Learn how to give your video footage a dramatic “film” look by diving into some color-correction and effect features of Final Cut Pro X in this week’s DSLR Video Tipswith Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman.
• The tools: Get to know the tools in Final Cut Pro X that can help you achieve a film look with your video footage. • The post-processing: Learn how to use those tools to create a stylized film look with Final Cut Pro X.
There’s a lot involved when setting up a shoot with multiple DSLR’s- preparation and planning are key. Finding the location that works for you is important, and lighting it for multiple cameras is a challenge.
On this week’s show, Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington walk you through the key elements for a multiple DSLR camera shoot. They’re joined by Director of Photography Jim Ball for additional tips. You’ll learn the following:
Preparing for a Multiple DSLR Camera Shoot. Learn what to think about before you shoot. Multi-camera is all about planning and preproduction.
Scout the Location. Walk through a venue and learn to spot potential problems–and opportunities with your shooting location.
Lighting for Multiple Cameras. Figure out how to work with available light and position new lights inconspicuously to enhance the scene.
A DP’s Perspective on Multi-camera Lighting. Learn how a director of photography approaches a multi-camera production.
Matching Cameras. You need to preserve seamless cuts between angles. Learn what needs to be done before you shoot.
Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com. We’ll help you get the best performance, and make editing a breeze.
With the price of cameras dropping lower and lower, using multiple cameras at the same time is a popular production trend. Whether you’re shooting a concert, performance, or how-to video, capturing multiple angles of a shot in perfect sync makes the whole project better. But multi-camera shoots are tricky.
In this week’s DSLR Video Tips, Robbie and Rich show you how to plan for a multi-camera shoot. Director of Photography Jim Ball offers additional insight from his experience with multi-camera shoots.
This week we cover
Preparing for a Multiple DSLR Camera Shoot: Learn what to think about before you shoot. Multi-camera is all about planning.
Scouting the Location: Walk through a venue and learn to think like a video producer.
Lighting for Multiple Cameras: Figure out how to work with available light, and position new lights inconspicuously to enhance the scene.
A DP’s Perspective on Multi-Camera Lighting: Learn how a director of photography approaches a multi-camera production.
Matching Cameras: You need to preserve a seamless cut between angles; find out how to prepare for this before the shoot.
Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com. We’ll help you capture the best footage and make editing much easier
Melissa Niu and Rich Harrington from Photofocus host two of the top experts in digital imaging. We've got Bryan O'Neil Hughes who's the Senior Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop and Howard Pinsky a Photoshop Guru of Iceflow Studios.
Like many I bought a new iPad Air. Thanks to Apple's secrecy, finding a decent case has proven pretty much impossible. This is because the exact shape and position of buttons was a secret. Want a case that loosely fits or covers your buttons... no problem. It's also easy to find one that doesn't shut the device off when you close the lid.
But I like my gear to last and look professional. After a lot of searching, I'm very happy with the results.
The Perfect Case for iPad Air
I ended up choosing the Bear Motion Case ® For Apple IPad Air. Their website looks terrible and I was a bit skeptical, but here's what I like about it.
Proper Fit. The iPad Air fits snuggly and securely inside the case.
Light & Sturdy. The case adds no noticeable weight, but doesn't sacrifice sturdiness. In other words it feels solid but not heavy.
The holes line up. From the camera, to the mic, to the speakers. Nothing is covered or blocked that you need. All the switches are easy to access and the sound is not impeded.
The feel. This case is leather. If that bothers you, don't buy it. I like the feel of leather. This particular one is Beautiful Brazilian buffalo hide. The case is not slippery, but it is a smooth finish.
The magnets work. Closing the lid puts the iPad asleep. Most of the cases shipping right now don't work as the magnets don't properly line up with the sensor.
View at Four Angles. You can angle the screen to four positions when open to make typing and viewing more comfortable.
The Perfect Screen Cover for iPad Air
I've been very happy with this brand of covers in the past. In fact I use them across all my devices. The screen protector is literally washable. I just picked up the Moshi iVisor AG for iPad Air - Black. The screen protector is expensive, but it's the easiest to install and the one I put on my last iPad has lasted for two years and is still going strong. The antiglare is hard to find, so you may have to go for clear. I expect stock to come in soon.
The look. Antiglare surface improves readability. High transparency ensures minimal impact to brightness. Shows very few fingerprints.
The install. 100% bubble free. Installation takes only seconds
The durability. iVisor can be washed and reapplied repeatedly. Hardened surface treatment for enhanced scratch protection.
The feel. EZ-Glide surface treatment makes touch screen maneuverability as good as the original surface.
Keynote integrates well with Photoshop, which means you can easily import PNG files for use in your presentations. In this tutorial, find out how to assemble a layered file in Keynote, and get some expert tips for building presentations based on Photoshop images, such as making your PNGs all the same dimension. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial....
In order to capture a moving street shot, I turned to long exposure. To really see the lights and energy of the scene, I wanted to elongate the action. Here’s the logic I applied to the shot.
First I set the camera to manual mode to avoid any significant settings changes from shot to shot. With timelapse, you want to see variation over time, so the last thing you want is an aperture or shutter changing.
Next I stopped the camera all the way down and shot ƒ/22. This let the least amount of light into the sensor.
I set the shutter speed to create the sense of motion. In this case I found that 2.5 seconds was enough for the look I wanted. People and cars standing still (at the intersection) were relatively clear, while those in motion became a long streak. I also wanted the lights to take on a starburst.
Lastly I refined the ISO to achieve a proper exposure. In this case a value of ISO 800 was needed to get the shot. This was due to the smaller sensor of the OM-D E-M1 and the fact that I was stopped down so small.
Once the shot was done, assembly was easy. We’ve covered these techniques already on Photofocus. Here’s the highlights of my workflow.
I used Adobe Camera Raw to develop the files and sync the same settings to all images. In this case a slight Clarity and Curves adjustment helped. Noise reduction was also used.
An image sequence was created.
The image sequence was imported into Adobe After Effects.
I interpreted the sequence at 12 fps (half the frame rate I needed).
I stretched the image to 200% and turned on frame blending. This forces a motion blur between shots (essentially a series os short dissolves) to emphasize the streaking.
I used keyframes to create a zoom on the shot.
All in all, post processing was only 10 minutes to create the shot. I am happy with the end results and continue to explore using smaller apertures and longer exposures when shooting timelapse shots of nighttime activities or subjects that involve water or wind.
Adobe recently unveiled its Photoshop Photography Program which let Photoshop CS3 (or newer) customers get Photoshop CC and Lightroom for US $9.99 a month. Many of you were upset that Creative Suite owners and Lightroom customers couldn’t participate. We told you to be patient.
The time has arrived (but the window of opportunity is short). Starting today, the Photoshop Photography Program is available to anyone who wants to participate (but only until December 8, 2013). That means you’ve got just under two weeks to decide if you want to participate.
The Photoshop Photography Program includes the following for US $9.99/month with a 12-month commitment:
20GB of online storage
Access to training resources on Creative Cloud Learn
Ongoing updates and upgrades
I know better than to ask if this makes the naysayers happy… but I hope that this can solve the decision for those of you left sitting on the fence. To recap. It’s $9.99 a month. You have to subscribe for one year. They bill you monthly. The price is expected to stay at this rate for a long time. ANYONE can participate at this rate. You do not need to own any Adobe software to get this deal, it’s the same price for students, teachers, amateurs, or pros. The website tells you the price for other countries. Visit their website or call their customer support if you have questions.