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Old March 4th, 2009, 02:27 AM   #1
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Restored Model Feature

So I figured it's time I got around to sharing something that I've had the privilege of shooting with my EX1. Unfortunately my Brevis hasn't been "fully operational" until last week - so this video is just straight EX1. I had fun with it though, nothing special but I enjoyed making it.

I shot it in 720/24P (720 so I could boost up the frame rate to 60FPS for a couple of shots), edited in Final Cut Pro 6 with no color correction - however I may repost it or add another link with a color corrected version.

So without further ado: Restored Model Feature

*I'd like to add if the quality seems a little off, it may be because I exported it for Vimeo upload specs, which I believe are slightly different than Exposure Room... but I'm not sure.

Comments/Criticisms welcome...
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Old March 4th, 2009, 06:38 AM   #2
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Please accept this as constructive feedback.

You have to stay off the long end of the lens while handheld. If you are going to to handheld work, you need to stay wide and get close. For zoom shots, use the sticks or find a steady support for the camera. A steady cam would have also worked for a lot of those.

The shot of the male model walking the foot path had him on the right of the frame looking to the right. That's kind of a compositional no-no.

If you were documenting a 'photo shoot' in progress, where was the still photographer? He or she should have been included in some of the shots.

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Old March 4th, 2009, 01:35 PM   #3
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Thanks Greg, that's good to know. So if I'm zoomed in the camera's more sensitive to picking up movement? I guess I kind of like a pseudo-Paul Greengrass style of shooting, but I failed at it. I appreciate the input. I'd like to invest in a steady cam soon, unfortunately money's too tight right now... the tripod should suffice though.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 07:53 PM   #4
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I like it, for the most part the shakey cam effect seemed like it was on purpose and was effective. I did see a few spots were it was a bit too much, when you were walking backwards down the sidewalk and revealing the three models one by one for example.

It got the point across though. Nice one.
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Old March 5th, 2009, 10:15 AM   #5
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Over all I think it's pretty good. I liked the style of shooting, the location, the composition (I didn't mind the guy framed on the wrong side - no looking room).

The only think that kind of bothered me is that this was supposed to be a video featuring the clothing. Everything seemed kind of back lit, so the clothing didn't pop very much. Also, the angle the camera was held in proportion to the talent was too high in my opinion. If you would have shot from a lower angle, that would have made the clothing more prominent, and the talents faces less prominent. I don't mind some smiling face shots once in a while, but I think the clothing could have been more prominent.

Other wise, GREAT! :)

EDIT: I also liked the slowmo shot of them shot from the back while they are walking down a path. The slowmo took quite a bit of the shake out of the shots. Have you ever tried to use SmoothCam in FCP? It works really well. (will help you "get by" while your saving for Steady Cam)
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