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Old March 30th, 2005, 12:36 AM   #1
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gl2 short film settings and dof

i recently got a gl2 and i'm about to start on a short film so i just wanted to ask you vets what the best settings are on the gl2 to get the best looking picture in a film sort of way. also how do i reduce the dof of the gl2 so the background blurry while the foreground is sharp? i'm sorry if these posts have been done to death but i dont really see any right now and maybe there are some some fresh ideas since the last time this question was posed.



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Old March 30th, 2005, 12:59 AM   #2
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It's such a common subject that we have an entire section of the forum devoted to it, and to kindred topics. I've moved your post here for better topical exposure.
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Old March 30th, 2005, 02:09 AM   #3
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thanks a lot, sorry for posting in the wrong place
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No apology needed. We have quite a growing inventory of sections with -creative- names. It can be hard to determine where to park.
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Depth of field is one of the biggest problems with video for those who want it to look like film (like myself).

The closer to telephoto you are with the zoom, the shallower the depth of field.

The closer you are to your subject, the shallower the depth of field.

The higher the f-stop (highest is 1.6), the shallower the depth of field.

I've gotten the best results with zoom. I was able to get the depth of field down to about 4-inches at full zoom. But when are you really going to be that far away from your subject?

Best solution: use the custom preset to take the gain, sharpness, and setup (aka black) level down significantly lower (adjust as you please).

Then light the scene well (at least 3-point lighting: key, fill, and back). Buy 200-300watt replacements for anything you want to shoot under "normal" conditions indoors. Get as far away from your subject and zoom in. Use a tripod.

It's your best bet with the GL2. It doesn't get a whole lot easier even with more expensive cameras.
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