Sabean details progress of Bart, Ramos and Shaw

first_imgMILWAUKEE–After the Giants traded Andrew McCutchen to the Yankees last week, outfield prospect Chris Shaw received a call to join the roster and made his major league debut.A 2015 first round draft choice, Shaw led the organization with 24 home runs at Triple-A Sacramento this year and he already boasts the longest home run hit by a Giants player this season. But outside of a 468-foot solo shot at Coors Field, Shaw has struggled to adjust to major league pitching and has struck out in 10 of …last_img

Dekoda Watson’s vegetarian diet helps 49ers pass rushers feast

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Dekoda Watson showed up for his season debut Thursday night as a 246-pound, menacing defensive end.How he got there is a veggie tale.“I ate vegetarian the whole time,” Watson said. “I’m starting to enjoy it, and that’s scary.”Watson ballooned to 272 pounds shortly after injuring his hamstring two days before the season opener. This was no way to start his ninth NFL season, so the 30-year-old initially scarfed down SusieCakes and barbecue, on top of the “baby weight” he gained …last_img

Blog-To-Newsletter: Cheap Community and Advocacy Tools

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In the past, ReadWriteWeb covered a number of tools for book publishing; however, these are also great for easy newsletter building. Blurb and Lulu allow users to upload files and create saddle-stitched magazine-style booklets. Volunteer-run organizations often spend thousands of dollars on quarterly newsletters and direct mail solicitations. While the groups have the best of intentions, they often lack the in-house graphic designers and high-quality printers to actually produce these goods. Nevertheless, they almost always have blogs, websites and social media profiles for outreach purposes. In the past few months ReadWriteWeb has seen an influx of blog-to-newsletter media solutions. While many technologists have criticized print as a dead medium, blog-to-newsletter tools may be fantastic for advocates and service orgs. Below are a few companies to help get you started:MagCloud for Wikia: MagCloud has always given users a way to create custom magazines. In 2008, we covered MagCloud as an easy solution for self-publishing. The company’s recent Wikia partnership lets you take your favorite Wikia site and create print pages directly from the admin panel. MagCloud also offers PDF uploads for those with other types of sites. Fast Pencil: Earlier this month we featured FastPencil, as a company with great publishing and formatting tools for novelists and writers. One of the features of this site is that you can import your blog and it will auto-populate pages of your book. This service would offer a quick integration of your org’s blog and it also offers basic formatting including clean font choices. Tabbloid: HP Labs’ Tabbloid offers users a chance to select their favorite feeds, aggregate them as PDFs and schedule an email of the PDF. Organizations can add both their feeds as well as the feeds of related news sources. From here they can send their files to donors on a daily or weekly basis. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Concert Videography: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

first_imgHere are 8 tips for filming concerts both big and small — including what not to do.Cover image via Shutterstock.In what has become an absolute staple of the concert experience, videographers will now and forever be recording at shows. If you’ve attempted it before, you know that concerts can be tricky for several reasons.They’re loud. They’re often poorly lit. They’re crowded. They’re live (as in you only get one chance to catch each moment). They’re unpredictable, un-choreographed, and they don’t care if you get your shot or not.However, with a good attitude, good planning, and the right equipment, you can record shows with some pretty spectacular results. Let’s check out these tips on what works, and perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t.Do: Bring Multiple Audio Recording DevicesImage via dv247.When a person clicks on a concert video online, their first interest is the music. As a videographer, you should make audio your biggest concern. However, it can be risky to put all your stock into one device in one location. To get a full, rich texture of sound, you’ll need to spread out your devices to be close to the stage, in the crowd, and (if you get the chance) directly out from the board.Don’t: Put Your Microphone Directly In Front of a SpeakerImage via Shutterstock.When choosing your locations (especially if, say, you’re unable to have someone monitoring audio the whole time), you have to be mindful of the quality of audio you’ll get.Speakers at concerts are loud, and as such, to record their audio without peaking, you’ll have to adjust the levels as high as they go; however, concerts can get quiet as well, which means you’ll have to adjust (or your recorder will). Unless your device has phenomenal dynamic range, you’re going to get harsh cuts.Instead, try to find balanced locations where the audio has space to dissipate in the air and combine with the other speakers (with a little bit of crowd noise mixed in).Do: Get Multiple AnglesImage via Shutterstock.Depending on the type of coverage you’re looking for (either a full show start-to-finish, one song, or a hodgepodge for B-roll), getting multiple angles is an absolute necessity to make your video interesting, varied, and comprehensive. Try to get an array of wide shots and close-ups, and feature each of the band members.Don’t: Get Angles You Don’t NeedImage via Shutterstock.That being said, there is such a thing as too much coverage — or, more specifically, useless coverage. This is doubly true if you have multiple cameras set up in different locations. A shot of the drummer’s knee or a shot that’s too wide and makes the venue look empty is going to be nothing but a waste of time, space, and resources.Do: Shoot CutawaysImage via Shutterstock.If you’re editing your own project, you can be your own best friend by shooting plenty of cutaway shots to use sporadically and to cover mistakes. Good cutaways to consider include shots of the crowd, shots of the venue (including any signage), shots of the environment, close-ups of instruments, and close-ups of musicians’ faces.Don’t: Shoot Specific NotesImage via Shutterstock.Don’t shoot cutaways that show specific notes. If it’s part of your full coverage, that’s fine, but from a cutaway standpoint it’s going to be useless to fill vacant spots on the edit if it shows a musical note being performed that the viewer obviously doesn’t hear.Do: Request Stage AccessImage via Pintrest.Let’s face it, to get good coverage of a concert, you’re going to need to have access to the stage. Many big festivals and concerts have designated areas for photographers and videographers to roam freely. If you’re filming at the request of either the venue, the band, or some third party, be sure to ask upfront about the kind of access you’ll get.Editors note: even if you’re shooting a video for your own purposes, you’d be surprised how often you can get photo or video access if you politely ask in an email or phone call beforehand.Don’t: Disrupt the Show in Any WayImage via Shutterstock.While being on stage can be a rush, you also need to be hyperaware of exactly where you are in regards to your surroundings. This isn’t just for your safety (ever see a show with, say, pyrotechnics?) — it’s also so you don’t disrupt, distract, or inconvenience the band and the crew.Be mindful of where you are, how the musicians are using their space, and the audience’s line of sight. Otherwise, you may just be the person who accidentally kicks a power cord and ruins the show for everyone – not to mention your prospects of ever getting another concert videography gig again.What are your tips for filming concert videography? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more