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Old August 24th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #1
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How to shoot interviews?

Hi all. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this question or not, but I'll ask and see where it gets me. I am a novice shooter with a VX2100 and I need to film a couple of interviews in an office setting. When I just point and shoot with the camera, I get this "realness" quality to my images. I don't really want that for interview footage. So how do I soften the image? Is this something I can do while filming or is it something done in post?

Also, do I need to rent a light kit? If so, what do you recommend?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old August 25th, 2007, 04:21 AM   #2
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But maybe you must play with white balance, choose a color card which is with softer color than white.
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Old August 25th, 2007, 08:23 AM   #3
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much of the 'softness' you want to achieve will come from proper lighting more than how you have the 2100 set. Especially since the settings available to you are somewhat limited. HOWEVER, it can be done at shooting and perhaps a bit of help in post production. First let me offer this. DO NOT TRY TO SET YOUR LOOK VIA THE LCD ON THE CAMERA. I know it's bad ettiquite to use caps like that but I want to drive home the point. The LCD is NOT the place to judge color or exposure. Use a properly calibrated production monitor or at the very least a small TV that is set to the proper contrast and birghtness. You will see a hugh difference between the camera LCD and the production montior or even a decent TV. You will accomplish more with how you light the subject and of course how you set the camera-IE exposure, iris and shutter speed than you will in post but good post work might help you out.
I agree you can use a warm card or even a cool card to fool the WB of the camera which might help you get the look you want. You might even use one of the ND filter to help with getting the right exposure to shorten the DoF, don't forget moving the camera in closer or out farther can help with that as well.
I think for you in this case it's a matter of either 'playing' to get the look you want OR shoot it straight and try to "fix it in post" (ugh, I HATE that).

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Old August 26th, 2007, 03:15 PM   #4
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Maybe you should increase your DOF so your subject is distinct from the backround. It makes a soft backround for your subject.
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Old August 26th, 2007, 04:55 PM   #5
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A Schneider 1/2 black frost filter might help tone down the detail in the subject. http://www.schneideroptics.com/ecomm...D=428&IID=2331
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