I had the idea recently about starting a vlog...well, not really a vlog...more like short videos of what I'm learning along the way. I shoot a wide variety of different things and I'm always learning something new. New techniques, new ideas, working with new clients, and my favorite part...new gear! On some projects, I shoot by myself and other times I get the opportunity to work along side of a small crew of great friends. I learn so many different things, acquire new skills, and come away with a fresh perspective on filmmaking no matter what I'm shooting.
Every story is different and that makes every shoot different. Working solo on a project forces me to learn all aspects of filmmaking. Producing, writing, directing, cinematography, audio, lighting, sound design, and editing are all the key things that you need to be comfortable with when you're a crew of one. I'm not saying that I've mastered all of these. I haven't; but, that's almost the entire reason that I want to begin this journey of documenting the things I'm learning and improving on because it will allow me to become much better. I believe that sharing my experiences and the things that I discover will allow me to enjoy my work a bit more. I think its really more of a creative outlet for me to produce some things that I want to make for myself.
I love being behind the camera, and not so much in front of it. I don't plan on posting a lot of things with my face in the shot the whole time. That's why this won't really be a "vlog", but really more of a journey through my perspective. You'll see.
So...here goes, internet!
Since my last post things have been a bit crazy with jobs, life, and just trying to get a hold on this whole blogging thing. There has been a lot that's happened and hopefully I'll have a minute to get everyone up to speed on new details soon, but until then I wanted to leave you with a little something. Here's a quick video I made of my family over 4th of July. I hope you enjoy!
This is a simple test that I did while capturing my son playing with bubbles.
Camera: Sony A7s
Lens: 1972 Minolta Rokkor 50mm prime
Picture Profile: cine2, Sgamu
Frame Rate: 60p @ 1920x1080
Edited and graded in Adobe Premiere CC
Recently, we had a little bit of snow and I decided to take my A7s for a test drive in 120 fps. This is not a new camera on the market by any means and other tests have been done in the last year that make my test old news. However, I was curious about how it would perform at 120 fps, given the fact that the A7s will do two things automatically when shooting at this frame rate. First, you'll get bumped down to 720p. Not the end of the world for many but unusable to several others. However, 720p at 120fps on the Sony A7s is in fact very old news and probably what most would come to expect. What I didn't realize is that it would automatically go into APS-C mode. I was shooting this on my Rokinon 14mm cine lens and was wondering why it looked more like 24mm. I checked to see if I was in APS-C mode and in fact, I was. The only issue was not being about to get back into full frame mode without shooting at a lower frame rate.
None of these auto settings while shooting at 120fps really bother me that much at all. I knew from the beginning that I would be in 720p, so I had already accepted that. I guess what I didn't know is that I would also be shooing in APS-C. Just something that I had not seen or heard about before this test and I thought it was worth mentioning. It may or may not work the same on the A7s ii. I haven't shot on it yet.
This was all shot in the S-log2 profile using the same 14mm Rokinon cine lens on all shots in APS-C mode. I believe that I was anywhere between f5 and f.3.8. This is also all lit from a single outdoor floodlight on our back deck. You can view my results in this video of my graded footage below.