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Jason LeFrense February 1st, 2011 03:01 PM

Music video in low light shot with 7D
Hey Guys, I just finished shooting a video with 80% of it in almost no light. I am coming from shooting the EX3 and I have to say the 7D really out performs the EX in low light. This is a video we shot 2 weeks ago. Any comments or suggestions on how to improve the color during out door shoots at night would greatly be appreciated. All of the street lights are a bright bright orange and I can't seem to get the color balance right even in manual.

2- 7D
50mm 1.4
16-35L 2.8
Cinevate Atlas 30
Monfrotto Monopod
Monfrotto Tripod
Glidecam Camcrane 200
Glidecam 4000HD

Chris Westerstrom February 1st, 2011 03:57 PM

awesome work

Jason LeFrense February 1st, 2011 04:44 PM

Thanks Chris. I have to give a lot of credit to these cameras. They allowed us to shoot in conditions that we wouldn't even think of shooting in before. I pretty much left my bag of lenses zipped up and shot it with the 50mm 1.4mm We actually thought most of the shots were too sharp and softened them in post.

Jonny Norquist February 4th, 2011 05:32 AM

this is really well done, what kind of color grading did you do in post?

Jason LeFrense February 4th, 2011 07:38 PM

Hey Thanks, I really need to work on coloring actually specially night shots. But for the majority of the color I crushed the blacks a little and added a little blue to the lows and mids. Not much to be honest lol. I softened up some shots because they were a little too crisp specially for the tight shots.

Tyge Floyd March 14th, 2011 09:51 PM

Re: Music video in low light shot with 7D
Wow, very impressive work there on the shots and the edit.

I'm just getting interested in having a DSLR rig for my work. Thanks for the insight on what they can do.

Simon Denny March 15th, 2011 02:54 AM

Re: Music video in low light shot with 7D
I really liked that.

What picture profile did you use on the 7D?


Luc De Wandel March 16th, 2011 05:16 PM

Re: Music video in low light shot with 7D
Impressive, and beautiful photography. Good music, too! The orange light is monochrome vapour light, any camera will struggle with this. I'm getting a 7D tomorrow as B-cam next to my 5D mkII. Especially after seeing this, I can't wait to put it to work. Congrats!

Jason LeFrense March 20th, 2011 04:59 PM

Re: Music video in low light shot with 7D
Thanks for watching guys, I really struggled with getting the best quality video under the street lights. I used the 85mm 1.2 to make sure I got the best image possible hitting the camera. As for settings I really didn't change too much on the camera. I dropped the sharpness back 1 notch and the same for Contrast,Saturation. Other then that everything else was done in post using FCP Color.

Doug Bailey March 28th, 2011 02:17 PM

Re: Music video in low light shot with 7D
Hi Jason,
Beautiful work and encourages me to use my 7D in low light for music groups. Great storyline and positive message. Overall the work is so good I didn't even notice streetlights. Thanks for sharing the gear you used. that's very helpful. You could use this for an ad campaign to stay off X. Please go out and sell it.

What did you use for audio? It's really good too.

Regards & happy shooting,

Jason LeFrense March 29th, 2011 09:47 AM

Re: Music video in low light shot with 7D
Thanks a lot Doug for watching. Like I have said in earlier posts I use to use the EX3 and Z7 cameras so shooting in dark dark areas made me cringe. But honestly these cams with a good prime and you are set to go. I forgot to mention I used the 85mm 1.2 for the outdoor night shots. But the entire video was shot with 50mm 1.4 and 17-35mm 2.8. The sound was recorded at a recording studio not far from here. So the day of the shoot we just played it through a PA system with a click track so we could sync it. You will notice some shots being slowed down, we had the band play the song at double the speed and slowed it down in FCP. You know you have amazing artists when they play the song at twice the speed and still stay in time. lol

David Chapman March 29th, 2011 05:57 PM

Re: Music video in low light shot with 7D
Haha man that's awesome. Great work! Definitely shows the artist makes it look good, not the tool.

Jason LeFrense March 30th, 2011 05:02 PM

Re: Music video in low light shot with 7D
Thanks Buddy, in Cape Breton Buddy means Pal . LOL

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