Skill http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/skill/feed.rss Sat, 21 Jan 17 08:17:41 -0700 Skill en-CA Fun look at how it was done before our time http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3716/fun-look-at-how-it-was-done-before-our-time Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:35:31 -0600 Rambo 3716@/talks/discussions That camera looks huge, but actually it's a sound booth to stop camera noise.

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Maria Montez sur le tournage de COBRA WOMAN de Robert SIODMAK ( 1944 )

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How lenses T-Stops differ from F-Stops? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16256/how-lenses-t-stops-differ-from-f-stops Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:55:30 -0700 MikeLinn 16256@/talks/discussions

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Is it worth getting Color Checker Passport? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/331/is-it-worth-getting-color-checker-passport Tue, 05 Jul 2011 11:19:37 -0600 stonebat 331@/talks/discussions
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&message=37905620
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Recommended books, ask for your input http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3615/recommended-books-ask-for-your-input Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:00:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 3615@/talks/discussions I started new section in our FAQ :

http://www.personal-view.com/faqs/camera-usage/recommended-books-faq

Already added few books.

And want to ask you to post your favourite books here, so I could add best ones.

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Color temp explained http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15974/color-temp-explained Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:04:04 -0600 MikeLinn 15974@/talks/discussions

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Corporate interviews http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2760/corporate-interviews Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:21:14 -0600 oscillian 2760@/talks/discussions I'm about to shoot interviews of local entrepreneurs so I wanted to start this topic in order to get some tips and later on share what I pick up along the road. The idea is to make short portrait films, between 20 seconds and 2 minutes in length which intercuts interview head shots with footage of the work/services of the entreprenuer (I bet you all know what I'm talking about, since it's pretty standard stuff).

The plan is to go through some of the following steps involved:

  • Preparations
  • Questions
  • Light and sound
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Delivery

Let's start with the Questions: During an interview, what kind of questions would you ask to get the person to talk about his or her business?

I was planning to ask some of these questions to get the ball rolling:

  • Who are you?
  • What kind of work do you do?
  • What can you provide your customers with?
  • Why did you start doing this?
  • How do you know you're on the right track with your business?
  • What inspires you?

This is a clip that got me inspired on the psychology of interviews, I especiallt like the tip on sending the questions ahead of the interview and then start off by saying: "You know all those questions I sent you in advance? Let's forget about them and just have a conversation!":

Feel free to critizise and add your thoughts on the process!

Happy shooting!

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Steadicam balancing and operation tips http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/765/steadicam-balancing-and-operation-tips Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:08:29 -0600 jimtreats 765@/talks/discussions
Last night I got my first steadicam in the mail.

The budget flycam nano, I didn't expect too much, and I think I'm relatively happy for a cheap first steadicam. It did arrive with a few niggles, the bottom weight holding platform was a little bent, meaning the pole coming out of it wasn't perpendicular to the platform. I wasn't sure whether this would cause a problem, but i've bent it into shape of sort now. After this I experienced the problem where with the cam sort of balanced it would hang vertically with the camera pointing away from me, spin the camera any other way and it would always fall to the right a little. In the end i took apart the gymbal bracket and reattached it with even torque on both screws and i seemed to have improved this symptom mostly.

As a whole, the flycam nano does seem ok.. balancing is a bit of a chore but I think i can get close fairly quickly. I'm finding the handle a bit frustrating, the grip rubber can shift in certain orientations which always makes me a bit nervous. I also find i have to hold the handle very low down so my hand doesn't contact with the v bracket that holds the gymbal and stops it from flying properly. I brought the arm brace with it too, which helps with the handle holding a little, but in general i do wish the handle was an inch or two longer.

Now i'm left with a reasonably balanced flycam nano, with my GH2 and 20mm f1.7 lens. I've managed to balance this with only 2 weights on either end of the platform. Which leads me to the first question. To get this to balance i've had to extend the weight platform to about halfway down the pole extension. So I wonder, is there a rule for how much weight to put below, or does more weight with less extension have the same properties as less weight with more extension?

I've been working with a 2-3 seconds drop time from horizontal, i've seen various recommendations on this, i've noticed the slower this drop time the less pendulum-esque the steadicam behaves when you're flying it.

I've seen mention of static and dynamic balanced. I'm not clear on how to verify whether or not I have achieved dynamic balance, i'll assume static is sufficient for the steadicam to remain vertical when placed there, in all camera y-axis rotations.

