JBR LIFE Photography

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  1. Yessss!!! I bought one of these for my old P4, love it. Use it for survey & SAR work now and again, works like a charm.
  2. Mahalo for taking the time to view! It's true, these all had to be the same because they're vacation rental townhomes. You know the drill...one size fits most. lol At least the interiors vary in stylized design, as each unit is individually owned. This one in particular had a pretty nice upgrade, you can see in the video below.
  3. Aloha All! Thought I'd share a recent frame from a video I shot with the Mavic 2 Zoom. This little bird continually surprises me with it's capabilities. Sure, there are way better quality platforms out there, but I'm having a great time pushing this little camera to it's limits. The first frame is straight out of camera. I shoot in 4k, using custom settings to emulate a logarithmic profile, since DJI omitted true log profiles from this system. The second frame is fully graded via FCPX, using a series of layers to control color and tones, including masking tools / tracking. There's a bit of noise remaining in the final frame, but this is not visible when the video is playing, as the frames blend and show motion. Overall, I'm happy with this little rig. The dynamic range is definitely a bit limited, and requires some trickery in post to really bring it all out, but in the end, it's solid. Having a telephoto lens in the mix really opens up a LOT of options for unique cinematic shots, and in most environments, the camera really does come through with at least a prosumer level of commercial quality. Mahalo for viewing, enjoy!
  4. Aloha everyone, I thought I'd write a little bit this morning about media licensing. I've been realizing lately, there are many real estate media providers out there who shoot the images or video, work their magic in post production, and turn the media over without any licensing restrictions at all. The practice has become so common, that now many realtors don't even know that licensing exists, much less how it works. So, what is media licensing and how does it work? Basically, it's this: According to U.S. copyright law, photographic media (including video) is owned by the creator of that media, unless otherwise agreed upon via verbal or written contract. In short, if you click the shutter, you own the image, unless you're shooting for an entity for hire, who already had you sign something saying they own the media you create. An example of for-hire work would be second shooting a wedding, being an in-house magazine photographer, news journalist, etc. As independent imaging specialists, only we can determine how the media may be used. For example, when I license media to a realtor, it's for a specific time period, duration, and comes with limits. Some of those limits are that it's non-transferrable, non-exclusive, may not be used as paid-for advertising, and many more details that matter to me. Once a property has sold, realtors no longer have need for the media, outside of personal advertisement for their own marketing (i.e. showing a potential listing client the media they use). However, it's become commonplace for brokerages to use images from their agents' listings for all manner of in-house ad work. I've even discovered multi-million dollar brokerages swiping my images from the MLS system, using them on their corporate websites. These are not small companies doing this, and they know better, and I'm quick to offer them the opportunity to purchase a license or remove the media. Ok, so you're probably thinking right now that you really don't care if some brokerage swiped a single image or two and made a few hundred million dollars without paying you. That's ok, I suppose, to each their own. But wait! There's MORE!!! If you work in an area where properties are bought and sold repeatedly, you'll want the opportunity to license that media to the next realtor who's picking up the listing. It happens here on Maui often...condo up for sale, I shoot it, it sells, next realtor comes along in a year, nothing inside the unit has changed, so they license the existing media from me. Another opportunity for re-licensing media is when the home doesn't sell, and is picked up for re-listing by another realtor. Right there is your earning potential in full swing...you have images, they need images...let's connect! Now, here's the tricky part where a lot of media providers miss the point. How much should I charge to license media I've already created? Ready for the answer? Ok, here goes: Full price. Yep, you read that correctly. I charge full price to license imagery to a realtor, whether I'm shooting it for them, or already have it on a hard drive. Why? One word: VALUE. By offering media that's already created, you bring huge value to the table because you're helping the realtor to skip the hassle of having a photoshoot, making sure the home is clean & staged, waiting for the perfect weather, waiting for the media to be delivered. Instead, you can enable them to list that home the day they pay the invoice for the media you've already created, and THAT is VALUE. We don't make a ton of money shooting for realtors. It's no secret, but it's still a fun workspace, and there's potential to earn much more once you open the licensing box. Our market has become crazy saturated, and that's not something we can stop. However, we can preserve the market value by exercising our media licensing rights. I hope this sheds a bit of light onto the power and importance of licensing for those who are just starting out, or have never considered this concept. Remember, our media serves as assets. Licensing is how to monetize those assets over and over again. Warmest Mahalo, Jonathon
  5. I offer two versions of video...1min or full feature (up to 3min). Each realtor has their own way of listing properties, and some love the longer vids, some love the short preview style. With this home, I encouraged the realtor to go with a full video, but she insisted that it was such a small home compared to most that she sells, 1min should be just right. Yep, you read that correctly. She called a 3500sqft home 'small'. Capture time is actually almost the same. Still need to set up the rooms, lights, get the details, etc. Plus, I always capture enough for a full feature video, in case they decide to upgrade after seeing the short version. Post production time is definitely less to create a 1min vid. On top of that, the client wished to purchase an exclusive license, which definitely increases the price, since I lose earning potential on an exclusive license.
