Fujifilm Nordic Workshop

Last Saturday I was in Oslo at an event with Fujifilm Nordic. Fujifilm Nordic invited representatives from all the main photo shops to take part in an “ambassador” meet and great. The ambassador is the person at the local shop in charge of promoting Fujifilm products. At the shop where I work that’s me.

It was a very interesting day. First was the obligatory update on Fujifilm products and campaigns. It was very nice to get some new insight, and more product knowledge. I find it much more interesting and fun to work with and sell product I actually know well, and know are good products.

The event was held in the studio of new Norwegian X-photographer Pål Laukli, and after the guys from Fujifilm finished, he had arranged a little workshop where we shot with the X-T1 and different lenses in his studio. The guys from Fujifilm had brought the entire rage of XF lenses for us to try, even the brand new XF 16mm 1:1.4R WR (this looks like an amazing lens by the way!). It was very interesting to pick up some tips on lighting for studio, something I’ve rarely done.

What I noticed when importing and editing the images afterwards was that I shot mainly on wide open apertures. At 1.2 and 1.4 the Fujinon lenses are fantastic! Very sharp and very little vignetting. I also noticed that I didn’t need to do a lot of post processing on the RAW-files. They look very good straight from the camera. As long as I did things right in the first place, and the exposure and such is correct, I ended up just applying Fuji’s film simulations and doing some minor tweaks afterwards. Below are some photos from the workshop.

Bislett Games 2012

This is actually a post I’ve been meaning to write for over a week, but just haven’t found the time to do so.

Bislett Stadion, the stadium hosting the Bislett Games

Last Thursday the annual Bislett Games, an international track and field event, took place at Bislett Stadium in Oslo. Being a big international event that is part of the Diamond League the event is broadcasted every year. In charge of the production was the NRK, and being an intern there I got to be part of it. I operated one of the standard camera with a wide shot during the running events so nothing too cool. What was cool, however was the fact that this actually became my first ever job on an internationally broadcasted production!

How many cameras can you spot?

The production of Bislett Games is a pretty huge one. There was 30-something cameras in use. Some normal TV-cameras mounted on tripods, but a lot of other special cameras. In addition to the more conventional cranes and Steadicams, some more unconventional cameras and equipment was used. Such as a wirecam with a stabilized Cineflex camera, rail camera, remote-controlled cameras, and mini-cameras. Some of these systems such as the wire camera was actually developed by a guy at the NRK who specializes in engineering custom-made special cameras.

HD1 and HD2. NRK’s newest and largest OB-trailers.

The car park for the production was quite large. Two HD OB-trailers and three SNG vans. In addition there was a number of transport vehicles. 4-5 trucks and a number of vans to transport personnel and equipment.

A small part of the carpark.

Needless to say a production of this size require preparation. A total of three days was used to pull cables, rig cameras and equipment. All for a show that lasted an evening. Now a little bit of numbers and  fun facts:

  • The production used over 30 cameras.
  • Required over 8000 meters of cables.
  • 2 state of the art HD OB busses was used. Track events was being produced simultaneously as field events. Two simultaneous productions were made; one national and one international.
  • The international broadcast was broadcasted to 159 countries.

Bislett Game 2012. The event was sold out and the stadium was packed!

Start of an internship

The past days I’ve been introduced to a lot of new things. I’ve travelled to Oslo, moved into student housing, and started my internship at NRK. The latter, of course, is the most interesting.

So to my internship so far. Day one was mostly a tour of the facilities, saying ‘Hello’ to some people and getting to know the place. The NRK have some huge facilities spread out over several buildings, that house both TV and radio as well as a public visitors center. I’ve only familiarized myself with the Television House. Or at least parts of it…

Day two was equipment introduction. Familiarizing myself with dollies and cameras and getting a little bit of hands on training with the studio dollies.

Day three was more equipment introduction. This time with the focus on OB-equipment. NRK, like any major broadcaster, does a lot of OB-work. They maintain two brand new, state of the art, HD OB-busses and a third is on it’s way. I got a tour of one of the busses with one of the TOMs and it was a pretty impressive set up! There was no set back when it came to equipment or possibilities. In fact while they update the control room for one of the main studios with HD equipment, they are using the bus outside as a temporary control room.

All in all it’s been a couple of first days with lot of new and cool things.

Internship

It’s been quiet here lately. The main reason is because I’ve been busy with exams. I’ve had three large exams. Large mainly because two of the classes lasted two semesters with large exams at the end.

Anyway, all my exams are now done. Tonight I’m jumping on a train, headed for Oslo for a month or so internship with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK. It’s the largest media organization in Norway and a renowned broadcaster internationally, being one of the founding members of the EBU. My internship is with the multi-camera production division. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to it! It’ll be interesting and a lot of fun!