“Down Town” – First shoot on Canon 5Dmkii

Well I finally got it... er, well, my employer got it.... but we're attached at the hip.. MY hip. The Canon 5D. Pretty much the first DSLR to change the term to "HD-DSLR" by some crowds. For those who aren't familiar, it's a full frame still photography camera that shoots video. 1080p HD video as a matter of fact. This camera has started a blooming trend amongst film makers who are on a budget but still long for the amazing quality and depth of field offered by higher end cameras.

There's part of me that feels a little behind the curve when it comes to shooting with this technology though. Considering it's been around for over a year or so, and the more I research about it and watch tutorials and read blogs, the more I've realized that there's a LOT of people who've already migrated to this technology. I'm actually even afraid that the next model (the 5Dmkiii) might be released as soon as next month at the Canon Expo, which I only found out there was such a thing a few days ago. But oh well. We had to make the purchase for the church before the end of August for budgetary reasons, so it is what it is.

First impressions:

1  - The images are incredible! I've watched a lot of films shot with this camera and knew that the picture and depth of field was stunning before I got it. But it's different when you've shot it yourself and can look at the results on a large screen and see it face to face. I've never been able to use a piece of equipment that makes such gorgeous pictures.

2 - I have no clue what I'm doing! I've never considered myself a photographer and have only tried on occasion to act like one. But every time all I do is turn knobs and twist dials until something looks good. Then I push the shutter and the result doesn't look at all like what I set. So I try again. Video world is just different. The end result is meant to look the same, but the terms and workflows you use are night and day. So I've got a lot of learning to do.

3  - The 5D seems to be less purposed for being a video camera than the 7D(which I rented a few months ago). I think it's safe the say the 5D simply has the feature to record your Liveview, whereas the 7D has an actual "video mode" switch. On the 5, you have to go into the menu and setup the video recording function. And when it comes to image setup, on the 7 it's what you see is what you get. On the 5, you can put it in full manual mode and make exposure/shutter/ISO adjustments, but when you hit record it does an auto light adjust and changes to what it thinks looks good. It's been kind of frustrating. Chances are this is just something I haven't figured out how to fix, but I haven't gotten to watch through Phillip Bloom's beginner tutorial set yet. These are just my thoughts out of the box.

I'll continue to post more thoughts as I shoot more. I'm taking vacation next week and will be doing plenty of experimenting I'm sure.

Let me know what you think of the film(more specifically the images). It's comprised of the footage straight off the camera, no color correcting or anything. I just rented a basic Canon 24-105 f4 IS lens as all I had at the office was a 75-300 zoom lens that would fit it. As Phillip Bloom is arguably the worldwide leader of the HD-DSLR movement, my style mimics his for the time being(in fact I've been writing this blog in my head with a british accent simply because he's all I've been reading/watching for the past 4 weeks). I'm sure I'll be more creative in time, but I've got to learn the ropes first.


Just Like You – A Father’s Day Tribute

We put this together for Father's Day 2010. It was my first shoot on a Canon 7D, so there were/are still many things I need to learn. For instance the flickering in brightness particularly in the last segment. Guess that's just a downside to using SLR lenses. Hopefully be able to purchase one of these soon and shoot more stuff like this. Special thanks to Chad & Abby Carney, Monte & Miller Manguno and John & Katie Longworth.


I felt like painting one day. So I turned on the camera and went at it. We also used it during our DNOW 2010 weekend... conveniently themed "Deviate":)

Echo Intro 2009

This is the intro video that started the actual services for our Echo Revival.It's a triple-wide video which means it was stretched across three screens. I also had 3 screens below these (totalling 6), but they were significantly smaller and only used for backdrop. The primary content is seen in this video.

It was pretty much all done in After Effects. Used Trapcode's Form to create the LED effect.

*note: the climax is noticeable about 25 seconds in. It continues on after that but just for the sake of having something on the screen.