Ah - baseball games are reaching their apex and football games are getting off the ground - if you're a sports fan, you gotta love the Fall season!
As Old Man Winter lowers his cold frosty mantle upon the earth, creating dark chilly nights and crisp wintry days, many video producers think of hanging up their gear until Spring returns.
In an age when zoom lenses are all the range – I’ve been surprised to be getting more and more questions about prime lenses of late.
To be a true video producer, you need to carry more than just your camera.
Focus is an incredibly effective tool for directing the audience's attention.
Looking at a well-balanced image, we see that it has a settled, stable look. An unbalanced shot, on the other hand, has an insecure, uncertain feel to it.
With some of the new inexpensive digital video effects technologies available today, it's possible for a home videographer to create visual sequences that were unthinkable in most Hollywood post-production studios just a generation ago.
Most of us don't think twice about the shutter speed that our video camera is using. True: it can be set to manual, but since the camera can automatically take care of it, why should we bother?
For an image to be exciting, it has to move! Right? Things need to be constantly changing and adjusting.
One important ingredient in feature-film production values is camera motion. We don't mean tilts, pans, and zooms. We mean moving the camera smoothly with a dolly, crane, or other device such as a Steadicam. The change in perspective that this motion creates gives the viewer artificial depth perception in an essentially 2D medium. Used well, camera motion adds a lot to the quality and feel of the production.
So you have questions, problems. Do not fear. First, you must gaze...deep..., deeper into my lens.
Watching films is a classroom in itself, yet you really have to have the right tools to become a critical viewer.
All good directors are students of film. They devour film, looking at the way their peers chose to present the script - their shot choice, transitions, music and form.
Mechanical techniques include the use of devices that allow filmmakers to create unique and interesting camera movements.
Whether it's shooting a wedding, baseball game, church service or two-person interview, shooting it with more than one camera can be a time-saving and very creative endeavor.
While the director has a lot to contend with, the shooter also has to keep some very important techniques in mind when taking part in a multicam shoot.
Here are some tips specific to lighting for HD and shooting with High Definition cameras:
“So Johnny, this is a pretty good package, but why are you sitting on that shot for so long?
The lens is the single most important component of the camera system, and choosing a good lens can significantly improve the overall image quality of your production.
If you are filming people in a studio you will probably have a degree of control over where to position them, decide whether they should be sitting or standing, and what background they will be in front of.
A sports production will utilize a variety of camera types, unique point-ofview shots, extremely long telephoto lenses and different kinds of camera mounts.