer on the photography front. If you’d like to see the pictures our team took, you can do so at http://www.imagequix.com. You’ll need the following login info as well. Feel free to order a few prints, all proceeds to back to House of Hope.
- photographer ID: D9NK69K
- Event ID: Greg Jennings Foundation
- Pass: gopackgo
So back when I was at the Outagamie County Fair, I met Miller and Mike, an amazing comedy duo with experience in The Greatest Show On Earth. While I could sit here writing for hours on end about their show, I think I’ll just recommend for everyone to come out to Jones Park in Appleton this Sunday, August 22 to see their performance AND witness the totally legitimate setting of a new Guinness World Record. Otis Miller, among several other talents, is an accomplished Yo-Yo trickster and will be attempting to set several records at the event. The fun starts around 3:00, and you can find more information on his website. I will be there to document the events on video while state assembly candidate Howard Miller is there to certify the attempt and ensure that there is no foul play.
It’s been a while since I’ve added any new content to my Flickr stream, so last night, I posted two of my older shots I took of a glass of beer at Black Forrest when I was waiting to start my karaoke gig. As they say, “the proof is in the pudding” and BEER SELLS!
About 12 hours after posting these two pictures, they brought in 22 views each! That’s huge considering my other pictures only have collected a total of 28 views!
Friday night, I played for the first time at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse. I’m not sure if was it bad luck, or (NSFW) The Viking Curse, but for the first time in the 3-4 years I’ve been using it, my Numark CDN-88 Dual-Deck CD Player decided that it wanted the night off. I couldn’t understand why, but songs would pause for seemingly no reason and with no warning, and the deck would totally lock up mid-song. The only remedy was to eject the disc, and start over on the other side, which worked just great, until I tried cuing up another disc of course. Normally, I would have caught something like this during dinner, when music isn’t quite as critical as it is at dance time, but I had been playing some CDs that the bride and groom made for me that didn’t require cross-fading between them, so the problem never had an opportunity to show itself.
The first time the system went down, I thought it was a fluke, figured out how to unlock the unit, and kept going, hoping it was just some mistake I had made. Not 4 songs later, it happened again. I rewired my electrical, checked all my other cables, and gave it one more run. During that first song, it went down a third time. I had enough. It was time to call in for reinforcements. I called Dave, and he left the job he was at, and ran me a Numark CDMIX-2 which is nice, but as the reviewers on Amazon will tell you, it has a few problems of it’s own.
The family had prepared an amazing video collage of various football players and coaches that used TV news footage out-of-context, offering the couple marriage advice. This was, by far the most creative and elegant use of a projector I had ever seen at a wedding. I did not, however, know how poorly the hall’s sound system would perform with the audio, making it nearly inaudible for everyone in attendance. I was unprepared to wire in any laptop without an external audio interface, so we ended up playing the video without sound, which was a such a major disappointment to me, I can only imagine how the bride, groom, and creator felt.
After the grand march, when I had a working CD player, there were a few minor hiccups, admittedly due to by lack of experience with the player, but overall we rocked the party hard. My confidence and heart were down in the balls of my feet, but for the most part, everyone who stuck it out with me seemed to have a great time. I even got a few compliments on how quickly I was able to get up and running and how well the party went thereafter, but it couldn’t erase the deep disappointment I felt from the earlier issues.
One of the major disadvantages of my business model and exclusive partnerships (I only take jobs from Action DJs and Monty’s Magic, and I always rent equipment from Action DJs or Camera Corner as a backup) is that my hands are typically tied when it comes to “making it right”. If the job was booked through Action, my preferred method, I typically don’t get paid until after I return the rented equipment, and as a general rule, I won’t carry cash out of town any time I’m traveling, business or not. Regardless, I felt that I owed something to the bride and her family, whether or not the problems that night were the fault of me, Action, or the venue, or whether they were just bad luck. Sure we made our best efforts to correct the problems, but that doesn’t change the fact that I couldn’t play music for 15 minutes, and someone’s hard work wasn’t given the time and attention it deserved.
In a feeble attempt to mend the wounds, I gave both the bride and her father my card and offered them 4 hours of my time at no charge for any future event, and I hope they take me up on it. They were both courteous and assured me that they understand the problem wasn’t my fault and that I handled it well, but that just isn’t good enough for me. I want them to be awed and amazed.
I left Bret Favre’s Steakhouse not knowing the cause of my problems, cursing the Vikings, and praying that my equipment would work the following night at Stone Harbor Resort. ( to be continued… )