Posts Tagged ‘canon 5dmarkii

02
Nov
10

you’ve got president barack obama

Playing today on AOL’s homepage.  5dmarkii with the 24-70mm f/2.8L, graded with Apple Color.

proactively • participating in the democratic process • peter

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21
Sep
10

president obama in 5d

Canon 5D Mark II using a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM.

proactively • humbled • peter

22
Jul
10

hdslr documentary zen

Filming with the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70 2.8L and Sennheiser MKE-400 (with wind-muff) on a Gorillapod Focus with the Ballhead X under the shade of a tree in Bethesda, MD in 100 degree heat and humidity.  Matt is monitoring 4 channel audio recording on the Zoom H4n with a Sennheiser G3 wireless lav pinned to our subject.  My trusty Canon 75-300 f/4-5.6 is standing by on the bench for run and gun.  Everything packs into the backpack near my feet.

Here’s a frame exported with no color correction.  White balanced at 5200K, wide open at 2.8 ISO 100 or something, this is documentary filmmaking at its finest IMHO.  The sensor on the 5D is sensitive enough to get great exposure and shadow detail in a no-light situation so what you see is pretty much what you get.  To me, this is telling the truth not previously attainable at this price point or for this level of production quality; no lights, just a camera and a microphone (or three).  Your audience is experiencing the moment about as close to how it happened as you can get, with video image quality from the Canon glass that we’re previously used to seeing only in glossy magazines.

Here’s a frame from running and gunning with the Canon 75-300 f4-5.6 (had to convert this to a JPG in order to post for some reason so slightly compressed).  Before starting to shoot I try and set my ISO at a good general level, I think I kept it the same all day at around 200.  While I’m running around, adjusting focus and focal length, I’m also adjusting f-stop.  I think this one is somewhere around f8 and I’ve had no problem raising mid-tones in post as needed, really impressed with how the codec holds up in that regards (I know others have different opinions).  I’ve found the trick is to try and expose as close to what you want as possible, realizing there are reasonable limits to what you can stretch out of your image.

I’m using the Videosmith Mightywondercam Classic Shoulderpod for stabilizing the 5D while walking around.  It does a decent enough job, and of course I keep the Sennheiser boom mic for grabbing decent ambient audio.  Eventually I may upgrade but on a budget this thing does the trick.  Doing handheld with a heavier lens like the Canon 24-70 f2.8L can be tiring so a counter balance of some sort may be in my future.

The DNC was kind enough to grant me permission to post this article so a big thank you there.  Hope this helps those of you in the field with understanding my approach to 5dmarkii documentary filmmaking, or at least gives those of you thinking about getting started a solid equipment list to choose from.  I’ve erred on the side of portability and minimalism; no fancy shoulder mount with a big LCD, no focus-pulling gear.  It’s a concious decision to be both lightweight and have a low-visibility factor; I’m so happy with the results.  It feels like I’ve achieved a filmmaking zen state and I’m not going back.

proactively • peter

Disclosure, to comply with the FTC’s new rules

None of the manufacturers listed above are paying Peter Salvia to write this article and, so far, none have sent him any samples or demonstration items.  Peter is a B&H Sales Affiliate and receives a commission from items linked to B&H and purchased through this site.  Oh yeah, and he’s an Apple Certified Trainer so you can derive his bias for yourself.

19
Jun
10

gorillapod focus incoming

After seeing it featured in FXPHD’s DOP210 – DSLR Cinematography featuring Stu Maschwitz, and after returning from my first weekend doc shoot with the 5dmarkii, I’ve decided to plunk down for the Gorillapod Focus.

Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod

I’m most attracted to it’s discreet (ok, somewhat), portable and infinitely manipulatable nature.  It was so cool interviewing people with the 5dmarkii and getting the question Oh does that camera shoot video? I would answer Sometimes but I’m also taking a lot of stills.  And while I was mainly shooting video, this response put people at ease to a level I’ve never experienced while shooting with an HVX-200, XHA1, or even my super low profile HV-30.  I interpret the reason to be when people see a video camera they feel they have to always be on.  So when they see a HD SLR they feel that they will be photographed mostly.

Which is a long winded way to say I don’t want a traditional tripod to foul up the appearance of a low key camera shoot.  Find some good natural light at a park bench with the Canon 16-35 or 24-70 L series glass on the front, stabalize with the Gorillapod Focus, slap the Zoom H4n recorder on the table next to it (hopefully with a Sennheiser G3 wireless lav or the like) and get that casual, natural on camera interview footage that would otherwise require a crew of 2 -4 people, lights, and all the money and ceremony that accompanies those things.

Joby Ballhead X (Black)

I haven’t plunked down for the Ballhead X yet, trying to be as stingy as possible with the green I’m investing in my 5dmarkii kit, but I can definitely see it being a next month purchase.  Want to try using the new Gorillapod Focus on the bike and the sailboat first, see how it does in the wild on its own.

proactively • one hand for the camera, one hand for the boat • peter

Disclosure, to comply with the FTC’s new rules

None of the manufacturers listed above are paying Peter Salvia to write this article and, so far, none have sent him any samples or demonstration items.  Peter is a B&H Sales Affiliate and receives a commission from items linked to B&H and purchased through this site.  Oh yeah, and he’s an Apple Certified Trainer so you can derive his bias for yourself.

27
May
10

ginter-fy your 5D & 7D

This Memorial Day weekend, while you’re grilling, beaching and what have you, remember the true reason we are celebrating: to commemorate the lives of the men and women who have died in service to our country.

And I can’t think of a better way for this blogger to celebrate than paying respects to the excellent knowledge and video tutorials Lt. Tyler Ginter of the 55th Combat Camera Company has bestowed on the DSLR filmmaking community.

Lt. Ginter, thank you for all that you, and the men and women you serve with, have done and continue to do for our great country.

proactively • this one’s for you • peter

Disclosure, to comply with the FTC’s new rules

None of the manufacturers listed above are paying Peter Salvia to write this article and, so far, none have sent him any samples or demonstration items.  Peter is a B&H Sales Affiliate and receives a commission from items linked to B&H and purchased through this site.  Oh yeah, and he’s an Apple Certified Trainer so you can derive his bias for yourself.




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