  6. Aloha all! I recently had the pleasure of filming a $21M home on Maui, with the challenge of squeezing most of the goodies into a single minute. Admittedly, this was a tough one. The interior space is rather dark, so I needed a bit of lighting to help out. The property itself is heavily guarded by trees on the ocean side, making it tough to actually see. Additionally, there are so many special features of this home, a minute isn't nearly enough to showcase them all, so selecting the best of the best was a chore. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the outcome, and the client is most definitely happy, which is the most important thing. This video was shot on a Mavic 2 Zoom and Sony A7R3. Enjoy!
  7. Aloha pilot ohana! I thought it might be fun to show a little bit of interior photo work from the weekend. These are all single exposures, lit by a combination of Speedlites. Enjoy!
  8. Bonus: A shot from inside showing the view. This image was not shot with a drone, but rather a Sony a7r3. It's a single exposure using a handful of radio strobes scattered about.
  9. Aloha friends, Tonight I'm sharing a recent work project photo, shot for a luxury home listing on the island (Maui). This home was listed at $7.5M and I was delighted to provide the entire photo & video media kit. I've been enjoying the M2Z telephoto feature to help create a shallow depth of field via lens compression. The compression @ 48mm seems to help stretch the background, making mountains feel tall, rather than squashed flat. I keep pushing this little camera for all it's worth, and it keeps surprising me along the way as I discover limits. Mahalo for viewing, feel free to fire any questions my way, I'm happy to share.
  10. Anyone here ever hear of the Pe'ahi Challenge? Today's video is not from the WSL event itself, but from another day of swells for fun. These waves maxed out around 25ft or so, which is a medium sized day at this break. Waves have been known to reach heights over 60+ft, and these crazy mo-fos ride these mountains, like the bad-a$$ MF's they are. I was delighted to have a clear sky, no helicopters, and only one other UAV buzzing around. From what I hear from my friends in the boats (photographer boats), the other drone kissed the water later on, after I left. Gotta love the M2Z for getting the shots but staying outta the action!
  11. I recently wrapped up another luxury property video, a place on the north side of the island. Windward Maui is a tough cookie...either it's so windy the drone is dancing all over the sky, or the sky is calm, cloudy and threatening rain. There's only a small window of time each day to capture a fairly nice sky and keep the drone stable for smooth video...and that window of time varies daily. On this day, however, we got extremely lucky. Beautiful clear skies, barely any wind of which to speak, all day long through sunset! The house itself is kinda odd, the designer being a steel worker, so he used...you guessed it...lots of steel. No matter the project, it can be tricky to make surface rusted steel look cool, but fortunately this house had some dark finish tones that complimented it. Probably the ONLY time I've been grateful the place was oddly dark (many of these high end luxury homes are poorly lit, and I have no idea why). Side Notes: Pardon the dirty mirrors please...the owners 'cleaned up', but I guess that doesn't mean the same as what we imagine for the shoot. In their defense, windward Maui is a tough area to live and not have dirt flying around. Also, please excuse the lazy front yard dog. Damn thing was so lazy it wouldn't even raise it's head when I cruised the drone just a few feet overhead. Just raised its eyes to watch it pass, kept on lounging. Actually, my kinda dog! Anyhow, enjoy! https://vimeo.com/312505804
  12. @Luke This is cool, I dig it! I had totally forgotten that there are places in the world where being only a minute or two from the highway is cool. lol I like the extra details you included, and the music wasn't overbearing. Nice work!
