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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Rich Harrington: Okay Kevin, it looks like it's built pretty straight forward stuff here. Why is there the gentle curve here, what's the idea of having this have a bend in the middle, rather than a hard edge or just using a box. Kevin Bradley: What you find, especially with depth of field, is that it will fall off a lot nicer. It creates a little bit of distance, as opposed to having a wall right here, where it's just going to be one flat surface. But it's a gradual falloff. And the camera really can't see the difference between it. Rich Harrington: It's looking good.
We have a few scratches and scuffs on ours, but it'll actually fall off. I mean, the idea here is, keep this clean, ours has gotten a little bit dirty through the years, but it's several years old. The thing that you have to be careful of is, again, this is pretty thick plastic. One side's shiny. You actually can use the shiny side if you want. I tend to use the more mottled side, so it just falls off. But if you wanted that high gloss look, with lots of light bouncing around. You would just flip it to the other side. As you see there. Lots of shine, and that's usable, too. Up top here, why do we have the towels? What's going on with this? Kevin Bradley: Well, this is very sensitive stuff.
And these are not cheap, so I think you're just trying to protect it from the pony clamps here. They can be a little bit harsh on things that are a little bit weak. Rich Harrington: Yeah, and it looks like our pony clamps have lost the rubber clips. Just toss in an dish rag on there, a shop towel, is going to cut down on any of the scratch. And then, beyond that Everything's pretty simple. We got two light stands and your typical backdrop bar. Kevin Bradley: Yep. That's it.
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