Create stunning images by changing height and perspective

As a cameraman or photographer you always need to remember you can make things look like what they are not. Your choice of lens and lighting can make anything look completely different to what it does to the eye. In fact to eye is easily tricked by use of perspective, height and other visual clues we put in our images which can make our brains see what is not there.

The image above of the arrow always pointing in one direction was created by Mathematician Kokichi Sugihara, of Meiji University in Japan. He creates real-life 3D objects that appear to ignore the laws of our universe. How can this arrow, that perpetually points right, no matter how you turn it, actually exist?

The illusion still works even when the arrow is placed next to a mirror, with the reflected version instead always pointing left, while the real one continues to point right.

Sugihara uses his skills as a mathematician to design uniquely-shaped 3D objects that can change their appearance based on the angle you look at them. When viewed from above, this ‘arrow’ is a perfectly symmetrical, but ambiguous shape. From a different perspective, however, the undulations on top of it make one side appear to have more of a point than the other, and when your brain tries to match what it’s seeing to something it’s seen before, a pointing arrow is the obvious choice.

This is an extreme example of tricking your brain with the use of camera height and angle, but remember by changing you perspective on something will make it look different. Many years ago, a friend of mine who is a very creative video director once commented to me that the shot that I had setup looked too “news camera”. I asked what he meant and his reply was that it was shot from shoulder height a very typical thing for the “news” guys. I immediately looked at the scene and lower the camera to get a alternate view.

When setting your shot don’t forget to explore camera heights as well as the best angle to view and capture what you want.

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RED Epic Dragon Camera / Production Package for Sale

Update : Camera is sold. 

I have decided to sell one of my Red cameras. This camera is a great camera that has had very low usage time – only 120 hours on the sensor. It’s a great dependable camera that produces great images time after time. It is fitted with the interchangeable OLPF. It also comes with both a Red Pro I/O and A-Box so you can scale it up or down to suit your production needs.

With both Titanium PL Mount and Titanium Canon Mount you can run an awesome amount of lenses on this great camera.

I want $23,000 excl. GST ($25,300 incl. GST) and will provide a Tax Invoice.

This RED Epic Dragon with heaps of accessories is up for sale. All items purchased brand new by myself. It is a Fully kitted production package in excellent condition, ready to shoot. Minimal signs of wear, very low operation hours.

Used primarily on TVC’s. Never dry hired.
Sensor Hours: 120
Inspection can be arranged.

Please contact me for any queries or offers.

CAMERA
1 x Epic Dragon 6K Camera Body
1 x Pro I/O Module
1 x DSMC Titanium PL Mount
1 x DSMC Titanium Canon Mount
1 x DSMC 1.8” SSD Side Module
1 x DSMC Side Handle (w/ hard case)
1 x Redmote (w/ hard case)
1 x Skin Tone Highlight OLPF
1 x Low Light OLPF (w/ protective case)
1 x Viewfactor IDX V-lock Battery plate
1 x Pro Battery Module (Quad)
1 x Module Adaptor

ACCESSORIES
1 x Wooden Camera A-Box
1 x Viewfactor Origo Remote Start/Stop
2 x Olympus Scratch mics (ME52’s)
1 x Top Plate
1 x Shoulder mount
1 x Top handle
1 x Red Handle – Right (19mm with 15mm adaptor)
1 x Bottom Spacer Plate
1 x Lightweight 15mm Adaptor
1 x Element Technica Studio 15mm Bridge Plate & Dovetail
2 x Stainless Steel Rods – 30cm
1 x Red Sidewinder

MONITORING
1 x Bomb EVF LCOS (w/ hard case)
1 x Red Pro 5.0” Touch Screen Monitor (w/ soft bag)
1 x DSMC Top Mount (Adjustable)
1 x Spinner EVF Mount
5 x EVF/LCD Cables

MEDIA
2 x 128GB 1.8″ SSD Redmags (w/ hard cases)
1 x 256GB 1.8” SSD Redmag (w/ hard case)
1 x Redmag Stations 1.8″ USB2 / esata
1 x Redmag Stations 1.8″ USB3

BATTERIES/POWER
4 x Redvolt Batteries (w/ hard case)
2 x Redvolt Batteries
1 x Redvolt Quad Charger
2 x Redvolt Travel Chargers
3 x Power Cables
1 x AC Adapter (Epic AC Power)
1 x 2B-TO-1B Power Adapter Cable

CASES
1 x Kangaroo Soft Camera Case
1 x Pelican 1600 Case
1 Red Camera body case

Shoot preparation and shoot day tips

Plan your video shoot well

Before any successful shoot there is always some planning on my part as the cameraman or DOP. I like to have an idea of what I will be shooting and the location the shoot will be in. Really the more information you have will mean you can be better prepared and save time on set and most importantly get the best images. Try to get an outline of the shots needed or a storyboard is great too.
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Camera bags and hard cases for Photographic, Film and TV gear

Sony F5 Camera case

So how do you make sure your gear works when you need it too? That’s an easy answer, make sure you protect it properly. The easiest way to do this is to have your gear in protective cases or bags. Continue reading “Camera bags and hard cases for Photographic, Film and TV gear”

Video Production Values matter

Good professional video cameraman

If you’re putting a video online, you’re making a statement about your brand and its values. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “You only get one chance to make a first impression”, and any video you put online is that first impression. If the viewer is distracted by the bad composition or the incorrectly exposed image or if they can’t hear what you have to say because of poor sound recording, you’ve lost their attention and maybe even their potential business.
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How long should my video be?

Image result for visible measures viewer engagement

As a cameraman I get asked a lot by clients how long should their video be. In general the shorter the better for videos as there are many factors to alter audience engagement and how long viewers will watch for.

It’s safe to assume that your viewers have short attention spans and plenty of distractions. The ideal length of a video depends on the content, the context, and the viewer.

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How be a successful freelance camera operator

how to be a success full cameraman

When it comes to hiring a camera operator or DOP, clients and Producers are looking for talented and reliable crew. Typically Producers will not take a chance on a using a new crew member unless they come recommended. Even then they will only use new crew on a small shoot to see how you go. It can be a hard road and many don’t make it, but if you run your business of being a camera operator well you will make.

So how do you set yourself up for success and make sure you will be financially viablae and around for the next shoot?

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