Whenever I see video of folks showing a balanced steadicam they always shift it forwards, back, left and right with it remaining pretty vertical and stable. I can do this, however when i do do this I find that the camera tends to spin on its y-axis a little. Related to this if i'm walking with the steadicam and i change direction the same rotation can occurs and has to be combatted with the other hand damping the vertical post or even turning it back the desired direction. Is this the behaviour of a balanced steadicam, or a symptom of one that's not quite balanced, or perhaps has an over lubricated gymbal? I'm wondering if the compact nature of the GH2 and 20mm lens is meaning that it doesn't have a very large or dense z-axis which is meaning that its moment of inertia in that axis is so small that its easy to rotate as i've just described.. So i'm wondering if i balance it with a heavier and longer 14-140mm lens I may find it is less likely to turn.

I guess that's about it. Any help or advice would be really appreciated! I accept that it's going to take a lot more practice, but i just want to get a feel of whether i'm in the right area.

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Interview shots in documentaries http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15906/interview-shots-in-documentaries Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:39:04 -0600 inqb8tr 15906@/talks/discussions For people that frequently shoot this kind of footage, it could be useful to share interesting interview shots from documentaries in this topic, discuss them and get inspiration and ideas for our work. Something like a reference database.

Interesting in terms of lighting, composition, and general cinematographic approach - how does it relate to the story, characters, atmosphere

Let me start with some random examples,

Man on Wire (2008)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1155592/

Interview with the main guy in the film is done in very minimalistic way. He emerges from the darkness, just like his story unravels from his memory, presented in very suspenseful manner.

http://imgur.com/lglkTFe


X-ray Audio




This is very good documentary about production and distribution of 'prohibited' records cut onto x-ray sheets in USSR times. Really interesting topic and characters. The film features interviews with people who were involved in that seemingly crazy actions back in the days. Interviews show their passion and determination despite the danger they put themselves into. But they are also very funny and original characters:

This man surrounded with bunch of items that directly correlate to his story:


http://imgur.com/rf3nLGo


Or this guy filmed on location that bring us to the atmosphere of back alleys where 'trades' usually took place. I particularly like the light setup of this one:

http://imgur.com/UOwt0TI



Just few examples for now, but hopefully this can grow.

*How do I put images in text, i tried with some code from markdown wiki but links appeared broken?

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Sensor Cleaning http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10684/sensor-cleaning- Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:29:07 -0600 Azo 10684@/talks/discussions I was looking into an easier way to clean the sensor on my cameras and found the sensor gel stick. I have a sensor loop and have cleaned the sensor's with the wet method and it is a pain in the ass. Every time I do the wet method there seems to be streaks from the kit that I use. Lensrentals.com also seems to use a type of dry cleaning method with the butterfly and a different type of sensor gel stick. Check out the videos below.

I will buy one of these to try out seems a lot easier then the wet method and the streaks are really a pain in the ass to clean. If you don't have a sensor loop you will not see the streaks, also they did not show up in the test images that I have shot. However I know that the streaks are there so I always try to get all the streaks out which is a time consuming process. My sensors end up clean as a whistle but the effort and time that it takes is too long. So moving forward this product along with the arctic butterfly will be my method for cleaning sensors.

The other great thing about this method is that usually you have to buy a kit that is specifically made for each camera sensor size. So for example if you have a FX, DX and M/43 cameras you need to have 3 different kits to clean your sensors. So this is another benefit to using this system as opposed to the traditional wet cleaning method.

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Focal Lengths and Lenses used by Great Directors http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15725/focal-lengths-and-lenses-used-by-great-directors Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:56:49 -0600 Manu4Vendetta 15725@/talks/discussions

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Free lectures on Digital Photography http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15648/free-lectures-on-digital-photography Sat, 03 Sep 2016 08:29:13 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15648@/talks/discussions image

https://sites.google.com/site/marclevoylectures/home

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Portrait Photographs: a time and space http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9489/portrait-photographs-a-time-and-space Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:58:48 -0700 rNeil 9489@/talks/discussions Vitaliy has suggested perhaps a new discussion here in "skills" about portrait/people photography and the problems, ideas, and solutions that one finds. And as @maxotics noted in a recent post, it is so easy to shoot many images with a camera like a D600, in fact faster than we really can think about them. Most modern cameras are so quick and easy to make images with we all tend to shoot too much and think too little. My wife and I are as guilty of that at times as anyone. And we are both long-time professional portrait photographers: it's our only house-hold income. We've long known better but still ... these durn modern cameras!

