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Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:13:47 AM »
hahaha

I can't say too much about the sigma's since I have no personal experience with them, but I just got my 50mm 1.2L in a few days ago (coming from a 50mm 1.8) and I'm incredibly happy with it. Probably won't come off my camera for a while!

I think the 50mm 1.8) is the coolest lens on this forum. I've done it so many times without noticing (hint: smiley)!

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Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:04:41 PM »
I can't say too much about the sigma's since I have no personal experience with them, but I just got my 50mm 1.2L in a few days ago (coming from a 50mm 1.8) and I'm incredibly happy with it. Probably won't come off my camera for a while!

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Video & Movie / My first 5D Mark lll Raw video
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:36:51 PM »
Went out to shoot some photos for Lotuss Clothing Supply's Spring LookBook and ended up shooting some Raw Video.
This was my first project using ML raw and I'll definitely be doing more.
Shot on my 5D Mark lll with a 35mm F2 and a FlyCam.

https://vimeo.com/87812777

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 11, 2014, 08:39:40 PM »
Well since underexposed shots are kind of my style.. I tried to take my own approach at your shot, and I hope you don't mind. This is probably the direction I would have taken it if I was in your shoes.


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To be honest, I bought this portable LED light from Ephoto. I was sort of skeptical at first, since most portable LED's on low budget don't produce much light at all but this thing has come in handy!

http://www.ephotoinc.com/professional-led-light-312-led-bicolor-changing-dimmable-light-pa312.html

Its $160.. But it comes with 2 batteries, you can dim the light & also change it from a yellow tone to a white tone.
It comes with a grip handle that you can attach or it can go on the camera. This light has saved me multiple times being in the middle of nowhere an still being able to shoot very low ISOs because I had this on me. Comes in a nice bag and you can carry it anywhere or in a backpack. I definitely recommend it, and actually if you look at the topic above or below this one, I posted a video w/ my T3I using this light at night.

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Cool video! I've got the Konova K3 myself. Really works well when you put something in the foreground to give more reference to the movement. I thought the dancer was pretty talented  as well. It would have been REALLY cool if you got a portable LED light setup (for the darker shots) and put it as high as you could but aimed down and got a dramatic spotlight effect.

Good job!

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Technically accomplished, aesthetically rich, great looking girl with good voice.

I just didn't get the point of it, I felt it was weak when it came to narrative and this was belied by the repition of angles and shots.

You have the skills, maybe some more time on concept and treatment.

If I was shooting stuff this nice looking a year and a half in I'd have been delighted.

May I ask if everything was down to you?  I eork extensively with a producer who can't even rig a single light, but two heads are better than one, I just think this video needs more ideas, all the elements are there, just needs a stronger foundation or structure.

I really hate to come accross as negative, or even condescending, but you asked for my opinion, which is largely positive, especially considering the modest kit used.

Final grumble.  I hate idents.  You don't see them on mtv. It detracts from the act, and sorry to say, ultimately you are subservient to the act, you are making a video for them, they aren't singing for you. Sad to say but uf you are doing your job well most folk won't even register you were even involved.

Just an opinion.  You should be very proud of this.  I really look forward to seeing what you make next.  Without an ident.

Thanks Paul! To be completely honest, her & I had planned to execute a different song. After about an hour in the studio down & still not sounding right we decided to completely switch everything up, & I had her do a song she was much more comfortable with (Marvin's Room). Given that, we had run out of time and I was only able to get 2 takes inside the studio, which didn't come out too great in my opinion, but we still thought we would use a few clips.

As far as the Ident, if I understand you correctly. We just released a new brand of ours (Motif Media Girls) with her (Kirin)  being the first feature. So It did feel somewhat necessary to tag the beginning, considering we do want people to know she is in-fact our artist.

I really appreciate the input & your time!

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Ok, well the quality is pretty damn good and everything was in focus, so you've got two big parts down haha.

The pacing is a little bit off though. The beginning starts off a little fast with a few quick cuts, then slows, then speeds back up, but the tempo of the music never changed. Make sure the pacing of the editing matches the tempo of the song (unless it's a stylistic choice, in which case it should be very prominent).

Also, in the majority of her closeups she was framed too far to the right, leaving too much dead space in front of her. Her chin was also cut off multiple times, which is something you want to avoid if you can. Cut an actor's forehead before you cut a chin; it looks more natural to the eye.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm going to assume the final aspect ratio was 1:2.35? I know that probably made it difficult shooting on a t3i where you have a 1:1.85 aspect ratio going on. I think using some sort of guide line on the screen may have helped. There was a screen shot of film crew for "Act of Valor" using a 5Dmk3 and they had thin lines of white tape marking their ratio. Not exactly the most professional way of going about it, but hey, it works, and that may help the framing issues.

It was good overall though, so don't let my critique let you think otherwise. I do this for a living, and those are some things I've had to learn the hard way. Hope that helped and good luck with your future projects!

Thanks for watching, as well as the input Dan! I am most definitely going to consider covering my lcd screen on-camera to help with the framing for my next shoot. I will pay closer attention to that for future references, as well as the pacing. I really hope to get my hands on a MK2 or MK3 sometime shortly, so in the mean time I'm trying to max my use on this T3i! Appreciate the input man

 

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Well, I want to thank you guys for even taking the time to check out the video, it's greatly appreciated!
And as far as some constructive tips/pointers though, I'm more than willing!

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Hey whats up guys! I shot this music video at night in the rain w/ our new music artist & wanted to get some input!
Whole video was shot on my canon T3I w/ my 35MM F/2 and 17-40mm L F/4!
This is her first time performing in a music video, what do you guys think? I've had about a year/halfs worth of experience with filming/editing.

Kirin Jain - "Marvin's Room" (Cover) Official Music Video Small | Large

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EOS Bodies / Re: Really...How "Bad" is the T3i For Video?
« on: March 10, 2013, 04:09:13 PM »
There's nothing wrong with a T3I if you know what your doing. Ive shot over 20+ high end video productions on a T3I w/ good settings.

Probably would suggest getting a small rodeo mic that just goes on top of the camera and would allow much better audio intake straight off the camera.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark 2 or 5D Mark 3??
« on: March 10, 2013, 03:57:27 PM »
Thanks guys, looks like i'll be saving up a little more to get my hands on that MK3.. The ISO performance would really come in handy, and as mentioned, so would the resale value in the long run.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark 2 or 5D Mark 3??
« on: March 09, 2013, 11:25:30 PM »
You guys do bring a really valid point.. Best but has them priced over 3500 and after tax were looking close to 4k. I could most def get a MK2 and another L lens w/ that. Is the ISO difference really that much between the mk2 and mo3?

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon 5D Mark 2 or 5D Mark 3??
« on: March 09, 2013, 10:09:56 PM »
So i've been shooting non-stop music video/commercial work on my canon t3i for the last year/half. I really feel like i've come close to using this camera to its full capacity & I'm getting ready to add a full frame camera to my bag..

Now I understand, obviously the Canon Mark 3 is the better camera but my main question would be..
Is the Canon Mark 3 worth the extra $1500 at this point in time for me? Right now the Mark 2 is going for around $2200 on Amazon (body only) which looks like a steal to me.. Is spending $3500 + for the newer model worth it at this point?

What would you do?

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