July 18, 2016 at 9:18AM

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Capturing woods footage (Sony A7S ii wSony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens)

A few questions:

1) my daughter was taking photos of a model and some came out looking like we photoshopped her into the scene. She was more out of focus then the trees behind her. I am not sure of her settings used, but any idea what caused that so we don't do it again? We were in half light and half shade, was that the problem? Here is a link to the pic:

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb122/MariaMorrowind/Photo%20sessions...

2) We tried capturing some footage of them running through the woods. Some came out good and some was very choppy. I realized the part where the path was straight came out much better then the parts where there were curves, is this the lens I used or the camera or just hard to get good footage running? We are going to try it walking next time to see if that helps, but I heard of "rolling shutter" and wondered if this is what they mean by it. Think of it as a half circle and the middle section does not get filmed at all. It skips it and records the end part again, very choppy in some places.

Part b) same question, what should my next lens be? It will probably be a month before I can get a new one. I need one that can handle woods as my first one is a low budget werewolf one set 70% in the woods or just outside the woods…

I really love this camera! Next time we go we are going to try using the Sony HDR-cx440 one too to see what kind of footage it can capture.

Our drone (dpi phantom 3 4k) got some good footage but then the wind picked up and crashed it so we decided not to risk any more. So have like 10 seconds of footage :p

So excited to finally get the equipment and learn to master it! thanks for your help!

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You wrote: "1) my daughter was taking photos of a model and some came out looking like we photoshopped her into the scene. She was more out of focus then the trees behind her. I am not sure of her settings used, but any idea what caused that so we don't do it again? "

You focused on the trees instead of the model.

It seems to me you would want to wait on buying a second lens and instead invest some time and money on learning the basics of photography/video.

I recommend www.creativelive.com

July 18, 2016 at 2:48PM, Edited July 18, 2:53PM

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Cary Knoop
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1. You are out of focus... that would be why it looks photoshopped. Turn the lens on Manual focus and focus in on the subject and allow the background to fall out of focus

2. Your lens should not matter on the choppyness, you are most likely experiencing the media card not being able to keep up with your recording speed, make sure you have a class 10 SD card or higher. Also you should be shooting on 1/48 shutter speed, lower can cause choppyness

2b. I would reccomend a cheap prime lens... the 50mm F1.8 E-Mount is a decent lens for the price at around 180 new, or since you have a sony camera I would go for the SLR magic 50mm F1.1 E-Mount

July 18, 2016 at 2:52PM, Edited July 18, 2:52PM

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1)It would be that your aperture is too wide which is allowing only a small part of the image to be in focus.

I would suggest using a higher f-stop.

2) As for choppiness it really depends on your magnification at the time you used your camera to film the running. If it was at 24mm its going to be a lot less jerky/choppy than at 70mm as since the image is zoomed in the camera movement is even more noticeable.

3) If you really want to do a lot of action stuff. You may consider taking a cue from parkour or skateboarders and go with a fish eye lens as that is going reduce the amount of magnification as most fish eye lenses are less than 16mm and less prone to movement.

But the best way would be to buy a gimbal or some sort of rig to make your movement more steady as you film.

January 20, 2017 at 2:01AM, Edited January 20, 2:01AM

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Kyle Dockum
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