I"ve recently graduated with a film degree from the University of North Texas. Unlike many of my fellow students, I wasn't blessed with the financial ability to buy a camera (or have one purchased for me) upon graduation. SO, I find myself as a director without anything to direct with! I'm looking for a camera (DSLR or otherwise) that would be affordable on a shoestring budget like mine. I can swing from $1000.00 to $1500.00, approximately. A starting kit (body, zoom lens, etc) is all I really need for now. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Thought i'd share our latest work shot with our new toys
<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #0000ff;"><span style="font-size: x-small; color: #0000ff;"><span lang="EN-CA">Gladifel and Ralf - Wedding Highlight</span></span></span></span>
We've recently upgraded to the Canon 60Ds and retired our Sony HD1000u camcorders..although it served us well , DSLR gives us more bang for our buck and the quality is simply phenomenal..
Daniel Bruns - April 05th, 2011
Ran across this vid from Robino Films showing how to use a long exposure photo as a matte to compensate for a dark scene when shooting with a DSLR Camera. By combining AFX and Photoshop you can make an undetectable foreground or background matte to add detail or scene details without a lot of difficulty. Check it out!
Jennifer O'Rourke - February 15th, 2011
I'm urgently in the market for new video equipment. Working on a documentary shoot, and I need to decide from a few options. The documentary will include interior shooting, natural daylight shooting, and occasionally night shooting. I've worked with Sony before, and their auto features have been super helpful, but the camera I've been using has no audio input, and thus, the audio has been professionally unusable.
I've shot timelapse video with a video camera on a few occasions and got some really cool stuff. Lately, I've been experimenting with TLV using a Digital Still Camera. Here's a vid by Zach Wise on how to shoot time lapse video with a still camera.
*Note: From my own experiments, I'd like to add these additions to Zach's information.
1. If you have After Effects or another advanced software, you can easily import your photo sequences in as 'JPEG' sequences. Same rules apply concerning the correct numbering as importing with QT Pro.
Here's short film we did with a Nikon D5000. It's really random, but it looks sort of cool.
HDSLR's are quite good for what you spend. I was quite impressed by the quality from a sub-$1000 camera.
Whether working in film, video or digital media you must have a process for preparation, acquisition and processing of your imagery. Having 'workflow protocols' are the steps you take to make sure you're using the right camera for the job, have all the proper settings selected on your camera prior to shooting and that there's a clear record of what images, video or digital files came from where prior to getting them into an editing bay.
It's been a while since I've put anything up so here's a vid from Still Motion with some good intermediate tips on how to make adjustments for shooting with a DSLR outside in bright sun. Now, the lessons talked about also apply to dedicated video cameras as well concerning apeture, shutterspeed and Neutral Density Filters as well.