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Customer Spotlight: KEJ Productions

2 days ago 186 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Kaleb & Elaine of KEJ Prodctions from Orlando, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

We are Kaleb and Elaine - the husband and wife duo that make up KEJ Productions. We specialize in wedding cinematography and life event stories. We filmed our first wedding about a year and a half ago and it’s been quite the awesome ride since.

How did you get into photography and/or video?

We both have a strong background in audio engineering and live production - it’s actually how we met! We fell into videography by accident really. We were producing a couple videos for church and a close friend of ours asked “you guys can film our wedding right?” We thought “uh, yea!” After filming and editing the wedding we realized just how much we enjoyed it and realized this was something we could excel at together. That was the beginning of KEJ Productions!

Where are you located?

Our office is right smack downtown Orlando, however we find ourselves all over. We’re traveling a lot next year which is pretty cool.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

We’re both musicians so we like to sleep. In all seriousness, we’re the biggest nerds ever. If we’re not editing, we’re listening or playing music.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

Providing heirlooms is by far the most rewarding part of wedding videography. We’ve done a lot of cool things with our careers prior to KEJ, but we both agree that not much has topped what we’ve been able to be a part of this year. Wedding days are incredibly intimate, and it’s such an honor that our clients trust us and invite us in to this space to capture what will be seen and revisited for generations.

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

BACKLOG and storage. 4K is cool till you have to store it somewhere!

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

We tend to stay on the ground to tell most of our stories, however, when we see the need for aerial footage, the Phantom 4 is our go to rental.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

Sony A7RII with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L and pray an adapter washes up on shore.

Where can people follow you or find your work online?

We can be found at Connect with us on Facebook. Our Instagram features our latest work and same day edits at @KEJProductions. You can see our latest full highlight reels on our Vimeo page.

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A local shop called “Kelly’s” makes this killer homemade ice cream called “Blondie”.

Thank you Kaleb & Elaine of KEJ Productions for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. We've included some of Kaleb & Elaine's work below:

Easier With A Rig

6 days ago 25 Views

Getting a Glidecam HD 2000 or a DJI Ronin-M Video Gimbal may seem like the only tool when it comes to getting your video stabilization ready. Many times when you are out on a shoot you realize holding either of those pieces of equipment can become physically demanding, resulting in several breaks in between scenes. There is a solution out there that you may not know we carry here at the Lens Depot!

One of those Solutions is the Glidecam X10 Vest System. This can be used with the Glidecam HD 2000 or the Glidecam HD 4000. It is a special rig because it completely takes the load off of your arm and evenly distributes the weight throughout your upper body. You can go for hours with this on if you'd like. Combined with the stabilizer, it covers you on all axis's meaning you can run, climb stairs and even jump and still keep a nice smooth shot all the way through!

The solution for the DJI Ronin-M Video Gimbal comes through the Easyrig MiniMax Camera Support System (Supports 4.4-15.4lbs) & Easyrig Cinema Vario 5 Camera Support System (Supports 11-38lbs). The Ronin becomes physically demanding on your arms after using it for for a scene or two, resulting in having to place it back on the stand in between scenes. To relieve the load of the system, these two rigs take the weight from the top of the rig giving you full motion and use of the rig without feeling it in your arms. The weight gets distributed through the vest for hours of shooting power!

Both of these rig systems are available to rent now at The Lens Depot. You can pair them up or rent them separately. These rigs are a must have at your next shoot and will also give you a more desirable shooting look. You can take a look at all of these options and more in the Stabilizer section of the website!

Support Equipment To Consider

16 days ago 70 Views

If you use equipment like the Glidecam HD 2000, DJI Ronin-M Video Gimbal, and the Kessler Cineslider 5ft, but are still looking for ways to create even more dynamic and creative shots, then there is definitely a few pieces of equipment you should consider. Getting great shots can be tough when you only have a limited amount of options available to help you achieve those great shots. There are many options when it comes to alternative Support Equipment, but here are a few you should definitely consider!

If you have never used a jib (camera crane) before, then you are definitely going to want to rent the Kessler KC-Lite Camera Crane! A camera crane like this is great, because you can achieve so many smooth dynamic shots. Cranes are usually known for creating great establishing shots, but can also be used to capture nice low shots and even give you slider type shots. The other great part is that it's extremely portable! This camera crane can be carried around and setup up on a tripod like the Fluid Head 504 and Tripod 546B Manfrotto!

