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Buying a HDSLR camera? Wait…Read this first!(The best of HDSLR comparison Tests)

14 Jun

So you’re thinking about buying a nice new HDSLR camera, you think to yourself yes, now is a good time to buy. Prices are steadily falling on the canon 550d, the Panasonic gh2 is due to be replaced soon (making it cheap) and there’s a whole host of ‘affordable’ HDSLR’s on the market – a long with tonnes of comparison videos and reviews. This article is here to pluck the very best from comparisons between the Nikon d800, the canon 5dmrkiii, the canon 550d and the Panasonic gh2.

But don’t rush! The cameras are still going to be on sale in two weeks I know you’re probably very eager to get out and shoot. Wait, make sure you weigh up you’re options…. find comparisons and weigh up the pros and cons for what YOU need the camera for. Ask your self……

  • What’s my price  for Body Only
  • What lenses will I need without having to compromise sharpness (price)
  • WHAT WILL I BE FILMING?? SHORT FILMS?? MUSIC VIDEOS??
  • Do I really need low light performance (do I shot out doors or with lighting set ups?)
  • Do I need to shoot in tight spaces? (fast wide lenses, full frame sensors)
  • Is resolution more important to me than anything else? (green screening)
  • Do I need on board audio recording?

After you have considered all these factors write down you’re own ideal features YOU need and read on……..(Write down next to the above questions which camera best suits that feature and at the end see which camera you have written down the most……buy that camera). Continue reading

The Exposure Triangle – A must know!

31 May

The Exposure Triangle is important to know like the back of your hand especially in regards to HDSLR  film-making where as the slightest change in sunlight can completely throw out your image. If like me you studied at University its likely you got into your THIRD year before lecturers even started going into this in detail, personally I find that to be a joke. Lucky enough for me my passion for film and the vast amount of online resources meant I learnt this a while ago, but if it wasnt for my intern and venture into HDSLR films I probably wouldn’t have. Anyway, this is a PHOTOGRAPHIC technique that you must know and understand so please read it, it WILL change how you Film forever.

The Exposure triangle is based on three methods of controlling your cameras image – ISO, SHUTTER SPEED, APERTURE which combined create a perfectly exposed picture.

  • ISO – the measure of a digital camera sensor’s SENSITIVITY to the light.
  • Aperture – the size of the opening inside the lens when a picture is taken, essentially how much light is lets in. This is the QUANTITY of light that is hitting the sensor.
  • Shutter Speed – the amount of time that the shutter is open per second, i.e 100/1sec, the will shutter open and close at a hundredth of a second. This is the DURATION of how long the light hits the sensor for. Continue reading