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cayenne

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Hi Folks,

Ok, I need some advice.

I have this event I'm likely going to be doing video for. It is to set a world record for "the largest gathering of brides, in wedding dresses"...and then a pub crawl afterwards.

This is in Sept, starts at 4pm....goes through evening.   

So, my main thought as the evening goes on....what do do about lights? and with me on foot for quite a bit of distance...I can't carry a ton of equipment by myself, and I'm likely to be a one man band here.

I have my manfroto monopod with fluid head...I'll be bringing that.

I have my sling bag...and figure I can carry my 70-200mm f/2.8.....my 17-40mm f/4.  For ultrawides I'll maybe squeeze in for only a couple shots...my rokinon 14mm.

But I have no portable lights. Should I invest in some sort of small, portable LED lights?

I've not worked out any logistics....but mainly the record setting part is at one site about 4pm...once that is done, they all walk to various bars that are sponsoring this event, so, I'll need to follow along with them and shoot along the way.

This is in about a month and I just kinda found out I was volunteered for this, so, starting to sweat a bit early and try to figure out how best to try to pull this off.

I've got 2x batteries...I'll be buying at least a 3rd one, maybe 2 more. I need at least a couple more CF cards I'm thinking, I have about 4 x 32GB ones, along with a bunch of 32GB sd cards, but I don't trust those for video.

Thoughts, suggestions?  I'm trying to see if I can get a friend to help me out a bit...but I'm planning now for it to just be me.


Thanks in advance!!!

Cayenne

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You don't have a flash?
I wouldnt dare to shoot an event like this without having one in my bag.
Before, if you prefer available light, I would bring my 35L.

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You don't have a flash?
I wouldnt dare to shoot an event like this without having one in my bag.
Before, if you prefer available light, I would bring my 35L.
He will be shooting video not stills.

I bought a portable LED on camera light a while ago that I'm pretty happy with. It throws a ton of light and has interchangeable filters depending on what light you need to throw. Here's the link http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/824785-REG/Polaroid_PLLED256_LED_256_VIDEO_LIGHT.html

But... on the other hand you are shooting with a mark 3 and it is the low light king, especially when it comes to video. If I were you i'd bring a portable light just in case but you'll probably be ok with available light.

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You don't have a flash?
I wouldnt dare to shoot an event like this without having one in my bag.
Before, if you prefer available light, I would bring my 35L.

This is all VIDEO I'm asking about.

Thanks!!
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You don't have a flash?
I wouldnt dare to shoot an event like this without having one in my bag.
Before, if you prefer available light, I would bring my 35L.
He will be shooting video not stills.

I bought a portable LED on camera light a while ago that I'm pretty happy with. It throws a ton of light and has interchangeable filters depending on what light you need to throw. Here's the link http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/824785-REG/Polaroid_PLLED256_LED_256_VIDEO_LIGHT.html

But... on the other hand you are shooting with a mark 3 and it is the low light king, especially when it comes to video. If I were you i'd bring a portable light just in case but you'll probably be ok with available light.

So far...my success rate with the 5D3 for stills or video in low light have been dismal.

I get so much noise either way I haven't had much luck getting any keepers with the camera.

I've learned I should try more ETTR, but far, I've not had any good luck with extremely low light and high ISO.

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You don't have a flash?
I wouldnt dare to shoot an event like this without having one in my bag.
Before, if you prefer available light, I would bring my 35L.
He will be shooting video not stills.

I bought a portable LED on camera light a while ago that I'm pretty happy with. It throws a ton of light and has interchangeable filters depending on what light you need to throw. Here's the link http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/824785-REG/Polaroid_PLLED256_LED_256_VIDEO_LIGHT.html

But... on the other hand you are shooting with a mark 3 and it is the low light king, especially when it comes to video. If I were you i'd bring a portable light just in case but you'll probably be ok with available light.

How long is battery life on this thing on battery?

Thanks for the reply!!!

C

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A couple of ideas:

1. Rent/Borrow/Beg help.
2. Rent portable lights.

It sounds like one of your key (pun intended) concerns is not having any help. If I lived closed to you, I'd be glad to help, just because I enjoy shooting and working on projects like this. You might find others in your area (especially perhaps folks younger than I) who have a similar attitude. If you're getting paid for the gig, perhaps paying them, at least in beers, might suffice. They can carry and set up at least one key light on a stand or just handheld to perhaps provide enough light for what you'll need (especially if you'll interview people). You've got some time to meet at least once with them to make sure you're on the same page.

Another idea is to check with a few of the venues to see what kind of lighting they might have and might be able to use for you. I shot a wedding reception for a friend. The DJ had set up the venue with his lights. After talking with him, he offered to throw a spot light on people for certain activities (dances, toasts, etc.) and even knew the color temp of the lights so that I could plan accordingly. If they are sponsoring it and want some promotion from it, they'll have an interest in helping your video turn out well. For example, perhaps they'll keep one corner lit rather well as a place to do interviews or other shots.

Good luck!

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35mm f1.4

85mm f1.8

Shoot smart... turn off HTP, shoot 24fps 1/50th shutter down to 1/30th shutter if you need it. Neutral scene file setting. "Native ISO" minus a third stop (160/320/640/1250/2500) and DON'T underexpose. Let your highlights blow if you need to, mostly they'll just be practicals anyway.

The 5D III is a noisy camera. But you should be fine.

Use the RAW hack if you want to be cool, but I don't trust it!

You might find you don't need the video lights. Except as fill. I worked on a shoot with a big BTS crew (one hired by Universal Studios, presumably for very big money) and they shot BTS on a 7D and 17-55mm f2.8 IS on a 5D II with a 24-70mm f2.8 II and little LED lights on boom poles, held by a grip, generally as fill. The sets were already heavily lit, which made this kind of shooting more feasible, though. You might need a faster camera, hence those lenses.