Many images we as photographers take are just to create a very nice image. We're not thinking at the time we're using the camera about how that image will be treated in post-processing, then sized, framed/matted and placed in a particular space in a particular home with the planned intent to affect the emotions of the people living in that space. But if you stop to think about the aesthetics and emotional "content" of our living spaces, it can be very worthwhile to think ahead and create something ... satisfying. Worth viewing and worth living "around".

We have sought training and experience to do things differently: we work with our clients to plan out an image that will go in a specific place, and will have a specific emotional feel and bring that feel to that space. This is a process where size matters; composition matters; distance of viewers near/far matters; color schema matters; family inter-personal dynamics matters; space available matters. It's a much more complicated way to approach photographing your subjects. It's very much like trying to get all the emotional information from a movie scene into one still image placed in one space.

And when done really well, clients often shed tears when the image/s first go up into place. It can have that much effect on the feel of the room.

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Simple Trick to Adapt any Lens on your Camera http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15589/simple-trick-to-adapt-any-lens-on-your-camera- Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:40:56 -0600 MikeLinn 15589@/talks/discussions

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Shooting in bad weather; cold, rain, snow. http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/919/shooting-in-bad-weather-cold-rain-snow. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 05:50:34 -0600 otcx 919@/talks/discussions
•Use a dark colored umbrella. If you are using an umbrella while shooting (even though I personally find it cumbersome), use a dark one so that stray light doesn't spoil your shot.

•On the other hand... If you own a light colored umbrella, you could use that to your advantage by trying to light up the rain drops and come home with some truly amazing shots.

•Get creative with color. If you've observed carefully, you'll see that colors pop out during rain, so use them to your advantage! Also keep in mind that black & white photos can look fabulous under these conditions.

•Pay attention to different surfaces. Surfaces like glass, plastic, wood and oil behave very differently to light under rain. Watch out for them, you could have some nice abstract shots.


Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/20467.aspx#ixzz1XdSns2wD

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Cinematography tips and tricks http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15565/cinematography-tips-and-tricks Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:19:01 -0600 joethepro 15565@/talks/discussions Youtube channel KINETEK with some interesting information, tips, and tricks:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNCiCp3PHpy_Jo-STmker-Q/videos

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Photography Advice | Real Estate http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15525/photography-advice-real-estate Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:30:31 -0600 MikeLinn 15525@/talks/discussions

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Product photography and videos http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6913/product-photography-and-videos Wed, 08 May 2013 18:03:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6913@/talks/discussions Topic to talk about product videos and photos.

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How to Modify Bright Backgrounds with a Scrim Net http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15481/how-to-modify-bright-backgrounds-with-a-scrim-net- Sat, 06 Aug 2016 02:32:24 -0600 MikeLinn 15481@/talks/discussions

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PHOTO1x1 Free Photography Course http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15452/photo1x1-free-photography-course Tue, 02 Aug 2016 01:59:58 -0600 MikeLinn 15452@/talks/discussions

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How to Make Videos Look Professional http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15448/how-to-make-videos-look-professional Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:51:23 -0600 MikeLinn 15448@/talks/discussions

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Patience & Consistency http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15428/patience-consistency Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:23:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15428@/talks/discussions

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Focal Length Explained http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15412/focal-length-explained Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:45:57 -0600 MikeLinn 15412@/talks/discussions

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Pre Production - Sets & Locations http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15407/pre-production-sets-locations Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:33:58 -0600 MikeLinn 15407@/talks/discussions

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4K Film School http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15359/4k-film-school Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:29:35 -0600 MikeLinn 15359@/talks/discussions

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A Day in the Life of a Production Assistant http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15352/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-production-assistant Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:33:12 -0600 MikeLinn 15352@/talks/discussions

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Free Film School: The Camera for Cinema http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15330/free-film-school-the-camera-for-cinema Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:39:41 -0600 MikeLinn 15330@/talks/discussions

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Guide to Food Photography http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15312/guide-to-food-photography- Sun, 03 Jul 2016 09:30:28 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15312@/talks/discussions image

PDF at

http://go.photoshelter.com/TdyPP0S05000iCF2019ftB0

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Advanced Travel Photography with Brenda Tharp http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15300/advanced-travel-photography-with-brenda-tharp- Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:57:44 -0600 MikeLinn 15300@/talks/discussions

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Shutter Speed Basics - Techniques, Tips and Panning http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15247/shutter-speed-basics-techniques-tips-and-panning- Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:42:12 -0600 MikeLinn 15247@/talks/discussions

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How to Fake a Drone Shot http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15207/how-to-fake-a-drone-shot- Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:36:14 -0600 MikeLinn 15207@/talks/discussions

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