Friday, February 24, 2012

Who has time to blog?

Between Facebook and Twitter (@SpenceWatson) there just hasn't been a need to update this blog. I don't even link to it from my website anymore.
Soon enough, when people know my name and care what I have to say, I'll start this up again. But until then my energy is better spent on making that happen.

See you soon.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Intel Extreme Team Shoot

Here's a few shots from a campaign I did for Intel's Extreme Series motherboards.  It was a great experience collaborating with everyone involved, and I got to try some ideas I've been wanting to do, which is always fun.

For my fellow technique geeks, I put together a little tutorial on how I shot some of the images, and how I did the effect in photoshop.

Extreme Team Tutorial from Spencer Watson on Vimeo.

If you're having any trouble using Vimeo, here's the Youtube link.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hunter Paye Website

Just a quick look at something I love, a great collaboration.  Here's Hunter Paye's website for his album that I did the images, cover, and packaging art for.  My initial concept was to make the album a stack of Polaroids that folded out, and I worked closely with artist to get the feel he was after.  Then the images were turned over to the web designer who took the image concept and Hunter's music and made this great animated Flash page.

The pictures even 'develop'!  How cool is that?

Monday, March 14, 2011

All I do is Read Patton Oswalt tweets...

...And it's sadly distracted my attention from this blog.  For those of you still here, in the coming weeks I'm going to be posting quite a bit more, my latest fashion shoots, the campaign I shot for Intel, some tutorials, some new band shoots, and details on my upcoming trip to the jungles of Peru and the deserts of Chile.

In the meantime I actually do update my Facebook Page, and you can follow me on Twitter.

First up though, here's some shots from Patton Oswalt's show at Helium in Portland.  Thanks to both of them for having me there.  It goes without saying that he was great.

I call this part Then People Started Sending Up Drinks

Mike Drucker opened for Patton and was really hilarious.  And yes, that is a Legend of Zelda jacket he's wearing.  Awesome.

It was a great nerdy night. Be sure to check them both out if they're performing near you.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

May you live in interesting times

Old Chinese curses aside, I thought I'd give an update for those with enough morbid curiosity to follow my burgeoning photographic career.  First off, I've been out of action as of late, side lined by a dislocated shoulder.  I went to see the Mastodon, Deftones, and Alice in Chains show; what I saw of it was great.  Here's the part that wasn't quite so good:

This slowed my video work while I trained stand ins (who did a great job), and brought my photo work to a dead halt.  That was 4 weeks ago, and now that I can use my arm again I thought I should get back to work (also got bored after running out of pain pills).  Luckily the model for my shoot was Emma, who is super easy to work with, and impossible to take a bad picture of.  Here's sneak peek:

I'm also excited to almost have my new site completely ready.  It just needs some fine tuning, a port edit, and it's ready to go.  If you'd like to get an early look, go to Spencer Watson Photography.  The hardest (and most terrifying) part was narrowing my focus as a photographer, and cutting out images that didn't fit that focus.  Once I get the site finished I'll post a long rambling screed on the importance and difficulty of finding (or deciding) on your voice as an artist.  Hopefully some of you can learn from my mistakes.

Until then, stay out of mosh pits, and don't drink at concerts.  It's cheaper to drink at home beforehand.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The End is Extremely F__king Nigh

Looks like my main site ( has been the victim of some little punks hacking, and has been blocked by Google.  This is probably a good thing.  I could go in and find and remove the malicious code, but at this point it just isn't worth the trouble.  Anyone who visited my old site saw that it was ambitious but rubbish.  Sleek, cool, and useless.  The site and my portfolio on it did not reflect my current level, and were not very professional.  As it was my first experience with a website, I have graciously forgiven myself.

Now my hand has been forced, and it's time to launch my pro site, Spencer S Watson Photography (dot com).  I might need to work on that name though.  So by all means avoid my old site, and tune in soon for my new one.  I'm very pleased with how my new portfolio is shaping up, and I'm excited to share it with everyone. 

So thank you anonymous douchebag hacker, you've helped me overcome my procrastination. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Long Time No See

Man, blogging is hard.  I'd rather be out taking pictures, making movies, and building random toys, so updating this page gets pretty low on my list of priorities.  To catch up my very patient readers (both of them) on what I've been doing the past few months, here's some of what I've been working on.  Be sure to click on the images to see the non-Blogger-ruined versions.

Friday, July 16, 2010

DIY iPhone 4 Steadicam

I've been working on a fun little project that I though I'd share.  After getting the new iPhone, and really digging the quality of the video, I tried to do some filming, only to get motion sick looking at the footage.  There's no image stabilization that I can tell on the phone, and hand holding a tiny lightweight camera obviously causes a lot of shaking.  So after doing some research around the net I decided to build this:

I do get that this is a stupid amount of work to put into improving the video quality of a cell phone, that fact didn't escape me as the nerd haze descended over my eyes, and I started sawing and drilling.  But my precious iPhone 4 demanded to get a fair shot at being a real camcorder, and I think it rose to the challenge admirably.

I know that Tiffen is coming out with an iPhone steadicam sometime soon, but that's likely to costs hundreds of dollars, and doesn't come with a modified Nerf gun handle, which I think is a big design oversight.  Besides, it's more fun to build these kinds of frivolous things yourself.  All you need for this $30-$40 worth of parts from Home Depot and your local skate shop, and thick enough skin to actually take this thing out in public.  I've included an instructional video below, as well a short demonstration I did.  Keep in mind when watching that you still need to learn how to use a steadicam to get the most out of it.

DIY Instructional Vid:
And just in case the quality sucks on the YouTube version, here's a Vimeo link to the demo video:

iPhone 4 Steadicam from Spencer Watson on Vimeo.

Let me know in the comments if you want more detail on how to build one yourself.  If you're looking for parts for it I put them in my Video and Rigging section of my store (the link is toward the top right of the page).  And if anyone knows the names of those Portland skaters in the demo vid please let me know so I can update the videos with the credit they very much deserve.


And for the record, I'm not claiming to have invented anything here.  So a huge thank you to all the people who posted great instructions on making the different parts.  I'll try to post some credits soon, until then hit up Google and YouTube for more great instructions.

And thanks very much Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Make for featuring this How To.  I hope people have fun trying this for themselves (and probably making mine look like crap in comparison).


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wig Splitters

Here's a real quick look at a shoot I did with Twigglet for Wig Splitters.  By the way, I noticed that some pics I post look a little soft/blurry.  This has something to do with the resizing Blogger is doing (I guess I should resize them myself), so just click on the image for a better view.


Here's a sneak peek from my shoot with the lovely Rocket. 

The Camera That's With You

I may not have a top of the line Hasselblad with a Phase One back (I would accept donations though), but I do have some really very nice gear.  Then why is it that 95% of my pictures are shot with a cell phone?  The short answer is because it's always there.  But aside from the ease of cell phone cameras, and the increasing quality, I think there's something more to it.  My 5D Mark II is simply too good for capturing my everyday life.  There's just something about bad low quality pictures.  In many ways they seem to resonate more with that nostalgic part of the brain that swells with age.

I'm sure anyone whose into toy cameras knows what I'm talking about.  But even Holgas aren't as convenient as cell phones, which can fill that same niche of taking pictures just for the nerdy fun.  Hipstamatic on the iPhone takes great advantage of this.  It has not only replaced my desire to carry around $5000 worth of camera gear everywhere I go, but also snuffed the life out of that pompous geeky little voice in my head that still held out respect for anything analog.  Screw purity, fun is fun.