From its origins as a surf camera to its current incarnation as a flexible tool for any project that needs a small, durable, and capable camera, GoPro has become synonymous with go anywhere, “get the shot no matter what” productions.
Smaller than your fist and providing endless mounting options, GoPro cameras allow you to get shots you never thought were possible—especially where larger, more expensive cameras won’t work.
In this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the iconic GoPro camera and how it can become even more flexible with different mounts, and the GoPro App, which allows you to remotely control your GoPro from mobile devices.
This week we cover
• Essential GoPro mounts: A huge advantage of a using a GoPro is how easy it is to mount it in different situations. We’ll show you some of our favorite ways to do it.
• Remote app: You can control your camera using the free GoPro App, available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. We’ll show you how to connect it to your GoPro, and both record and view shots. We’ll also show you how to change the settings on your GoPro camera directly from the app.
• Real-world examples: We’ll evaluate several shots from a recent shoot, including some using a GoPro on a quadcopter. We’ll break down what we liked and what we didn’t.
With its versatile mounts and a powerful remote app, GoPro cameras make a great addition to any filmmaker’s kit. Be sure to check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com.
Blackmagic Design is well known for its reasonably priced video post-production products, including interfaces and adapters. Recently they’ve also started making cameras, including the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4k, and Pocket Cinema Camera—all with high-end features and great price points.
On this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the small, yet capable Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
About the same size as a traditional point-and-shoot stills camera, the BMPCC is capable of shooting video using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and now, the compressed RAW format as well, all to a fast SD card. It’s a versatile camera that we’re sure will be in the hands of lots of filmmakers.
This week we cover
- Getting to know the camera. We’ll explore the details of the Pocket Cinema Camera, including its ergonomics, which lenses to use, crop factor, power, and firmware.
- What to look out for. No camera is perfect, and we’ll show you some of the limitations of the Pocket Cinema Camera.
- Workflow. The Pocket Cinema Camera can shoot Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) in a couple different modes and soon it’ll be able to shoot RAW video. We’ll take a look at how to best handle files coming off the camera.
- Real-world examples. We’ll evaluate several shots from a studio shoot, breaking down what we liked and what we didn’t.
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!