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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.
Male 1: Now, when we're outdoors in bright sun like this, you really have two choices. Overpower the sun or work with the sun. But the problem with that is, where is the sun? And of course I can spot where it is now. It's right about there. But what I want to know is, when I'm scouting a location or I'm trying to decide where the sun is going to be when I'm shooting, it's a little bit more difficult. And for this we'll do sun path calculations. Now the good news is there's lots of phone apps that make this easier. One of my favorites is called Sun Seeker.
And what it does is it gives me a table and I can easily see where the sun is going to be, using the compass on my phone. And as I look I kind of get a general good idea. But the coolest option is the 3D view. And when I engage this, what happens is, my camera in my phone actually starts to show me the sun. And it gives me the actual path. So as I'm looking for the sun's position there, I could see it, there it is right there, in it. And I'm framed up. And what I'm looking at, is where the sun is going to be, so I could tell that the sun rose over there, it's going to rise up, and throughout today, it's going to basically take this path.
And according to my calculator, the sun is going to set right about there, at 8 o'clock. What this allows me to do, is actually see where the sun is. So, a lot a times, you arrive a little bit before the shot. Or you're planning for something you want to do this afternoon. So, for example, if we wanted to shoot the sunset tonight. I want it to design my shot. I don't have to guess where the sun is going to go down. I can just take out my Sun Seeker app, and I can actually see where is the sun, and then it will give me the path. And that's really useful to be able to see that sort of thing.
Plus the app even does advance features. If I was out here location scouting for say a shoot a few weeks from now. I could dial that date in and it will actually show me the future. Now you can look this information up on a computer ahead of time, but having it in your pocket is really cool. And that Sun Seeker app is available for both iOS and Android. It's just a couple of bucks, so I highly recommend you put it in your pocket and you keep that information close to your fingertips.
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