We'd all like to have a professional lighting technician, and an unlimited budget to get the perfect lighting setup for the perfect scene. But the reality is, most of us are lucky to have 2 or 3 lights in our arsenal. Knowing how to control your lights can help maximize their potential. In this two part segment we talk about the properties of light, and using gels to control the color, intensity, quality, and color temperature of your light sources. Learning to use lighting tools properly will help you create a great looking scene, even if you've got limited resources.
Canon shines with its newest XA25 and XA20 camcorders. Features like a powerful image sensor (high sensitivity 2.91 megapixels 1/2.84 inch HD CMOS), wireless connectivity for digital content uploading, weighing only 2.6 pounds and sporting an impressive combination of professional features, makes them ideal for run-and-gun shooters and electronic newsgathering (ENG).
We took the Panasonic DMC-GH3 in various shooting environments to test its detail, dynamic range, moiré, rolling shutter, image stabilization, color reproduction, post-production color correction capability, low light, and autofocus.
There's a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all want to shoot a scene that can be cut together to achieve great continuity with a good variety of shots. The 180-degree rule is a useful tool to help you achieve this. In this segment we talk about the basic principles of the rule, establishing action lines, working with shifting action lines, and redefining the action line using neutral shots, camera movement, and cutaways. Knowing how to apply the 180-degree rule, and when you might want to break it can take your production skills to a higher level.
We all try to make the most out of the gear we have, but every video producer hits points in their career where they become limited by their equipment. Anybody who does video seriously knows it can be an expensive venture, and that it takes time to acquire all the gear we want. The world of camera support equipment is vast and can range from relatively affordable to shockingly expensive.
Many times when shooting, you're trying to capture more than just the scene. You are trying to capture the spirit of the scene such as the mood of the people involved, the ambiance of the environment or perhaps the speed at which the scene evolved.
We often don't take the time to lay flat on the ground, or gaze up under tables, but there's a completely different world to be seen from low angle shots. Using low angles effectively in your story can be a challenge, but these tips for going low can help get your brain working toward even more creative uses. In no particular order, here are some ways to use your camera with very little clearance above a solid surface.