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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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KCRA Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal, U-2 Pilot

February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Friday, February 13, 2015, might as well have been called “Mike Carroll Day” at KCRA because I had two separate stories that ran on the news — “Calling All Dreamers” in the 6 o’clock, and...

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KCRA Calling All Dreamers

February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

When it rains, it pours! In the last two weeks of December I did four reporter-photographer packages for KCRA. I’ve wanted to do another package–or a couple more!– since then, but not had the opportunity....

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KCRA The 2015 Running Season Begins!

January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Saturday, January 3, 2015. The first weekend day of the new year. It’s a Saturday so, of course, I’m working. And Saturdays are typically short-staffed, like every workplace, so I will typically be given a...

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KCRA Restaurants Optimistic for 2015

January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

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....

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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...

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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...

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