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Old February 3rd, 2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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shooting black & white

Hi

Haven't tried this before but I want to shoot an atmospheric big-sky landscape in black and white in film effect using a Canon xl1s


Should I shoot with the camera set at 16:9 or configure it to 16:9 when I edit it?

Should I adjust ( increase ) the sharpness as a custom preset on the camera
as well as using a higher f stop ( light may not be good )

Any suggestions for filter/s to increase contrast

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Old February 3rd, 2008, 11:43 AM   #2
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I would say never shoot in black and white. retain all info and desaturate in post.

It depends what look you want as to sharpness. If you want a film look you want less sharpness not more.

I shoot in 16:9, but some people say not to because you lose 20% (for example) or pixel info BUT BUT BUT if you shoot in 4:3 and crop it to 16:9 in post you still lose (crop) 20%. So Easier to just shoot in 16:9.

I like to slightly overexpose clouds as it gives a nice deep contrast when correcting gamma/curves/brightness etc. NEVER shoot anything too dark under any circumstances.
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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Every time I have shot in 16x9 mode with my XL1s the images always look soft, ever so slightly out of focus. It is really annoying when I want tack sharp images. Maybe it is me, but I have stopped shooting in 16x9.

Has anyone had similar experiences with focus?
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Old February 4th, 2008, 11:33 AM   #4
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Hi, Here's a link to a couple of my vids shot on xl1s, two music videos, DARK ENTRIES in 4:3 and FOUND in 16:9, FOUND sharpness fully off or full softness in 16:9 which, yes, does slightly soften the image also but you can see the image isn't too soft, somtimes I add blur to close ups to get even softer images.

The short film SERENDIPITY was NOT shot on xl1s, it was old crappy vhs or something. Ignore that one.

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...deoID=18086589
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Old February 6th, 2008, 03:29 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice guys, think I'll shoot as normal and have a play when editing,
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