Q1. What is "4K"?
4K is an abbreviated reference to a video's resolution of either 4,096 x 2,160 pixels (digital cinema) or 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (TV & consumer media). Both of these variants refer to a 4K (i.e. 4,000) horizontal resolution. As a reference, 4K has four times the resolution of 1080 Full HD. Additionally, 8K is further on the horizon with resolution dimensions of 8,192 x 4,320 pixels (17x greater than 1080 Full HD).
Q2. What are your rates?
How long is a great movie? Assuredly here is no simple, single answer. Email with as much information about your concept/shoot as possible and I will respond in a timely manner with a customized bid that takes into account the many variables that come into play for any given photo/video shoot.
Q3. Do you travel? If so, what are your fees?
Yes, I travel quite frequently for shoots. I have circumnavigated the entire earth for commissioned work; I am not only willing but well experienced with traveling for work. Fees are what you would likely expect: airfare, transportation, accommodations, & food.
Q4. Do you have insurance?
Yes. I have both Liability Insurance as well as Equipment Insurance.
Q5. What type of equipment do you use?
I own almost everything you'll see me on location with. For photography, I shoot on the Canon 5D Mark IV, and use a variety of Canon & Rokinon glass. I have a Speedlite 430 EXII as well as other options for continuous lighting.
For cinematography, I shoot with the RED Weapon & RED Epic-W with Canon & Rokinon glass. For moving shots I'll use the Movi M10. I have a boom mic set-up for audio recording needs as well as on-camera audio options. I have a Kino Flo lighting kit along with a softbox and a portable color-changing LED light. For aerials I use the DJI Phantom 3 Pro 4K.
Q6. How do you deliver the final product(s)?
Typically it's one of 2 options:
1. I deliver the final file(s) to you digitally (via a link to download or on a client-provided hard drive);
2. For video I can upload the file directly to your YouTube/Vimeo channel (this is helpful when the 4K files are quite large and you don't want to deal with the hassle).
Q7. How do you handle copyrighted music?
I subscribe to an online music library called Art-List. They license me any song I select from their database for any type of commercial use. 100% legal. 100% peace of mind.
Q8. Is it just you shooting or do you have someone else with you?
For most shoots I have a production assistant with me. For larger productions, I have additional crew as needed, each person being very well-trained in their particular role.
Q9. Do you have a drone?
Yes, for aerials I shoot on the DJI Phantom 4 (4K).
Q10. What do you specialize in?
Live events, commercials, and documentaries utilizing 4K cinematography & ultra high resolution still photography.
Q11. What editing software do you use?
From most to least used: Premiere, Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects, RED Cine-X Pro, Audition, Illustrator.
Q12. Do you have any type of guarantee on satisfaction?
Typically you don't make the final payment until you are completely satisfied with the project. Any different arrangements will be made in your contract.
Q13. Do you need a deposit for event photography/videography? How much?
Yes. This ensures that I'm not turning down other work in vain. For most one-day events the deposit is $500. Subject to change.
Q14. Do you accept credit cards?
Not right now. I prefer digital transfers such as Venmo, Paypal, or even Wells Fargo Zelle. Cash & check are also accepted.
Q15. Do you maintain a back-up of the footage?
Yes. After the project is complete and all deliverables are in your digital hands, I maintain a copy in the case that you'd like something changed/altered in the future (which does happen from time to time).
Q16. Can we see proofs online or how do we get them?
Yes. I typically email you a download link to your watermarked images or post them to a password-protected private album on my website.
Q17. How long does it take you to edit?
This could range from 1 day to perhaps 4-8 weeks depending on what type of project we're collaborating on. For example, product photos will take much less time than a 7-minute documentary.
Q18. Do you give us all the raw photos?
Generally my photo pricing is for a select number of edited photos (you can pick this number). Obtaining all the raw or unedited files is an additional cost. A great number of my clients choose to add this on to their package(s) from the get-go so they know they'll be getting absolutely everything in the end.
Q19. How much photoshopping do you do? Can you add in people or do face swaps?
I fix minor/temporary blemishes (ex: pimples, fly away hairs blown into face, stains, etc). With large groups, I shoot multiple photos in burst mode to capture everyone with their eyes open in at least one photo, and then use Photoshop to merge those into a single flawless photo worthy of printing. For families with young children this is an absolute MUST. I can also add in a person entirely if they're out of town or sick during the photoshoot. All of this at no extra charge.