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Camera House : Better Pictures 6
With a massive 16.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor, an EXPEED 2 processor, a 39-point AF system with 100% viewfinder coverage and Full (1080p) HD movie recording, the D7000 is a great choice for the pro shooter that wants an all-in-one solution for their photo and video. Looking for something a little more slim-lined? Consider the WX30, a compact camera from Sony that has plenty of bells and whistles including 16.2 megapixels, an Exmor R CMOS Sensor, a large 3 inch touch screen for easy control, a 5x optical zoom and full HD recording. This awesome tough camera from Nikon offers GPS support, an electronic compass, 16 megapixel resolution and the ability to shoot full 1920x1080p HD movies. Shockproof to 1.5m, waterproof to 10m and able to withstand temperatures to -10 degrees this camera will go anywhere and shoot anything! making movie magic NikoN D7000 SoNY CYber-Shot WX30 NikoN CooLPiX AW100 their progress through the industry.” Having entered the industry when shooting on film was the norm, de Vries has seen enormous changes in cinematography over the years, “Digital has changed so much of what I do. The production values that I learned shooting on 16 and 35mm put me in good shape for shooting on any digital format today. I always strive to be at the front of the curve or at least as far from the blunt end of technology as possible, to be relevant in a very competitive industry. Everyone is doing this work now!” With even compact cameras offering HD recording these days, de Vries offers the following advice to the novice shooter wanting to make the most of their new device. “Forget about the format, forget about the number of pixels, forget about the buttons, forget about Auto everything. Learn to shoot video with full manual control,” says de Vries. “Learn to tell a story with your camera. To tell your story successfully, you should also be in a position to get the best image and sound that your camcorder can deliver. To some degree, corrections of exposure or white balance can be partially fixed later during the edit, but throw in unimaginative angles, bad composition and poor sequence coverage and it is not going to work.” He believes most people can pick up the skills required to be a good cameraman. “You need to see past the wide shots,” explains Pieter. “Explore the way light falls, observe everything and look for shots, even as you walk around. We are observers and the best shots may be at the end of a 300mm lens.” Of course any good cinematographer will tell you that forewarned is forearmed. So do your research before a shoot and if shooting on the fly, have an arsenal of camera angles... “Forget about the Format, Forget about the number oF pixels, Forget about the buttons, Forget about auto everything. learn to shoot video with Full manual control” ■. u Feature Shoot to thriLL 13 012_Bpics6_cinema_v2.indd 13 29/08/11 3:19 PM
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