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Old March 14th, 2021, 06:14 AM   #1
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Hallo this morning i got a Sony A7r2 from my friend who is a photographer to replace my Nikon D7100 tomorrow. I'm a Nikon guy stepping for the first time on th Sony Alpha World. I'm tryng to achieve the most information as possible in these hours from the youtube videos. As i'm tryng to understand the different setting i wanted to ask your help for suggestions about an interior interviews that i'll shoot tomorrow at 6pm with 2 Led lights and softbox. I just dicovered the S log 2 Gamma settings on many profiles out there. My question Is if this Log brings the ISO at 2000 shouldn't i go with a different setting to avoid Noise in the shot?
I'll film on a tripod and i'll set manual focus wiht the high peaking (red lines). Is there a way to get accurate focus like digital zooming to see if the eyes of the talent are exactly in focus?
If you have more advices to give me please write for me!
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Old March 14th, 2021, 09:41 AM   #2
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You sound like you're getting way too deep. I would simplify as much as possible. I would not use log for an interview, shoot in normal mode. Next learn, understand and practice the basics. Do you know how to set white balance, exposure, and focus? Do you know how to monitor these? Do you know how long the battery lasts and the recording time limits? Most importantly do you know how the camera handles audio?
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Old March 14th, 2021, 02:24 PM   #3
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Hallo Pete, yes i had practice today understanding the Exposure in manual settings. I found out even the zoom magnification for manual focusing and set the focus peaking with the red lines. So you would go with neutral profile?
Thank you for taking time to help me
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Old March 14th, 2021, 08:55 PM   #4
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Hallo Pete, yes i had practice today understanding the Exposure in manual settings. I found out even the zoom magnification for manual focusing and set the focus peaking with the red lines. So you would go with neutral profile?
Thank you for taking time to help me
You're welcome hope all goes well. I once borrowed mirrorless for a job and went through the same thing. I've found if its properly exposed and in focus you're 90% home free. Simple tasks with these cameras can be trick compared to a camcorder that clearly labeled buttons for the primary functions.
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Old March 23rd, 2021, 04:39 PM   #5
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Hola Pete,
thank you for your advices. I went with No Picture Profile options so i could easily match with my other Bcam. My next step is try to learn how to set the zebras for the correct exposure in this kind of interview. Any good advices to expose correctly the talking head of the talent?
Thank you for taking time to help me out
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Old March 23rd, 2021, 07:51 PM   #6
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The traditional way is to set zebras to 70% which is Caucasian skin. I like to set zebras to 80 when I start to see them appear on the face I know its over exposed. Another traditional method is hold up a chart with with the basic tones or a gray card. If its under controlled lighting once the exposure is properly set, you can leave it.
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Old April 4th, 2021, 04:44 PM   #7
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Happy Easter!
I have another question for. You:
What's your suggestion about the kind Of File Format should I record in HD 1920x1080 25p?
I'll have to match with my Nikon D7100 mov Files.
My PC handles well both Avchd and mpg4. What would. You suggest to me?
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