Another great tool is the Pico Dolly! It may seem simple, but it's a powerful took to use on your next shoot! You can use this like a slider and you can even get creative and use it on a table, or wall! There are so many possibilities and it's very affordable to rent! Pair this up with a Canon 5D Mark IV Camera to get some great smooth 4k footage!

All of these items are available to rent at The Lens Depot right now! There are so many choices, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to see what will work best for your next shoot!

DJI Introduces the Phantom 4 Pro

20 days ago 150 Views

DJI had a big announcements this week by unveiling a brand new addition to their ever-growing Phantom lineup. The Phantom 4 Pro+ improves upon the already stellar Phantom 4 drone with some welcome additions. The biggest change to the Phantom 4 Pro+ is a brand new 1-inch image sensor, a first for DJI. This brand new sensor allows still images up to 20 megapixels and 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. Video is now captured at a 100Mbps bitrate over the original Phantom 4's 60Mbps.

The body is very similar to that of the Phantom 4, with some key improvements. There are now vision sensors in both the front and rear of the craft, with new infrared sensors on the left and right sides. This also improves the ActiveTrack feature, allowing pilots to select between trace, profile, and spotlight modes. The improved battery also allows flight times of up to 30 minutes, the most of any DJI drone. Last, the remote now features a built-in 5.5" 1080p screen, reducing the need to provide your own phone or tablet and simplifying the pre-flight process. This will also help improve latency and video lag.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is expected before the end of 2016 and can be pre-ordered here. Stay tuned for updates on when the Phantom 4 Pro+ will be available. Below is a video preview from DJI.

Print Photos on the Spot with the DNP RX-1

23 days ago 205 Views

In today's fast moving world, many clients want instant gratification of their images. If you're looking for a solution to print images on the spot for your next event or for a photo booth, look no further than the DNP RX-1 Photo Printer.

The DNP RX-1 is capable of printing in either 4x6" or 6x8" sized prints. The paper is not included with the rental, but it can be purchased separately through our site. The 4x6" roll yields up to 700 prints while the 6x8" roll yields up to 350 prints. Best of all, the print time is pretty quick with a single 4x6" print coming in at just 14.9 seconds and a single 6x8" at just 26.9 seconds. The printer's footprint is relatively small at just 12.6" x 13.8" x 11."

You will need a desktop or laptop to connect to the the DNP RX-1 printer. Drivers can be downloaded directly from the DNP Website. If you are using a Windows machine, you can also utilize DNP's Hot Folder Utility program, which allows you to drag and drop images directly to a "Hot Folder" and they will print the images right away. On a Mac (or on a Windows machine if you'd prefer to not use the Hot Folder Utility program), you can print directly from your photo program of choice once you have the drivers installed.

We've put together a brief overview video about the DNP RX-1 below. Give it a try on your next rental here.

Landscape Lenses

27 days ago 92 Views

Landscape Lenses

Everyone has those beautiful landscapes or open areas that they come across that deserves to be captured. Capturing these scenes can be hard if you don't have the right type of lens with you. The Lens Depot carries a wide variety of Nikon Wide Angle Lenses and Canon Wide Angle Lenses. These premium lenses can be rented at affordable rates to capture those wide angle shots. Having the right equipment along will make all the difference. Lets look at a some of the options you could try out today!

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L is a premium wide angle lens that offers a significant reduction in chromatic aberrations while four aspherical elements help to minimize distortions throughout the zoom range. If this lens is a bit out of your rental budget, a great follow up would be the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens.

For Nikon users the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8G ED Lens ultra wide-angle AF-S zoom lens is optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX and DX format image sensors. Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements and PGM aspherical lenses control chromatic aberrations. A great budget follow-up to this lens would be the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens.

There are definitely many options to choose from, but with the options above you have a great start with getting those amazing landscape shots! The Lens Depot has premium and affordable options to choose from. Either direction you take will yield great results. Renting is a good way to try different lenses and compare results to see which lens best suits your needs.

The DJI Mavic Pro Has Arrived!

1 month ago 135 Views

Our first batch of the DJI Mavic Pro drones have arrived. We've put together a brief overview of what's included with our rental package along with a few tips before you fly!

The DJI Mavic Pro can be rented here.

Event Planning?

1 month ago 136 Views

Planning an event? Want to take it to the next level? Your presentation is a focal point of any event! Why not introduce some digital content to your next event, with a projector and a screen? Whether it's a wedding, corporate dinner, birthday party, or even inviting your friends over to watch a movie. You can create an immersive environment that will bring life to your next event. The Lens Depot actually offers a couple of options that could help make that happen!