2500 ISO with HTP off is clean. So then again you might not. Lens rentals are cheap for EF mount so I'd have one f1.4 lens just in case!

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Kinda surprised to hear those that think the 5DMKIII is noisy.  I'm pretty picky about noise and I've always been pleased with the higher ISO performance of mine.  Granted I've never shot video with mine over ISO 1000, but I shoot stills at ISO's I would never even consider with my MKII.

If you're just shooting b-roll, I would try to shoot "available" so that it looks more natural and if you need to get any sound, then light that, but keep the light levels low enough on the subjects so that you can see the environment behind them(but still make the subject look good).

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You don't have a flash?
I wouldnt dare to shoot an event like this without having one in my bag.
Before, if you prefer available light, I would bring my 35L.
He will be shooting video not stills.

I bought a portable LED on camera light a while ago that I'm pretty happy with. It throws a ton of light and has interchangeable filters depending on what light you need to throw. Here's the link http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/824785-REG/Polaroid_PLLED256_LED_256_VIDEO_LIGHT.html

But... on the other hand you are shooting with a mark 3 and it is the low light king, especially when it comes to video. If I were you i'd bring a portable light just in case but you'll probably be ok with available light.

How long is battery life on this thing on battery?

Thanks for the reply!!!

C

You can get a good 3- 3.5 hours out of the battery.

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I have shot video in pubs before.... They are very poorly lit... Bring FAST lenses, you will be at high iso.

My experience with portable lighting (LED lighting panel on hotshoe) is not good, works up close, pathetic for background... I can't see it working for shooting a group of people.

Best advice, and I am not being cheeky here, is to head out to a pub with a few friends and start shooting video.... See what you can and can't get away with....

Have fun

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Rent a sensitive camcorder.  DSLR video is more movie like where you setup your camera, measure the distance to the subject and set the lens focus to that distance.  You might get lucky with manual focus so that some of the footage will be in focus, I'm not, most times I get oof garbage.  The 70D, if the hype is right will change that with autofocus in low light.  Of course, we want to see what the results are from pro photographers and a broad range of reviewers.

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Forgot to mention this.... Turn IS off on your lens or it will become part of your soundtrack.... Or better yet, get an external mike, or take a phone, get a sound recording app, and let it sit by the people and mix it in at production time.

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Forgot to mention this.... Turn IS off on your lens or it will become part of your soundtrack.... Or better yet, get an external mike, or take a phone, get a sound recording app, and let it sit by the people and mix it in at production time.

Thanks for all of the advice!!
I have the Rode videomic I keep on the shoe....I got a Rode stereo mic, if I had help I'd set that up too maybe...

On the other hand, I'm guessing this will mostly end up a montage with music over it...so, sound likely not that big a deal.

I'm meeting with the organizer this weekend to see what's exactly expected. this is a non-paying gig for charity.

On rental lenses....what would be the best to get?

85  f/1.2?  50 f/1.2?

I have the 85 f/1.8...so, should I got for renting the 50 f/1.5....

I was hoping since my 17-40mm, while being f/4...would still be usable at the wider angles...?

Thanks for all the advice so far.

C

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..."the largest gathering of brides, in wedding dresses"...and then a pub crawl afterwards...This is in Sept, starts at 4pm....goes through evening...as the evening goes on....what do do about lights? and with me on foot for quite a bit of distance...I can't carry a ton of equipment by myself, and I'm likely to be a one man band here. I have my manfroto monopod with fluid head...I'll be bringing that...I have my sling bag...and figure I can carry my 70-200mm f/2.8.....my 17-40mm f/4....But I have no portable lights. Should I invest in some sort of small, portable LED lights?

I got a wedding reception at a dark venue with a 5D3, Manfrotto tripod, 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200 2.8 IS II. The material looked good even at ISO 12,800. Yes there was some noise but it's so dark you can't get the footage any other way and it looks atmospheric. Mic was Rode VideoMic Pro, but audio wasn't vital since much of the final material was covered by music added in post.

If you need to capture spoken word audio, using a remote mic or external recorder is good, if possible.

I used manual focus and a Zacuto EVF Pro, which was very useful. The 70-200 2.8 is a superb video lens even in crowded venues since it allows highly selective focus on the subject. It makes everything look cinematic.

I have LED lights but did not consider those since it can be intrusive if you want candid material. For more formal shots they're very helpful.

IMO using manual focus and a focus aid such as a loupe or EVF are vital for this type of event.

As others said, you really need another camera or assistant. Changing lenses all the time is a good way to miss key happenings.

If you have no recharging opportunities, you'll need at least three batteries, preferably four or five. It's better to not even try and recharge -- it's just one more drain on your limited bandwidth.

Whatever your configuration, you'll need practice before the event to make sure it all works. It is extremely easy to forget to turn on an external mic, forget how to change ISO while rolling video, forget how to adjust mic gain when the quick control dial switches to touch mode, etc.

For a loupe or EVF, all the fittings, screws, cables, etc. should be thoroughly checked out and practiced beforehand. If an EVF or field monitor is used, they have their own menus, modes and controls which should be well practiced.

Remember the 70-200 requires a tripod adapter (which comes with the lens); don't forget to take that. Have several quick-disconnect plates so you don't have to change from camera base to lens tripod adapter.

If it's the Manfrotto 561 BHDV monopod, test the ball mount thoroughly and make sure it doesn't stick or pop. Some of them do and can easily spoil a take by imparting a jerk to an otherwise-smooth pan or tilt motion. If it sticks you may be able to lubricate it, but do all that beforehand.

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