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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.
Hi, I'm Robbie Carman. And I'm Rich Harrington. And Rich, there's a phrase that my mom, and well to a lesser extent my dad, drilled into me when I was a kid. Yeah. And that is, cleanliness is godliness. Yeah. And if you don't have clean lenses or clean cameras, it leads to a lot of fix it in post, or a lot of frustration, right? Well, yeah. I mean, besides that, I also suffer from some OCD, you know? So, like I see. It's good that he's so honest with you people. I, I tell you. I see a speck of you know, lint on the lens. Yeah. The first thing I want to do is, oh, I gotta clean that.
Yeah. But no, in all serious though, keeping your gear clean and well-maintained is an important part of it function properly, as well as getting, you know, the right shots. You have noise on your sensor, that's going to show up in photos, and your video. You have a fingerprint smudge on the front of your lens, guess what, that's really hard to take out in post later on. Yeah. So making sure that your lenses are clean, your sensors clean, are all part of good camera maintenance. Well, and you mention taking it out in post. I was actually hired to do just that. Guy had an interview with the big CEO of the company on the side of a track.
It was cool. It was a very dusty day. It was not an option to re-shoot, because they didn't want to have to say oh, come back. Bring all those race cars back. Do it all over again. But, it took me a good day to clean up this interview. And that was a couple grand to fix that in post. And that's just one example of how expensive it could be. And if that happens to you by the way, the lynda.com Online Training Library, lots of great titles about rotoscoping. Yeah, so what we have here is a wide range, and cleanliness really starts at a couple of places.
First off, it's going to start with you, making sure that you get the oil off your hands. Wash your hands before a shoot or even periodically. I'll often keep wet wipes, baby wipes in my bag, so throughout the day as my hands are getting grimy, or oil, or dirt, I'm not getting that all over the outside of the lens or the front of the lens. Now I've seen that pepperoni piece once, on the front of your lens. Oh, just occasionally, yeah. But then of course we're going to get to the lenses themselves, we need to keep those clean. Couple of strategies there. You can use a cloth. You can use a lens pen. We're going to look at both in a moment. But as you start to move back, keeping it clean gets problematic.
You might do it yourself and just blow out it using a blower or a gentle brush or a blower brush, and then you kind of step up to that whole new level that's scary. The wet brush. The wet brush. And, yeah. The wet brush is one of those things that is a little intimidating. And we'll dive into it a little bit more, I just want to put this out there. If you have any fear about cleaning any of your gear, there's professionals that can help you out. Going to your local camera store is, you know, to sort of keep your peace of mind and your sanity.
Yeah. About worrying about breaking something or scratching a lens, is money well spent. So if any of the things we're going to talk about today make you even a tad bit nervous, go seek professional help. And please don't hold us responsible for cleaning your camera. Alright. We'll be right back.
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