This is a new page for archiving my posts on shooting TV news — the stories that I’ve done and posting on this site, as well as my blogs about what I do as a TV news shooter and one-man TV news reporter. This may expand into other things as well. I’ve had several people ask me lately about what my next book will be about and whether it could be about how I do TV news, a field that they are very interested in themselves.
If you have any thoughts or interests in such a book — especially if you’d be someone who would actually buy a copy! — please send me a note.
I’m also on Facebook and welcome hearing from people, what your interests are and if you visit this site and how often.
Many thanks — and more to come —
On Christmas Day last week I just wanted to go out and do one of my own packages. I started out this New Year’s Day by continuing that holiday spirit and texting the KCRA assignment desk requesting to do the same....Read More →
News is a 24/7 business. No matter what day of the week, month, year, holiday, whatever — the show must go on. In the 31 years I’ve been shooting TV news I’ve had Christmas day...Read More →
Just as with Christmas shopping at the mall every year, from Black Friday after Thanksgiving — or nowadays even ON Thanksgiving — and all the way through to the end of December after-Christmas sales, if...Read More →
It’s late in December, which means that in TV news you’re going to be doing a lot of stories about Christmas shopping, food & toy collection drives, giveaways to the needy, not to mention snow...Read More →
I am a fanatic about editing and starting a shot on just the right frame — and frames in TV in the U.S. roll at 30-frames-per-second. But in editing, being off by so much as...Read More →
Election night is a big deal in TV news stations across the country. At KCRA in Sacramento, California, it is an institution. Once our prime news hours begin at 5 o’clock in the afternoon our...Read More →
I am always on the lookout for a story that I can do as a one-person reporter-photographer. I get ideas from friends, something I see when I’m driving around, the Internet and news sites. This...Read More →
So I had a week and a half of vacation. When it started out I had no plans. But I wanted to shoot something with the Canon 7D. I’ve had the camera since the 7D...Read More →
A month ago I had a week and a half off. Time to rest the mind and think about things other than news and filmmaking. So on the Monday morning at the beginning of the...Read More →
When I was given the go-ahead to start doing my own stories as both a photographer and reporter, I tried to focus on business stories about what small business were doing to keep afloat in the...Read More →
This is one of my same-day packages for KCRA-3. It seems like forever since I’ve done one. I’d like to do one or two a week, but I only get to do one of these...Read More →
Several weeks ago I wrote a post about a wild day that started with me leaving the house at 6 AM to drive up to Cameron Park (some thirty miles or so outside of Sacramento on...Read More →
This is a follow-up to an earlier post about the independent Sacramento-produced film Stolen Moments, which premiered in this year’s Sacramento Film & Music Festival. This story is twice as long as the news story...Read More →
As I write this, America has been in a state of war for a dozen years since 2001. The United States has withdrawn its combat troops from Iraq and next year, in 2014, is scheduled...Read More →
When I go out on a news story I do not have any plan. I basically just go and size it when I get there. When I started out in the business I was always...Read More →
(Header photo by Jay Spooner. Thanks, Jay) Wednesday, September 11, 2013 — the whirlwind day of a whirlwind week. It’s not uncommon for a reporter to have two stories on in a day, although in...Read More →
The 14th annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival gets underway at the Crest Theater. This is a a news story that I photographed, reported and edited for KCRA-3 TV News. A year and a half...Read More →
Yesterday I posted the behind-the-scenes story about covering the frontline firefighters battling the Rim Fire, which has now reached into Yosemite National Park. It’s reported to be 5% contained. Yesterday (Friday 8-23-2013) the fire was...Read More →