  13. Actually, @Av8Chuck, I had a tricky time leading through this property to make it flow. The layout of the house is such that it's not really the easiest to create a walk-through. In fact, I found myself actually walking all over the place, discovering more rooms here and there. lol Thanks for the compliments and the feedback, that's one of the main reasons I post this stuff here -to grow and learn. Have you booked your flight here yet for 2019??
  14. Just wrapped this one tonight, thought I'd share. I usually keep the videos under the 3min mark, but the client wanted a longer video, and this home lent well to it. So much goodness packed into 3500+ sq.ft., it would be tough to keep it under 3min anyhow! For this project, I used a good bit of lighting on the interior view shots, as the dark wood trim just ate up all the available natural light. The home is beautiful, but definitely kinda dark by design. Color grading was quite an undertaking as well, trying to squeeze all the available data for everything I could. This one is best viewed in 4k on a large screen with premium sound. Enjoy!
  15. I did NOT get to drink that coffee, can you believe it?! They just grabbed the cup, tossed it into the sink like it was yesterday's trash! #richpeopleproblems Yes, I recall that article about Mr. Lik. He's not necessarily loved amongst most photography circles, although I'm guessing there's a bit of hater-ade some folks tend to drink out of jealousy now and again. But to each his own, I suppose. I've met folks who don't think our complimentary beach photo sessions are a great way to do biz, but it works for us. Thanks for all the support and feedback about the videos. I keep trying to get better with each one, and sometimes I'm my own worst critic, as I can see room for improvement in everything I produce. So, an 'attaboy' goes a long way!
  16. What does a $6M Maui beachfront home look like? Step inside and have a look!
  17. Well, how was the gallery experience? I see you already started with your own gallery image of that area!
  18. Np, glad you like the edit! If you have any questions, hit me up and I'll gladly assist. Enjoy delving into the catalog!
  19. Sorry, I realized I had the exposure too high on this, re-worked it. Here's the correct version I meant to send you. Catalog should match this one now. This also means there wasn't as much data loss in the highlights as I had thought initially.
  20. *spell correction: Lana'i - only one letter 'I' in the mix.
  21. Mahalo, Alan! I had a run through the image, and here are a few notes: In the future, if you'll pull the drone back another 300ft or so, there will be room to straighten the lines of the buildings, without losing the desired scene. I tried straightening this image, but it suffered a loss of sky or the pier, have to choose. Instead of sacrificing the scene, I omitted the process altogether. Found some critical data loss in the sky highlights, toward the center of the frame. I recommend shooting at least -1/3 EV, sometimes even -2/3, and on rare occasions, a full stop below. The Hasselblad seemed to do well recovering shadow tones, so I wouldn't fear exposing for the highlights a little more conservatively. The key to an image like this, as you'll find in the catalog, is brush tool, brush tool, brush tool. Over the years, I've created a few import presets that really help me get close. It reduces the editing time a LOT, because they're custom built to fit the settings I use. It makes shooting for your edit process a ton easier. Enjoy! Lightroom Catalog --------> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a7iwnifhjsochj7/AABK8dUSp3Wy1Iflc5FZL7MBa?dl=0 Edited image: https://www.dropbox.com/s/66osevynonhns92/DJI_0074_original.jpg?dl=0
  22. Aloha friends! Today I'm sharing an image shot for a recent work project. On this island, we have only 2 seasons - summer and winter. Winter cloud cover tends to bring some of the most dramatic sunsets, with fire in the sky, almost every single evening. In the distant left of the frame, you can see the island of Kaho'olawe (Kah-ho-oh-la-vay), with Molokini (Moh-loh-kee-nee) crater in front of it (looks like a little tiny island). In the distant right of the frame, you can see the edge of the island of Lanai'i (Luh-nah-ee), an island that is currently privately owned in it's entirety by Larry Ellison, of Oracle. 7 shots, 1 HDR merge, all manually exposed. Enjoy and Mahalo for viewing!
  23. Aloha Alan, This is a beautiful image, for sure! I have a few feedback notes, regarding a bit of color work. I could type them up here, or if you'll send me the RAW file, I'll make the adjustment in LR and send you the catalog, so you can see exactly what I did? Great shot, regardless, thanks for sharing! Warmest Mahalo, Jonathon