Join Anthony Q. Artis for an in-depth discussion in this video Knowing when to use auto focus, part of Foundations of Video: Cameras and Shooting.
So let's talk about autofocus for a minute.…If you're only used to shooting video with Consumer cameras or your iPhone, you may be…used to relying on autofocus.…It's a habit that I recommend you break as soon as possible if you want to shoot professional-looking video.…The reason I recommend avoiding it most of the time is because autofocus is simply not…reliable under many shooting situations.…Specifically, autofocus is all but useless in low light situations.…Also, if you have other people or objects that cross in the foreground of your subject or…that are positioned as part of your shot, the camera's autofocus may choose to focus…on those people or objects in the foreground, instead of the actual person or thing you…want it to focus on.…
The autofocus may also hunt for different subjects to focus on as people in the frame shift slightly.…Understand this, the people that made your camera are very smart.…The camera itself, however, is as dumb as a brick.…It only does what we tell it to do manually or what it's been programmed to do, and that…
AuthorAnthony Q. Artis
- Exploring the different types of video cameras
- Understanding how to focus
- Shooting with shallow depth of field
- Understanding exposure
- Using ND filters to correct overexposure
- Using gain to brighten an underexposed shot
- Choosing the right shutter speed
- White-balancing a shot
- Working with a tripod
- Shooting handheld
- Using a boom microphone
- Setting up a 4-point lighting scene
- Using corrective gels
Skill Level Appropriate for all
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1. Getting Started in Video
2. Camera Essentials
3. Moving the Camera
4. Audio Essentials
5. Lighting Essentials
Using corrective gels9m 11s
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