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Ed Wardyga (wardyga@kvimedia.com), owner of Keepsake Video and KVI Media in Rhode Island, has been producing event video since 1989, specializing in stage productins. He runs the Web site www.theGadgetBag.net and is the recipient of the WEVA Walter Bennett Service to Industry Award.

Articles By Ed Wardyga
Ed Wardyga | Just in case you haven't noticed, we're entering a brave new world when it comes to business survival. We've all been forced to reexamine everything from our advertising and marketing strategies to our spending habits and attitude, not only to be successful but to survive. The status quo no longer works.
Posted 09 Dec 2009 / December 2009 Issue By
Ed Wardyga | I've assembled a list of free (or inexpensive) programs and utilities that might make your life a bit easier. I've been using most of these for some time, so I can confirm that they work and are worth every penny.
Posted 01 Oct 2009 / October 2009 Issue By
Ed Wardyga | I keep hearing about fellow video professionals—especially those who specialize in weddings—lamenting the decreases in their business. Economic downturns do affect everyone, but all that is required to survive and even prosper is a willingness to do two things: diversify, and keep a keen eye out for opportunities.
Posted 03 May 2009 By
Ed Wardyga | I keep hearing about fellow video professionals—especially those who specialize in weddings—lamenting the decreases in their business. Economic downturns do affect everyone, but all that is required to survive and even prosper is a willingness to do two things: diversify, and keep a keen eye out for opportunities.
Posted 03 May 2009 / May 2009 Issue By
Ed Wardyga | Recycle, reuse, conserve, plan, condense, and coordinate. These words are your "green" list.
Posted 31 Dec 2008 / January 2009 Issue By
We consulted our crack team of contributing editors and columnists on what they saw as the game-changing products and trends in the event video industry in 2008. The envelope please...
December 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
Ed Wardyga | Years ago, I set up a wireless system for my laptop. This worked great at the time, but now that the speeds of everything else have increased, I realized recently that the time had come to upgrade the wireless system.
Posted 01 Nov 2008 / November 2008 Issue By
November 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
Building a network, adding new services
Posted 01 Oct 2008 / October 2008 Issue By
Ed Wardyga | There are several things that can be done to help that bottom line in tough economic times—by adding income streams, reducing overhead, or combining the two. Obviously, adding income is a no-brainer, but eliminating waste and unnecessary expenses can also balance the scales a bit more in your favor. We'll look at cleaning up the bottom end first; that is usually the easiest and quickest way to see a healthier balance sheet at the end of the month.
Posted 01 Jul 2008 / July 2008 Issue By
Ed Wardyga | A big deal for anyone who travels with a laptop: You have a one in ten chance of having your laptop stolen, and according to the FBI, 97% are never recovered. Here are some ways to protect your investment.
Posted 29 Nov 2007 By
Security, PPT to Flash, VHS-to-DVD, and more
Posted 01 Oct 2007 By
Web space for rent, power issues, insurance claims
Posted 26 Jul 2007 By
Posted 01 Jun 2007 By
Ed Wardyga | ay's subject is cables. Almost everyone who has videotaped an event has run cables at one time or another. But there are right ways and wrong ways to choose and use equipment to minimize possible mishaps and injuries and damage to the cables themselves.
Posted 30 Mar 2007 By
Ed Wardyga | Communications, security, rapid-fire tips, on the web, and more
Posted 25 Feb 2007 By
Ed Wardyga | The Gadget Man's final word on stage event production.
Posted 03 Jan 2007 By
Ed Wardyga | A recent commercial shoot required me to videotape a number of long, crushed stone driveways. If you can't justify the expense of car-mounted jibs or steadycam rigs for an occasional job of this sort, what to do? Read on...
Posted 16 Nov 2006 By
Ed Wardyga | One small step away from traditional stage productions is the recording of meetings and seminars. These can be held in a variety of venues, from a company conference room to a hotel ballroom or even a convention or civic center. Here we'll focus on camera placement, lighting, and audio for these types of shoots and sites.
Posted 27 Oct 2006 By
Ed Wardyga | Here are a number of new products, websites, and tips that I just had to share with you.
Posted 05 Sep 2006 By
Ed Wardyga | It happens to all of us eventually--we miss a shoot for some unforeseen reason, and have to bring in a substitute shooter to take our place. We then need to brief this shooter on the particulars of the event, location, and the client's expectation. Whether you're preparing for the inevitable or just ensuring a smooth shoot for yourself, event prep is paramount. Here are some practical event prep tips.
Posted 28 Jul 2006 By
Ed Wardyga | Thanks to an ever-growing range of gadgets designed to take advantage of USB connectivity, your USB port may help you solve an array of computer problems or limitations.
Posted 27 Jun 2006 By
Ed Wardyga | How do you create a good stage event product and make money without charging an arm and a leg? Cut costs. Here are some suggestions on how to do that.
Posted 30 May 2006 By
This month's collection of helpful tidbits contains a number of solutions to common problems that videographers have been inquiring about.
Posted 25 Apr 2006 By
Ed Wardyga | The Gadget Man is back—in a new magazine with a whole new bag of tricks, and quick-hit tips that will help you shoot and produce video and run your business better.
Posted 04 Jan 2006 By
Posted 19 Oct 2005 By
Ed Wardyga | Here it is the end of the school year, and I hope everyone got to do a play, recital, or graduation over the last nine or ten months. If not, now is the time to start planning for the fall.
Posted 17 Jun 2005 By
Ed Wardyga | You’ve booked an event and purchased all of the necessary equipment. Now let’s move into the auditorium and get ready to shoot.
Posted 01 Jun 2005 / Eastman Software Positioning Paper [Sep 1999] Issue By
Producing stage-production videos doesn't require a degree in rocket science, but you may need some spe cialized equipment and "insider" tips on how to use it effectively. With the right tools and techniques, you'll be well on your way to producing videos that will have customers standing in line to put money in your pockets.
Posted 18 Apr 2005 / September 1999 [Volume 8, Issue 9] Issue By
Stage production is a great way to supplement your wedding income. How do you break into this lucrative field?
Posted 14 Feb 2005 By
There is a lot of myth and mystery surrounding that little plastic disc that we call a DVD. I’m going to blow away the smoke and break a few mirrors to expose the truth about choosing and using the proper media to save those precious memories that your clients entrust to you.
Posted 01 Sep 1999 / Eastman Software Positioning Paper [Sep 1999] Issue By