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Old October 12th, 2003, 11:37 AM   #1
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Softer film look

I want to get a "softer film look" while shooting some scenes. I'm shooting mostly in auto but for this look could I just lower the shutter speed from 60 to 30? Is that how it would be done?

Also, is 60 the best shutter speed to use for "norma" filming? I noticed it goes up to 100 which doesn't seem to get a clearer picture. The picture looks like it gets a little darker so I have to up the exposure. Can someone help me with a bit of infor on shutter speed...

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Old October 12th, 2003, 12:27 PM   #2
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Everyone has their own ideas on this, but here's what I do. First, I only shoot in manual mode because that lets me have the exposure control I want. When in doubt, err towards underexposing because once you burn in the highlights you can't correct it in post. Use the zebra patterns as a guide when shooting.

I also use a custom preset with the sharpness either at the minimum or one click above. Generally I turn the color level down anywhere from one click to the minimum, depending on what I'm trying to accomplish.

I almost always shoot at 1/60. 1/30 will give you a more "filmic" motion but you will sacrifice resolution in doing so. Do a search on "deinterlacing" here and you'll find extensive discussion. If I want that "film motion" effect then I do it in post using a little program call DVfilm Maker. This will give you a similar look to shooting at 1/30 sec but will preserve your resolution.

But it's really up to you. I think you should just experiment and see what you like. There are also a number of things you can do in post. In Final Cut Pro I make heavy use of the 3-way color corrector and also several of Joe's Filters. I especially like the diffuser which comes in this set.
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Old October 12th, 2003, 01:53 PM   #3
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I have joe's filters. Which one works best for the film look? What are some of the settings that you have found useful?
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Old October 12th, 2003, 03:01 PM   #4
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A very nice softening filter to consider is the Zeiss Softar 1 or 2. You can buy them through Heliopan or B+W. They are very expensive so perhaps take your cam down to a shop that carries these and try them. I have these 2 in the 52mm thread size for my still cam. For my video cam (43mm size) I have a few Cokin softening filters which I also like. My favourites are Cokin's Sunsoft, 81A and 81B.
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