New tutorial now ready to download
Photographers and cinematographers alike observe light and the way it influences things. It could be harsh summer sunlight that casts strong overhead shadows, or a ray of warm afternoon light as it rakes across the landscape after a rain shower. Light, and the way it falls, sets a mood.
The challenge for the cinematographer is to be able to see and take advantage of these naturally occurring lighting conditions.
Sony's NEX-VG10: the little video camera with a BIG sensor
UPDATE: Sunday, 12 September 2010
The design of cameras that shoot HD video will not stay trapped in a traditional stills camera body for much longer.
I now have my hands on the only demo model of the new NEX-VG10 and I've been shooting tests this weekend. Aimed squarely at the video enthusiast, the big WOW factor for me so far has been ISO performance at 21+Db Gain and not trailing too far behind, the range of high quality interchangeable lenses, top mic clarity and best of all, it's comfy usable form factor.
With a CMOS sensor that's roughly 19.5 times larger than those used in conventional camcorders, will this model put the cat among the pigeons for video cameras at this level? I'll be posting my impressions soon.
Fitted with a Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8 zoom
Piet & Nick's Advanced dSLR Video Workshop
I have teamed up with one of Australia's finest photographers, Nick Rains to offer a workshop for anyone who has recognised the need to incorporate video into their businesses. bring decades of experience as a documentary cinematographer working with high end video and film cameras, and Nick offers the perspective of 28 years as a stills photographer who has recognised and developed the potential of HD video for his business.
Over the past twelve months or so there has been a revolution in image making - DSLR's like the Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony NEX-VG10 have opened up the possibility of making full HD movies with an amazing cinematic quality. Stills photographers have been fascinated with the potential of the new features but have often floundered when they realise that making good short movies is nowhere as easy as it looks.
It is certain that understanding and delivering mixed media content will be an incredibly useful tool as the publishing industry transitions to delivery on tablet computers, phones and iPads etc. Print clients are beginning to request video clips from their stills photographers so an understanding of how to produce decent footage will be essential in the future.
MovieTube PR rig
Nick and I will cover the necessary hardware, sound recording, video shooting basics and editing software in an easy to digest format over a weekend at the Newport Mirage Resorton Sydney's northern beaches.
Topics covered over two days
- DSLR cameras including the classic 5D Mark II
- Lens choices - wide apertures, zooms, telephoto
- Shooting with the constraints of the camera design
- Vital accessories such as the MovieTube shoulder rigs and viewfinders
- Handheld shooting techniques
- Tripod shooting techniques
- Sound with sound recordist James Nowiczewski
- Shoot for the edit - video clips are not stills
- Editing software - iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Premier Pro
- Delivery for web - Vimeo and YouTube, website embedding
When and where
Where: The Mirage Resort, Newport on Sydney's northern beaches
- Sydney - May 10 - SMC, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney (sorry full)
- Melbourne - May 17 - Melbourne Zoo, Elliot Avenue, Parkville
- Perth - May 19 - Perth Zoo, 20 Labouchere Rd, South Perth
- Adelaide - May 23 - Mercure Hotel, 125 North Terrace
- Brisbane - May 26 - Mt Gravatt TAFE, Creative Industries Dept
Topics covered include:
- DSLR camera controls, including the classic 5D Mark II (Nick)
- lens choices - wide apertures, zooms, telephoto (Piet)
- shooting video - the constraints of the camera design (Nick)
- vital accessories: primes, viewfinders, shoulder rigs (Piet)
- handheld shooting techniques (Piet)
- tripod shooting techniques (Piet)
- sound - an overlooked but critical aspect of video (Nick)
- timelapse (Nick)
- shooting for the edit - video clips are not stills (Piet)
- editing software - iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Premier (Nick)
$330 incl gst - here is where you book
So Rooty Hill RSL wants a Post Code!
Training for ABC video journalist
For the past few weeks I have been at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation working with video journalists - bespoke training in video camera and video sequence techniques.