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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: Hi, my name is Rich Harrington. Robbie Carman: And I am Robbie Carman. Rich: Now, one of the things that everybody gets bugged with is focus. You know, people are like, can I sharpen it in post, can I apply a filter? Robbie: Well, and it's been made particularly bad in the past few years with DSLR production, simply because everything looks good on the back of your LCD. Rich: Yeah. Robbie: So, people just make the assumption of, oh yeah, it kind of looks in focus, yeah, I'll just run with it, and when they get back to their studio, you will notice that, yes, things are in fact a little soft and they are not working as well as they should.
So, this week we are going to talk about some practical strategies to help you check your focus. Now, ideally your best solution would be checking focus on something besides the back of your camera, besides that little LCD, but all of the sort of the techniques that we are going to talk about are applicable if you are using the LCD in the back of your camera as well as other monitoring devices like external monitors, EVFs, and even larger screen monitors. Rich: On an earlier episode, we talked all about using a loop. I highly recommend you check that episode out. Remember, a loop is going to make it a lot easier for you to see what's going on with a built-in monitor, that's going to magnify the image, give you sharper focus.
For purposes of this week's episode, we are going to talk about strategies that are going to work regardless of your monitoring solution. This is going to be things like punching in, using a target, auto-focus, adjust auto-focus the start, not continuous auto-focus. Three practical strategies, and when we come back, we'll jump right in.
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