: Richard Harrington's Blog
When you’re talking about exposure, it’s important to know the sensitivity of your camera. A camera’s sensitivity is measured with an ISO unit. The ISO standard is controlled by a technical group called the International Organization for Standardization and it’s the digital equivalent to film speed from days past.
From camera to camera, the native sensitivity will vary. Newer cameras tend to be more sensitive to light thanks to improvements in camera sensors. This means that you can shoot with less available light or use smaller apertures to control depth of field. But if you set your ISO too high, your shot will look grainy or noisy. Learning how to control ISO is the final step in perfecting the exposure triangle.
This week we cover:
- What is ISO? Learn what ISO is and new ways to think about the concept.
- A DP’s perspective on ISO: Catch up with director of photography Jim Ball and learn how he works with ISO settings to get the shot.
- Adjusting ISO: Learn how to choose the right ISO setting for your camera.
- Evaluating the shots: We’ll evaluate several shots from our music video withJason Masi, breaking down what worked and what didn’t.
Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com. We’ll help you get the best exposure and set your camera so the shot is clean and sharp.
Does your footage look too choppy? Are action scenes a streaky mess? It might be because your shutter speed isn’t set properly. The shutter in a camera is a lot like a pair of shutters on a window. It controls how much light comes through and hits the camera’s sensor.
This week, we continue to look at exposure. There are three critical pieces to achieving good exposure and creative control with your shots. Fortunately, shutter speed is the easiest to learn, with just a few simple rules.
This week we’ll cover
• What is shutter speed?
Learn how shutter speed settings affect the look of your footage.
• A DP’s perspective on shutter speed.
Catch up with director of photography Jim Ball and learn how chooses shutter speed settings.
• Adjusting the shutter speed.
Learn how to make adjustments to the settings on your camera to get the best shots.
• Real-world examples.
We’ll evaluate several shots from our recent music video with Jason Masi, breaking down what worked and what didn’t.
Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com. We’ll help you get the best exposure, and control the shutter speedand exposure of your shots. Be sure to check back next week for more DSLR Video Tips!
Here's a series of there videos I produced about an all-raw Timelapse workflow. This was shot partially on location at the Panama Canal.
Part 1 — Shooting & Raw Processing
Part 2 — Assembling in After Effects
Part 3 — Color Grading and Filtering Timelapse Scenes
This week’s show is a triple feature… we tackle three areas of the photo industry that are hot topics. First up, Scott Bourne interviews Rich Harrington about how to get started in DSLR video. Rich Harrington then takes the microphone and talks to Terry White from Adobe about changes at Adobe as well as Terry’s photography. Our third segment, Melissa Niu interviews Matt Kloskowski of Kelby Training to find out about how the photo industry is evolving.
How much light does your camera see? The aperture of your camera is its portal to the light in your scene (and without light, there are no pictures or video). Controlling the aperture is essential to getting the right amount of light on to your camera’s sensor to capture the best shots.
There’s another side to aperture as well. As you open the aperture wider, you can narrow the depth of field in your shot, blurring more of the frame outside of your immediate focus area. This is often a hallmark of the “DSLR video” look. Mastering aperture is critical to high-quality video and photos.
This week we cover
• What is aperture?
Learn why the aperture is critical to good exposure, and how to access it on your lens.
• A DP’s perspective on aperture
Catch up with director of photography Jim Ball and learn how he uses aperture when shooting in different situations.
• Adjusting the aperture
Learn how to make adjustments to the settings on your camera to get the best results.
• Real-world examples
We’ll evaluate several shots, breaking down what worked and what didn’t.
Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com. We’ll help you get the best exposure, and control the depth of field of your shots!
A detailed HDR Workflow webinar. We take a look at the brand new Photomatix beta release. Speakers Include:
- Ron Pepper — HDRsoft
- Hal Schmitt — Director of LIGHT Photographic Workshops
- Kim Seng (Captain Kimo) — HDR Expert
- Richard Harrington
- Melissa Niu
- Levi Sim
- Abba Shapiro
You can download the beta here: http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/betas/pmp50.php. Here are a few notes from HDRsoft.
Photomatix Pro version 5.0 is currently in beta testing phase. You are welcome to help us test the beta releases, but please note the following:
- Beta releases are not stable versions of the software. They may not work properly and they may crash often.
- Beta releases are intended for testing purposes only, and should not be used for normal use and production work.
- Beta releases of Photomatix Pro include the usual registration system of normal versions, i.e. they run in trial mode when the software has not been registered.
- Beta releases are not supported. If you need support with running Photomatix Pro, please download the official release of Photomatix Pro instead