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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.
Now Rich, I like knowing what the sun and the moon is going to do and it's really easy on a sort of flat two dimensional map view, >> Yeah. >> But that's only so much information. I want to know what the sun and the moon are going to do, in the actual environment that I'm in, cause I find that to be much more useful. >> Well we're in a relatively flat space here, but still those trees back there could affect when we actually see the sun for sunrise. >> Right. >> And, we need to really think about things, what happens if we're shooting in the mountains? >> Right. >> Well sunset might be at, you know, 8 o'clock at night if you are at the ocean. But in the mountains it might go behind those mountains at 6:30, 7 o'clock at night.
>> Right or if you were doing something say in New York City, you got real tall skyscrapers. >> Yeah. >> You might want to know, hey, when is the sun going to actually crest that building, and I'll get, you know, full sun on the street? >> Well, so I launched this cool app called Sun Seeker. >> Mmh. >> It's a cross-platform app, >> Yep. >> And, you know, it's giving us that same sort of idea. You know, there's this chart, and I'm just going to be honest. I don't know what it really means. And that's because I didn't study this sort of thing. >> Right. >> But what I do get is the 3D view and don't get turned off. Just hit the 3D button, your camera clicks on. >> Yeah. >> And now, we actually see, and we can look through there, and it's showing us, oh there's the sun.
And look at that, it lined right up with the sun. >> That's good. >> You can see that, you know, and it's showing us the path. >> Sun's in the right place. That's good. >> Yeah. >> That's a good sign. >> It's actually showing us. Now if I hit done for a second, let's say we were coming back here. Not today, but 2 weeks from today. >> Right. >> Well, we can roll that forward a couple of days. >> Yeah, and this is great because after all, the earth is rotating around the sun. >> Yeah. >> The seasons are changing so the tilt of the earth changes as well. So the sun path is going to be a little different. >> So I set it to July 24th and I go to the 3D view, and it's like oh okay. It shows me two lines. It shows me today's sun position and everything else, so.
>> Yup. Alright, well that's where the sun is now, at 6 o'clock, 7 o'clock, 8 o'clock. Well, the sun is going to set right there. >> Right. Yep. >> Well that's great. You know, if we're here on this baseball field and we want to have some long shadows being cast out, that's going to work well. Maybe we'll schedule the shoot here, you know, in the late afternoon or early evening. >> Yeah, and this is good for a lot of things. It's good for repe, repeatability of shots if you need to go over multiple days. >> Yeah. >> And get that same, you know, the same shadows, the same sun, that kind of stuff. It's also for great for figuring out things, you know, we've heard people talk about this all the time. The golden hour shooting, right? In this case, you can know exactly when and where the golden arrow's going to be.
>> Well, for example. I can tell right now that the sun would rise right there behind that giant tree. >> Yep. >> At about 6:00 a.m. And it's going to go in a path that basically arcs up that way and ends up over there. >> Yep. >> So again, this sort of information is incredibly useful. Remember, if you want to take screen shots of this, you can go ahead and push both buttons here, and it will take a screen capture of what's on your phone and that's a great way if you want to save that to the camera roll so you could send it to other folks. >> Mm-hm. >> But this is really kind of cool because I mean, I'm just going to say, I hate to put it this way, but it's idiot proof.
There's a little arrow that points you where it goes and there's just simple lines. >> Yeah, in this particular one there's actually a light version and then there's a, a more full feature paid version. But either one is going to give you a lot of really good need to know information for tracking the sun and the moon. >> All right, so when we come back we got one more lighting app to help you understand things about the sun, sunrise, sunset times. I really like it and we'll take a look at that next.
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