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.

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

External recorder or monitor-recorder: why do I need one?

best on camera recorder

Deciding on new camera gear is always tough and you have to focus on which product is right for you.

I have owned and used on camera monitor-recorders for a long time. I originally bought a Atomos Samurai when I bought one of the first Red One cameras in Australia. The reason this was a great option to add to the Red camera was because it allowed me record a video stream with matching file names and timecode (to the RAW recording) the Red camera was doing. This allowed more options in post production as well as allowing for playback on set. This was in the very early days of the Red before the cameras could play back the footage. These two features alone were more than enough reason to buy the Atomos.
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Red’s new camera

It’s all happening again, Red has made a cryptic announcement of an announcement coming on July 6th.

Jim Jannard the founder of Red Digital Cinema posted on RedUser “July 6th. 9am PST. Right here. You need to be online. You need to tell everyone you know to be online. Have your credit card ready. This is a new product category. It does not impact your RED camera.”

Jim Jannard later posted its “Much bigger than a codec and much smaller than curing cancer.”
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Secret to making a great Video

Secrets to better videos

What is the secret to making a great video? A great cameraman.
While having all the gear you will need on set is always that best option, Gear does not make the cameraman, the cameraman makes the gear. Don’t forget Gear is good, but vision, know-how and creativity is better.
If you know how to properly use your gear, you can produce beautiful work. Does using professional camera gear perform better? Yes. But simply having the best camera isn’t enough you need to know-how to use it.
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Phone Photography Tips for better photos

Take better photos with your smartphone

Phone photography means freedom and capturing special moments with family and friends. It may be tricky at first to get a good shot, but here are some tips to help improve your photography. Remember the best camera is always the one you have with you.
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