April 18, 2020 at 5:08PM

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The Technical Primitive Philosophy of How To Film On Old Video Cameras

This will be a joke to many filmmakers who have expensive gear and maybe even a joke to smartphone users. Back then most people did not have advanced ISOs. Many filmmakers had to use a lot of work around for getting film-like quality on these old video cameras. Now could this be useful to this day? I think it can be, but most people may disagree and digress. Anyway, I'll share the research I have found with you how to do it, and I'll admit it is very stressful to work around with which may have caused many people to upgrade.

Okay, so this is what you do. You notice how you see sunlight outside? Notice how it looks on you? Well you need to replicate that look with the use of lights or lighting situations which emulate that. Along with playing with shadows. Another thing is that you may need to angle the camera and adjust the settings to fit around with the lighting situation given that it is like daylight (this is through the use of settings like aperture to give a half stop of light decrease or increase). Another thing is that you may need to rely on special ND filters that decrease the filtration on one half and leave it alone on the other. People have used split diopters during the age of film to deal with the lighting situations to be able to have a lower t/stop or f/stop. In terms of a shallow dynamic range, you would have to angle the camera to where the lighting exposure values would easily match up and not be too wildly different within the limited dynamic range which is to prevent "washed-out" images or videos. Another thing is that you have to look past the on-screen display for exposure and its white balance settings, relying instead on what it looks afterwards and working with that. The last thing you have to do is work with the limited color space of the camera which means less to do with patterns.

Well then, now that you all know this, that is a lot to deal with. I have to admit this may be the reason why the A7 mk III is very popular with professionals now because of this reason since most people want less to do with fiddling around with equipment.

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I forgot to mention that people used to put special nd filtration on window panes when making films to deal with the limited dynamic range.

April 18, 2020 at 5:11PM

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Zachary Goodwin
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Another thing too is that to deal with rolling shutter, movements are best suited on a tripod, dolly, and crane.

April 20, 2020 at 11:11AM

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Zachary Goodwin
Aspiring Filmmaker
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Previously, for photography it was necessary to have at hand a large arsenal. One lighting and lenses that only cost

April 27, 2020 at 9:59AM

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