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GoPro in the Sierra Nevadas

January 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is just going to be a short one. When KCRA news shooters at are assigned to head “up to the hill” into the mountains to cover the winter snows, in addition to our new stories, we always shoot weather video — footage of the highways to show weather and road conditions. We typically shoot these...

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Batting 4-For-3 — At Channel Three

January 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to 2016! 2015 was a big year. To be honest, I think every year is a big year. Or should be. I think every year has value if we truly look back on it and see the accomplishments — personal, professional, family, relationships, direction, etc. — and see that, regardless of how it looked...

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KCRA—First Baby Born in Sacramento 2016

January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Going into the 2015 Holidays, I told the news managers at KCRA that my goal was to turn a reporter-photographer package on all three of the major holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. I’d volunteered to work the holidays. It helps out the shooters with kids to be able to be with their families. And I get...

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KCRA–GoPro–Beverley Carlson, E-Bike Rider

December 26, 2015 | 1 Comments

I love bicycles! I got my first bicycle when I was 13 – a used orange 10-speed Schwinn. It opened up my world. I rode that bike EVERYWHERE! By the time I was fifteen I was riding it twenty miles from where I lived, never letting my parents know how far I was going and...

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2015 has been a wild year for me. Some of which I’ve mentioned here recently, others I may bring up at a later date. Among them, my recent article on my taking a break from filmmaking and focusing my creative juices on my TV journalism/photojournalism work at KCRA (which is a paying gig!), and other...

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A News Day-In-The-Life: When I come into work in the mornings I almost never know what I’m going to be doing or where I’m going to be going that day. And I like that. I like showing up and the day becomes and improv, like Jazz, that you just go with, and respond to. I’m...

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In Edit Bay #10, A.K.A. Mike Carroll's bay, editing the kittens story.

I Am NOT Making A New Film—And Why

December 13, 2015 | 1 Comments

(Advance To Reader: This Is A Diary Entry–What I’ve been up to, what I haven’t been doing & why. This is more written. And more will follow in subsequent entries. I’m still here. I’m still writing. I’m still posting videos when I do them. I’m not taking off any time soon!!!) Every time I run...

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GoPro–Three Camera Shoot–One Cameraman

November 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

“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 news to shooting and being my own reporter. Certainly also with my films as a writer-producer-director-cameraman-editor-distributor. But these efforts have...

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KCRA Salvation Army Food Truck Thanksgiving

November 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 with the job, no getting around it. This year, however, for the first time, I not only shot the story,...

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KCRA—Nello Olivo Grape Harvest 2015    

September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 the grapevines, and I can never get enough of shooting close-ups of blue or green grapes hanging in bunches from...

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KCRA – Filming the Firefights

September 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 in one hour. Everyone has heard about California’s drought. Well, it’s nearly the end of the summer and the state...

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GoPro Gets Organic — Part 5

July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 noticing the rise of farmer’s markets and organic produce sections in grocery stores. I’ve done a couple of farmer’s market...

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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 get their feet in the doors and from there to a career in the business. If you’re already a shooter...

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This last Friday morning, Gina Knepp, manager of the Sacramento Animal Shelter on Front Street e-mailed the KCRA-3 News assignment desk telling us that the day before they had a record sixty — 60 — kittens dropped off. This is an astounding number of animals to have surrendered to the shelter in one day. And this...

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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 retirement party of a fellow photographer at one of the other stations across town. (NOTE #1: I don’t regard the...

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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 coverage. Sunday is normally my Saturday, since my weekly shift is Tuesday-Saturday, but I volunteered to be the extra roving...

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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 Sony HD XDCAM for recording interviews, but it is only a matter of time before I am going to do...

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Notice: GoPro filming a GoPro. The girl in the lower right is recording with her GoPro.

GoPro Goes News–The first story–Part 3

April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

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. She remembered way, way back to the 1970s when I co-owned one with my high school photography best friend Mike...

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