Projecting an image at any event has always been a nice touch, but with the Epson 725HD Projector you can get a crisp clear HD Image to display to your audience. Grab your computer and connect it through VGA or HDMI connection and with a large projected image from your computer you can display commercials, pictures, etc. You can get an even more intense high quality image with the Optoma 3D 1080P HD141X Projector.

With a good projector on hand you may not want to project onto a wall, because it may not be fitting for your event. Why not project onto a portable solid screen like the Portable Tripod Screen 80-Inch that can setup in about a minute, with 3 different aspect ratios sizes to choose from. If you are outdoors and the 80' portable tripod screen isn't big enough, then you can just setup the Inflatable Outdoor Movie Screen and really create that immersive environment!

Now that you have the basic set up, we must not forget about sound! We have you covered with the Mackie SRM150 Compact Active PA System. It is a small, but powerful system that will give you enough power to reach your audience. All of these Items are available for rent at The Lens Depot.

Customer Spotlight: Alex Fedotov

1 month ago 251 Views

We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Alex Fedotov from Orlando, FL.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I am Alex Fedotov of AD.JUST video production - a creative video production agency serving Central and South Florida.

Most of our projects are videos aiming commercial or corporate proposes: event videos, web and TV commercials, product videos, testimonials and Kickstarters. We use to work in and for marketing agencies doing projects for top accounts like PepsiCo, CraftFoods, Nestle, Nike and that is why our marketing and strategic experience helps us to deliver both creative and professional vision to all our projects here locally.

How did you get into photography and/or video?

Video and music have always been my passion and being originally from Moscow, Russia I graduated from a TV and broadcasting university majoring in documentary directing and graduated second Video school here in US. Before making it my professional occupation, I've always filmed my travel trips with friends to make a memorable video after, I think that is how that started. Later I got involved into music video making and then advertising videos.

Where are you located?

We are located in Downtown Orlando.

What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?

Music. I"ve been a front-man of a rock band for 15 years as well as as music composer and lyrics writer for my songs. We've been playing for 15 years and we eventually become a favorite band of Russian soccer fans (Soccer Club CSKA). They still listen to my music!

And that is the reason why we also film music videos, mostly for fun since young musicians don't have crazy budgets.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

My favorite thing about being a filmmaker is a process of idea creation and if the client trusts us in that and gives certain freedom the results usually exceed executions.

What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?

The least favorite things are technical issues that happen on set because that directly effects the final product. Sometimes you don't have another chance to capture those specific frames you planned.

What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?

I like Canon C100 Mark II for its cinematography quality and how easy it is to use.

If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?

I would bring Canon C100 Mark II and Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS.

Where can people follow you or find your work online? (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.)

Our website is You can also find us through various Social Media platforms like our pages on Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+.

Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Vanilla :)


Thank you Alex for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. We've included some of Alex's work below:

Portable Lighting

1 month ago 178 Views

We all know lighting is a key element to getting the best results when you are doing photography or video. What do you do when you go to a location where you don't have any available power sources to fuel your light? This is where portable lighting options and tricks come in. Having a great light setup for your next shoot is not as complicated as you think. Below are a couple of lighting options for you to check out!

Ikan IB508 LED Light Kit V2(Portable) are a must have option for easy, portable, professional, lighting. LED Lights have boomed into the photography and film industry and a go to choice when it comes to lighting your set. Sometimes hotshoe camera lighting like the Litepanels MicroPro hotshoe LED Light may or may not be enough and when that happens, these lights are the perfect solution! If you have a partner on set and you have a moving shot then you can keep your subject lit, just by having your partner walk with it along side of you. The possibilities are endless!

Lastolite Panelite Reflector 4x6' is a 4x6' reflector that has a high silver reflective panel for intense, crisp light projection. It also has a soft white side for beautiful, soft diffused light projection. This reflector is best known for it's performance in the sun, but you can also achieve a great deal with it in low light situations by reflecting another light source nearby. It is a very simple design with a lot of power.

Having great lighting is essential to any film or photography set. There are many locations that we may encounter that limit our ability to get the best result due to poor lighting conditions. Knowing that there are simple solutions available, can enhance your creativity! Why not enhance your creativity today? All of these simple lighting solutions are available to rent now at The Lens Depot!