How do I shoot this?

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    • #88996
      Avatartexans0743
      Member

      I am wanting to shoot a video almost identical to this:

      What is the best low cost method and what equipment would I need, again with the smallest investment possible?

    • #213276
      AvatarSpace Racer
      Participant

      I think what you’re responding to is the awesome lighting. Judging by the reflections in the bowl, it looks like they have at least two big windows. So, the key would be to find a time and place in your house where there is tons of light. Or you could buy or rent a couple of big fluorescent, tungsten, or LED fixtures. You want enough light that you’re shooting at your lowest possible ISO.
      To me it looks like DSLR footage so go buy the cheapest Canon DSLR and the 50mm 1.8, you can usually find something usable on Craigslist. But really, it’s the light that’s going to make that kind of video work.

    • #213281
      AvatarJackWolcott
      Participant

      In the commercial video world, shots like these are often made using a mirror above the work table, the camera shooting into the mirror. This creates the illusion that the camera is directly above the work surface. The advantage of this is that the camera remains on a tripod on the floor, where the controls are accessible. If directionality is important — printed instructions, hand writing, etc., for example — the shots can be mirrored in post.

    • #213284
      Avatarrs170a
      Participant

      Jack nailed it. I work at a local community college and our teaching kitchen has big mirrors above all the work stations as it makes it much easier for everyone to see what the teacher is demonstrating. Nice and bright too. Needless to say, shooting in there is a real pleasure 🙂

      Mike

    • #213305
      Avatarjsachanda
      Member

      Using a mirror & DSLR is a great professional suggestion, but there are some cost and set up considerations. Here’s a short video on this method.

      If you are handy, you can check out DIY Overhead Camera Rigs on YouTube.
      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=DIY+overhead+camera+rig

      If you are not handy and have a light camera, I suggest just using a Boom Mic Stand . Here are some choices.

      https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=boom+mic+stand

      You will need to tinker with the setup for the best shot, but I believe you should be able to get some good shots. Lighting is very important, so don’t overlook that aspect. Good Luck and be sure to post your video here when you’re done.

    • #301494
      Avatarjsachanda
      Member

      Using a mirror & DSLR is a great professional suggestion, but there are some cost and set up considerations. Here’s a short video on this method.

      If you are handy, you can check out DIY Overhead Camera Rigs on YouTube.
      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=DIY+overhead+camera+rig

      If you are not handy and have a light camera, I suggest just using a Boom Mic Stand . Here are some choices.

      https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=boom+mic+stand

      You will need to tinker with the setup for the best shot, but I believe you should be able to get some good shots. Lighting is very important, so don’t overlook that aspect. Good Luck and be sure to post your video here when you’re done.

    • #301690
      Avatarjsachanda
      Member

      Using a mirror & DSLR is a great professional suggestion, but there are some cost and set up considerations. Here’s a short video on this method.

      If you are handy, you can check out DIY Overhead Camera Rigs on YouTube.
      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=DIY+overhead+camera+rig

      If you are not handy and have a light camera, I suggest just using a Boom Mic Stand . Here are some choices.

      https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=boom+mic+stand

      You will need to tinker with the setup for the best shot, but I believe you should be able to get some good shots. Lighting is very important, so don’t overlook that aspect. Good Luck and be sure to post your video here when you’re done.

    • #301855
      Avatarjsachanda
      Member

      Using a mirror & DSLR is a great professional suggestion, but there are some cost and set up considerations. Here’s a short video on this method.

      If you are handy, you can check out DIY Overhead Camera Rigs on YouTube.
      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=DIY+overhead+camera+rig

      If you are not handy and have a light camera, I suggest just using a Boom Mic Stand . Here are some choices.

      https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=boom+mic+stand

      You will need to tinker with the setup for the best shot, but I believe you should be able to get some good shots. Lighting is very important, so don’t overlook that aspect. Good Luck and be sure to post your video here when you’re done.

    • #302076
      Avatarjsachanda
      Member

      Using a mirror & DSLR is a great professional suggestion, but there are some cost and set up considerations. Here’s a short video on this method.

      If you are handy, you can check out DIY Overhead Camera Rigs on YouTube.
      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=DIY+overhead+camera+rig

      If you are not handy and have a light camera, I suggest just using a Boom Mic Stand . Here are some choices.

      https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=boom+mic+stand

      You will need to tinker with the setup for the best shot, but I believe you should be able to get some good shots. Lighting is very important, so don’t overlook that aspect. Good Luck and be sure to post your video here when you’re done.

    • #302608
      Avatarjsachanda
      Member

      Using a mirror & DSLR is a great professional suggestion, but there are some cost and set up considerations. Here’s a short video on this method.

      If you are handy, you can check out DIY Overhead Camera Rigs on YouTube.
      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=DIY+overhead+camera+rig

      If you are not handy and have a light camera, I suggest just using a Boom Mic Stand . Here are some choices.

      https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=boom+mic+stand

      You will need to tinker with the setup for the best shot, but I believe you should be able to get some good shots. Lighting is very important, so don’t overlook that aspect. Good Luck and be sure to post your video here when you’re done.

    • #302796
      Avatarjsachanda
      Member

      Using a mirror & DSLR is a great professional suggestion, but there are some cost and set up considerations. Here’s a short video on this method.

      If you are handy, you can check out DIY Overhead Camera Rigs on YouTube.
      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=DIY+overhead+camera+rig

      If you are not handy and have a light camera, I suggest just using a Boom Mic Stand . Here are some choices.

      https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=boom+mic+stand

      You will need to tinker with the setup for the best shot, but I believe you should be able to get some good shots. Lighting is very important, so don’t overlook that aspect. Good Luck and be sure to post your video here when you’re done.

    • #213307
      AvatarJackWolcott
      Participant

      Good ideas, John. Suggested some choices I haven’t seen before.

    • #72023487
      Avatarblumkram
      Participant

      A trick with a mirror above the work table with the camera shooting into the mirror. Then, just some time spent in Photoshop , looks like this. Cool shot anyway.

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