Every shooter wants to be able to direct the viewers' attention to the important aspects of a shot, and manipulating your depth of field is a great way to do it. In this two part series we talk about controlling your depth of field with aperture, focal length, and distance. In part two we talk about perceived depth of field, how sensor size and angle of view might affect your ability to get the depth of field you're striving for, and rack focusing. Knowing the different ways to achieve the depth of field you want for your scene will ultimately help you to craft more effective scenes.
In a perfect world, every light source would cast the perfect color onto your scene, but in reality, the color temperatures of the light sources in your scene can have a wide range, and this can cause color balance issues in your footage. In this segment we talk about the basics of color temperature, and how to use color correction gels on your light sources to create a balanced scene. Understanding how varying color temperatures affect your scene, and learning to correct the imbalance will have your scenes looking good.
There is a ton of cool stuff to see at NAB, no doubt about it. From brand new companies to well established industry veterans, there are new and old products abound and many of them had me itching to max out the credit cards. So let's pretend for a moment that somebody handed me $10,000 dollars, and said I could only spend it on 3 things at NAB. Well, here's what I'd buy.
Videomaker awards the Best of Show of NAB 2013 to Blackmagic Design for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is truly a game-changer. Cameras that fit in your pocket have changed a lot in recent years – for example the option to change out lenses, shoot 3D, access Wi-Fi or operate Android apps – all with quality HD video. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has a Super 16 sensor and captures 13 stops of dynamic range for a completely different story.
Videomaker awards an NAB 2013 Spotlight Award to Canon for the XA25. For the run and gun shooter, Canon created the XA25. Top-notch recording is a staple for Canon's cameras, so the XA25 is no exception and can record AVCHD and MP4 at 28 Mb/s and 35Mb/s respectively.
Videomaker awards an NAB 2013 Spotlight award to DJI for the Phantom. We've been looking at flying camera stabilizers for quite some time, mainly because cameras are becoming lightweight enough for small craft like the Phantom. Simplicity and cost are what make the Phantom so attractive, and what will be even better is the range of shots you will be able to record.
Videomaker awards an NAB 2013 Spotlight award to Redrock Micro for the One Man Crew. The One Man Crew is a motorized parabolic slider. The movement what you'd expect from a slider, except the parabolic motion allows your focus to remain much closer - there's one person's job.