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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
1 x Kangaroo Soft Camera Case
1 x Pelican 1600 Case
1 Red Camera body case
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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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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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 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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It’s easy to shoot video with a smartphone or tablet.
Here are a few tips to help you get great results!
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Whether you’re shooting video with a DSLR, mirrorless camera, or upgrading to a high-end video camera, true cine lenses provide a great way to enhance your video shooting experience and achieve professional results. So why go for a cine lens that may cost thousands of dollars when your regular stills lenses is doing a creditable job capturing video? Because true cine lenses offer much greater control and precision, provide a more seamless shooting experience, and can deliver even better overall video performance.
Continue reading “Cine Lenses or Stills Lenses?”
What is a 360 camera?
A 360 camera allows you to take immersive, spherical photos or videos where every angle of the scene is recorded at the same time. This means it comes as either a rig that holds multiple cameras covering all angles, or a standalone camera with multiple camera lenses embedded in the device. 360 cameras come in two types: monoscopic and stereoscopic but most cameras are Monoscopic so I’ll focus on them. The term stereoscopic means it’s shooting 3D in 360 degrees. You all remember that 3D fad that died out recently.
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A typical professional video shoot normally means you need a wide range of gear. Even the seemingly simplest shoot can need a huge amount of gear to make the end video look fabulous.
Keep in mind, there is no “one size fits all” equipment package for everyone since there are so many variables including budget, type of project, shoot style and shoot locations to name just a few.
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