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DSLR’s are a great platform for cinematography, but there are some issues you ought to be aware of. I found a pretty good article that explains the issues surrounding using DSLR’s for cinematography. It’s a bit dated, having been written in April of 2010, but that’s not too bad. Michael touched on these issues briefly when he did his series on choosing  cameras for your church. This article goes a bit deeper into the tech details. Continue Reading…

Having Fun With 2.8 F-Stop

February 18, 2011 — 9 Comments

I’m still waiting for my T3i to release/ship, but I was able to have a little fun with the f2.8 Tamron lens that I just bought. A buddy let me play around with it on his T2i. The big deal about the f/2.8 is that it gives you some incredible depth of field dynamics. You can literally pick and choose what objects get “focus” while really putting the other objects out of range. To demonstrate the power of the f-stop ratio, we also played around with a f/5 lens that he owns. The control over depth of field is incredibly different between the f/2.8 and the f/5 lenses. Check out the photos we took after the break. Continue Reading…

Yes! Apple updated their RAW support to include the T3i! Yay! I am hoping this means the release is imminent, which means my pre-order becomes a shipment! Continue Reading…

I mentioned this lens before. It finally arrived! I have to say – I am really impressed with it. Too bad I don’t have my T3i to attach it to yet (frown). The lens gets un-boxed after the break (grin). Continue Reading…

DIY Camera Sliders

February 15, 2011 — 3 Comments

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been looking at gear to add to my camera tool-set. One of the things I’ve been looking at are camera sliders. Camera sliders are devices that allow you to slide a camera from one spot to another in  a controlled manner. Next time you watch a movie, look for scenes where it looks like someone is “sliding” a camera to the side, shifting the “target point” of the camera. You see it a lot to reveal an object behind another. You can also do “elevator shots” with them allowing you to rise above something or go below something smoothly. It is a pro effect, but can be expensive. Continue Reading…