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Old June 2nd, 2004, 12:20 PM   #1
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First wedding since I switched from the DVX100

I just shot my first wedding since I switched from a DVX100 to a PD-170. I couldn't have made a better choice, considering this genre. It produces some beautiful pictures. Attached is a few grabs from that footage (note some have post p. filtering applied):

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Old June 2nd, 2004, 01:23 PM   #2
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Nice stills Glen. Do you use the custom presets? If so what are your settings just curious?
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Old June 2nd, 2004, 01:27 PM   #3
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Nice shots, and you've chosen well - the 170 is a mighty fine wedding cam simply because it uses big chips, has a long telephoto and is great at wide apertures in the gloom. In my view the DVX's max telephoto of 45mm is no match for Sony's 72mm for picking off the faces.

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Old June 2nd, 2004, 02:15 PM   #4
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I always have the custom preset active but usually only to tweak the white balance. I prefer to shoot the flattest most neutral image as possible and tweak it in post. However regarding most of the filters I used- I sometimes use color curves (via Vegas) to ad a bit of contrast to the image, I also use the color correction tool to help boost the saturation a hair. Vignetting is done with either a mask created in photoshop or via the media generator (color gradient- oval). I'm also a fan of the glow filter if it's used sparingly.

I most definitly feel the PD-170 is "THE" camera to shoot wedding videography. Not only because of it's zoom. The layout of the buttons are quite logical and you can lock the audio levels so you can raise both the right and left equally. I was never a fan of the DVX's little recessed dials. Also the zoom and focus rings have a much tighter feel. I like resistance while operating focus and zoom- granted it's focus/zoom by wire as where the DVX has true manual control. I've found I can do a slow zoom (crawl) with the PD-170, which is close to impossible with the DVX100. But likewise you can't do snap zooms on the Sony like you can the DVX. Then again I don't use snap zooms for weddings- it's all about what sort of shooting your doing. Weddings- PD-170>DVX......Controled Environements-DVX>PD-170 (imo)
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Old June 2nd, 2004, 02:48 PM   #5
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Hey Glen, which I presume you are a guy, how do you get the bride to let you in the dressing room when she is getting ready? Do you have any tricks? Seems like many brides/family wouldn't let male photographer or videographer in there while they are getting ready for obvious reason.
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Old June 2nd, 2004, 03:38 PM   #6
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Just ask them to get the shots of her lacing the dress, etc., ahead of time. The bride or bridesmaid(s) will call you in when she's ready. To me these are some of the most key shots in pre-ceremony coverage.
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Old June 2nd, 2004, 04:41 PM   #7
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Nice work. I like your style.
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