Here's a glimpse of the epic trip of Japan with Tynan and friends.
Here's a glimpse of the epic trip of Japan with Tynan and friends.
Awesome videos and great editing! Seems like it's been an amazing trip.
I really like the idea of thinking like a photographer while shooting, and instead of snapping a photo, taking a moving picture of 5-10 seconds.
Do you shoot in manual mode? And do you have an external mic? This may seem like an obvious question but although I've been learning quite a bit about photography lately, I'm still a total newbie when it comes to shooting videos. I have a Canon 650D and will start making videos soon, so any advice is much appreciated!
Thanks. I'm a total noob too, so that should kill any requirements of needing experience.
I took zero photographs. Instead of hitting the shutter, i clicked the video button instead.
The next thing is I used a very special manual lens that gives a unique cinematic look. Most cameras look very digital, like out of some camcorder home video. Really nice manual lenses give a much better look. For the Canon 650D, I would say bright primes are best 50mm 1.4 etc, but i'm sure a quick google search can give you interesting options. For the really unique look, you'll probably need and adapter so you can use old school prime lenses.
one thing I majorly screwd up was setting the shutter speed to automatic. It needs to be set either to 1/30th or 1/60th to match the 60hz light frequent used in light bulbs in America. In Europe you would use 1/50th or any divisible of that. Setting this incorrectly causes the light flicker you see.
Also picking the right music helps a ton. Sound is 90% off the feel of a video. Then you simply put the clips together in a way that seems to fit the music. Mine is chronological, but I rearranged a few things when it was apparent it would fit the music much better.
For the editor, I use FCP X on the Mac, it's great. You can do alot for the time/energy. Learning curve isn't as harsh.
I'm thinking about doing some local gigs to build my portfolio. Video work is a nice blend of artistic and technical skill which seems to suit me.
Hi again! Thanks for the advice. I was looking into buying a 50mm actually, good ones with a lens speed of 1.4 or even 1.2 are quite cheap.
I didn't know about the shutter speed. In fact, I thought the shutter speed was only used when taking pictures, I had no idea it mattered when taking videos! I'll make sure to pay attention to that when I'll take videos.
As far as the aperture is concerned, then, do you tend to use a very shallow depth of field? I can see you have a very shallow depth of field in many scenes you shot, but what about landscape shooting?
My problem is that I find it hard to focus correctly and on the spot when moving with the camera and shooting (in manual mode). Since the camera is in live view mode (I see what I'm shooting on the LCD), it's a bit hard to gauge whether things are really in focus or not.
Anyhow, thanks again your videos are really nice. Good luck on building your portfolio, I'm sure you'll succeed with that.
Landscape, you'll want a wide angle lens or simply do a pan with a normal lens to cover the landscape. You'll just set the focus to infinity and increase the aperture and you'll get a sharper image.
It's tricky to focus. I use the viewfinder and find it better, but you're not going to get perfect focusing. The newer cameras now have focus peaking which shows a bright red lines to show where you've focused which is very useful, but many do not work while video shooting.
Really enjoyed watching the videos. Great editing :)
Which camera did you use to take the video?
Do you have extra hard drive to keep all these video while travelling?Thanks :)
Thanks! GH2 + Voigtlander 25mm .95 lens
I shot 1080p 30 fps, and I never made a single SD card change. I had a 64 GB SD card and only used maybe 60%. I was shocked myself.
I can't believe it. I thought it would take lots of space. How could you manage to take these videos with just 64 GB SD card and only use around 60%.
The reason I don't take videos while I travel is because I get overwhelmed thinking about the space it might take.I should really learn how to take videos and use very little space. Haha.
I think it's because I think like a photographer, but instead of snapping a photo, I take a moving picture of 5-10 seconds.
So it doesn't really add up to that much with such short segments.
One way to break down a lifetime would be to think of it as two portions-- the part where the person became better, and the part where he coasted.
In a normal person's life, the getting better part would include everything from his first breath of air, as he learned how to see and feel and breathe, through school as he learned different things, and probably through the beginning part of his job as he developed a baseline proficiency in his trade. The coasting part would be most of his career, as he put his educational investment to work, and, of course, retirement.
There are a lot of ways to get better. You can learn new things. You can travel and see the world, thus gaining new perspective. You can build your personality. You can create a body of meaningful work. You can become more healthy and more fit. You can actively cultivate relationships with people.
For about a year now, I've been very punctual. Before making a concerted effort to be on time to everything, I was like any other average person-- sometimes on time, often a few minutes late, occasionally very late. When I identify something I'm bad at, especially something with a prescription that requires little more than willpower, I get very excited about it. That isn't to say that there are so few of these things that they're hard to find, just that introspection can be difficult, making identifying personal weaknesses tricky.
My initial impetus to become punctual was partly that it was an easily correctable deficiency, and partly that it seemed like a trait of a champion. Would most people I admire show up on time to things? Yes, they would.
As I thought more about it, especially during the early phases where being on time was a bit of a challenge, I realized that punctuality is more than just being on time. It's an extension of your honesty.
It is very important to me to never lie. I'm not perfect, of course, but because this is such an important thing to me, I do a good job of it most of the time. When I thought about it, though, if I say that I'm going to be somewhere at ten thirty, and I show up at ten thirty-four, that's a lie. It's a small lie, but it's a lie nonetheless. Even small lies have an effect, both on others and myself.