(Van Nuys, California--May 26, 2011) When not shooting wedding or celebrity photography, Joey Skibel immerses himself in capturing exciting images of a variety of sports exhibitions. He recently shot professional Skateboarder Zac Archuleta, to show the physical artistry and excitement that is part of this dynamic sport.
My package for this documentary was the Canon 5D MK II, with several Canon L lenses, a Marshall Monitor and Schneider 4x4 filters. “I use only Schneider ND filters because they allow me to shoot very shallow depth-of-field and maintain my 50th of a second shutter speed while shooting in bright daylight, which was what we had as I followed Zac’s moves. In addition to the NDs I use Circular Pols and Grads. The quality of Schneider filters is quite amazing. I take them on all of my shoots.”
Skibel shot Archuleta, as he executed everything from skate ramps and rail jumps to gap-to-ledge and blunt-side-front-side moves, at Volcom Skate Park in Costa Mesa, California. Skibel felt that he needed a little more freedom and support with his camera. “That’s where the Cam Caddie was perfect,” he says. “It was the ideal tool for me to get the low angle shots I needed. It’s small, lightweight, and ergonomic. There is no other support out there that could help me get those kinds of shots.”
Cam Caddie is a stabilizing handle and accessory holder system designed to work with virtually any lightweight DSLR and video-enabled DSLR camera. It provides a comfortable, solid camera platform that supports and dampens movement while shooting, enabling smooth and steady shots. Cam Caddie can also facilitate moves that look like a professional jib arm or camera stabilizer.
Schneider Optics Neutral Density Filters reduce the amount of light passing through the camera lens without changing the color of the scene. Especially useful in bright light conditions, they help prevent over exposure. They also allow proper exposure at wide lens openings, for reduced depth-of-field, and to highlight a key subject by making foreground and/or background out of focus. Schneider Neutral Density Filters are available as ND3, ND6, ND9 and ND 12.
Joey Skibel’s sports documentary is slated to be released on DVD in 2011. To find out more about Schneider filters or Cam Caddie, contact: Schneider Optics, 7701 Haskell Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406, telephone (818) 766-3715; fax (818) 505-9865; or at: 285 Oser Avenue, Hauppauge, NY 11788, telephone (800) 645-7239/(631) 761-5000, fax (631) 761-5090; http://www.schneideroptics.com