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 —
“Doing more with less.” We’ve heard this a lot over the past number of years, particularly in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn. I’ve taken advantage of that ethos in expanding from shooting TV...Read More →
Ever since I’ve been shooting TV news, if I’m working Thanksgiving Day, I can count on being at shelter or a church filming traditional Thanksgiving meals being served to those in need. It just goes...Read More →
Anyone who’s read any of this site will know that I love vineyards and will look for any opportunity to do a wine story. There’s something so beautiful about the symmetry of the lines of...Read More →
It’s been a helluva couple weeks in Northern California. Two fires broke out—literally exploded—in a matter of days. One—the Valley Fire in the Calistoga, northern Napa and Sonoma area—went from 0 acres to 20,000 acres...Read More →
What I love about the GoPro camera is that they seem to be able to go just about anywhere. For this story I just wanted it to go to the ground. We’ve all probably been...Read More →
I’m often asked, “How do you get a job shooting in TV news?” If you try my book, Breaking Into TV News, I detail the step-by-step process to how new people, predominantly college students, can...Read More →
Saturday, May 15, 2015 Normally I work the morning-afternoon shift on Saturdays at KCRA, working 7 AM-4 PM. But this particular Saturday I traded with one of the nightside shooters so he could attend the...Read More →
The Amgen Tour of California begins today in Sacramento and KCRA-3 TV kicked it off with lengthy coverage of the morning preparations on KCRA Reports at 7 AM and 8AM, our daily two-hour news block. the morning...Read More →
If you’ve been dropping in on my GoPro series, I’ve been trying to incorporate GoPro footage as much as I can, using the little action camera as a primary news camera. I’m still using my...Read More →
This all got started when back in January my incredible sister Margo Carroll sent me a text with a picture of a Bolex H16 16mm movie camera that was at an auction she was attending....Read More →
Continuing in the series I am writing on using the GoPro action camera in “non-action” news coverage. Readers please note: I am not writing this series in any particular order or plan in mind. Perhaps...Read More →
I am fascinated by cameras and always looking at new cameras and thinking of how I can use them in my job of shooting news to make pictures that are interesting for me to shoot and...Read More →
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 →