Here's a glimpse of the epic trip of Japan with Tynan and friends.
Thanks for sharing, looks like a lot of fun. Didnt know Tynan was that good at rapping
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.
Tynan's rapping is really cool, and the whole trip looks just awesome.
How long did you travel?
I posted that I was going to be on the radio last minute, so here's the audio for those of you who didn't have the chance to listen in.
But first, a big thank you to everyone there, especially Jordan Harbinger and Josh. I had a great time being on the show. You can check out their sites at: