Thursday, 24 October 2013

Yr2 Week 2 (Thurs 17 Oct - Producing and Directing workshop)

In today's workshop, David showed us this year's main course camera, the Canon 7D (the company often praised for its lens quality & variety, a feature I can attest to with my last year experiences with the Canon 550D). Naturally, as with most non-industry cameras, the slight drawback lay in that these cameras were designed more for stills than video (more on that tomorrow) the video being a dump of the image on the preview screen.

What followed was an intesely tchnical walthrough the main features of the camera and its features. While I won't say it's overwhelming or overcomplicated, without hands on contact, it was a little bit difficult to fully grasp everything (more on that later). However here are the essential points raised:
  • Shooting to be done in 1080 HD/25 FPS, since that is the PAL video standard (NTSC is 720)
  • Unlike other cameras we've used, this one use a compact flash card as opposed to the smaller ones more commonly used, and these are a little more expensive and have less sorage than their smaller counterparts. The ideal one to use is Extreme or Extreme Pro.
  • Never pack the lens in an area of direct sunlight or dust, as this can damage it (the former can do real harm to the sensors).
  • The F Stops signal your exposure levels, dictated by the Aperture (how open the lens is).
  • Shutter speeds affect the number of frames captured (25 is standard, 50 is for slow motion and 12 is for fast motion). The ideal setting for this camera is 0:1/3 stop.
  • The ISO is the sensitivity to the light in the shooting area. The ideal for the 7D is 0:1/3 stop.
  • Depth of field is how much of the image is in focus (background, midground and foreground), and can be measured in thirds (1/3 for the front and 2/3 for behind).
Afterwards, in went off in groups of four and had a go with the 7D, shooting a handful of little scenarios on a sheet given to us by David (often dealing with pulling focus, tracking, the different exposure levels and how that creates certain effects). To put it mildly, I found the 7D cumbersome, especially compared to its predecessor, and the lack of a hands on during the main tutorial really hurt our ability to work with, as we ate up a lot time trying to get all the features set up correctly (the white balancing in particular, being far simpler and more effective on the 550D), and the menus I found unhelpful and a little cryptic, since many features shard qualities and roles, so it become a little irritating (again, a hands on try would've smoothed over a lot of the 'bumps' here).

And, returning to show what we had, that concludes this workshop for the day. I really don't have much of a conclusion, since I already expressed my sentiments on the camera and how the workshop went, and I have to say, this has been one of the least enjoyable session so far, and a few small tweaks would've really gone a long way. If you ask me, I'll be sticking to my Pentax or a classmate's 550D over this.

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