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Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking
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Shooting a "flat" image


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Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking

with Chad Perkins

Video: Shooting a "flat" image

Chad Perkins: The default setting when shooting with DSLRs creates a high contrast, but beautiful image and that might be great for you. But the down side of that is it doesn't leave you much if any room to make changes later in post. Because of this I personally prefer to shoot flat. In other words, I actually want an image that is as washed out as possible. I don't want bright highlights or dark shadows. This ensures that I have as much detail as possible in both the shadows and the highlights. If you ever seen dailies from film shoots, you seen a very washed out image there too.
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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. About the camera used in this course
      45s
  2. 11m 35s
    1. Understanding photography
      44s
    2. Understanding aperture
      1m 51s
    3. Trade-offs with aperture adjustment
      2m 32s
    4. Understanding shutter speed
      1m 26s
    5. Trade-offs with shutter adjustment
      2m 41s
    6. Understanding ISO
      44s
    7. Trade-offs with ISO adjustment
      1m 37s
  3. 6m 37s
    1. Understanding sensor size
      1m 19s
    2. Protecting highlights and native ISO
      1m 24s
    3. Getting a custom white balance
      2m 27s
    4. Focusing for video
      1m 27s
  4. 9m 24s
    1. Using lenses
      1m 51s
    2. Understanding wide lenses
      2m 39s
    3. Understanding long lenses
      2m 32s
    4. Getting shallow depth of field
      2m 22s
  5. 12m 34s
    1. Using graphs to gauge exposure
      2m 1s
    2. Recording audio
      2m 42s
    3. Using a clapperboard
      1m 13s
    4. Shooting a "flat" image
      51s
    5. Using custom color profiles
      54s
    6. Shooting slow motion
      1m 19s
    7. Getting a beautiful shot
      3m 34s
  6. 13m 33s
    1. Why use Premiere Pro for editing?
      1m 21s
    2. Transcoding video
      2m 29s
    3. Combining video and audio streams
      2m 7s
    4. Cleaning up noise and adding grain
      3m 26s
    5. Color correcting footage
      4m 10s
  7. 6m 1s
    1. About DSLR pitfalls
      30s
    2. Avoiding rolling shutter
      51s
    3. Avoiding moiré
      1m 6s
    4. About limited latitude
      1m 56s
    5. About extreme compression
      1m 38s
  8. 7m 27s
    1. Why you need a monitor
      58s
    2. Using a viewfinder
      52s
    3. Stabilizing your camera
      1m 43s
    4. Moving your camera
      35s
    5. Using a follow focus
      37s
    6. Using a matte box
      1m 8s
    7. Using neutral density filters
      1m 34s
  9. 1m 17s
    1. The future of DSLR video
      54s
    2. Final thoughts
      23s

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Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking
1h 10m Appropriate for all Feb 18, 2013

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Join Chad Perkins, an author and videographer, as he introduces the essential concepts and techniques necessary for shooting video with a DSLR camera. Targeted at beginning videographers and anyone interested in shooting better video, this course covers cinematography basics, DSLR pitfalls, important gear, and postproduction workflow. Along the way, discover how to choose lenses, record audio, and make shots more professional.

This course was created and produced by Chad Perkins. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Understanding aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • Using lenses as a tool in storytelling
  • Establishing focus for video
  • Achieving a shallow depth of field
  • Using equipment like clapperboards and matte boxes
  • Editing and color correcting footage
  • Using cinematography techniques to get beautiful shots
  • Avoiding rolling shutter and moiré
Subjects:
Video Filmmaking DSLR Video
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Chad Perkins

Shooting a "flat" image

Chad Perkins: The default setting when shooting with DSLRs creates a high contrast, but beautiful image and that might be great for you. But the down side of that is it doesn't leave you much if any room to make changes later in post. Because of this I personally prefer to shoot flat. In other words, I actually want an image that is as washed out as possible. I don't want bright highlights or dark shadows. This ensures that I have as much detail as possible in both the shadows and the highlights. If you ever seen dailies from film shoots, you seen a very washed out image there too.

It's just generally a good idea to get as much information captured as possible, and shooting flat is one of the best ways you can do that. Next, Brian is going to show you how to actually shoot flat, how to do it, and how to customize the look of the footage you capture.

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