Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting background plates, part of Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds.
…You might not think of yourself as a videographer or a cinematographer.…But you don't need to be a director of photography to shoot blurry background…video plates.…All it takes is a DSLR and preferably some sort of prime lens.…Now, you could pick up a cheap 50 millimeter prime lens at 1.8 for…about $100 for most cameras.…But, of course, maybe you already have invested in some good glass.…The benefits of this is that you can easily rack the focus and…get shallow depth of field, that nice bokeh or bokeh depending upon how you…like to pronounce it, that gives you that blurry look.…
And the iris and…the aperture of the camera work together to create beautiful footage plates.…Something simple, like you see here,…just glass jewels from the bottom of an aquarium could be shot with bright light.…I like to use a motorized turntable and I spin this around and…put the camera on a tripod.…This way, I get highly repeatable background plates that are easy to loop.…Now, this process might sound a bit complex, but the good news is…
- The role of backgrounds in video
- Achieving proper color and contrast
- Gathering source material
- Working with gradients
- Filtering and blending backgrounds
- Using patterned tiles
- Shooting background plates
- Stacking and blending footage
- Designing backgrounds with the effects in After Effects
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Background Essentials
2. Gathering Source Materials for Backgrounds
3. Working with Gradients
4. Designing Backgrounds with Photo Sources
5. Designing Backgrounds with Video Sources
6. Designing Backgrounds with After Effects
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