I have been working on some video projects for an upcoming article and really enjoyed exploring the capabilities of DSLR video. I worked with Chris the other day in an urban part of town. We have done a lot of shoots together and practically know what the other person is thinking when it comes to poses and concepts. The difference this time was shooting video along with stills on the same shoot. Take a look at the HD video.
I used my 45mm tilt shift lens for a number of the soft focus clips. And I used the Redrock Micro Captain Stubling for hand held video and follow focus with my lens. Using the Stubling really opened up camera angles for us. I found shooting video very easy on the D3s, and was amazed at the quality. 720p HD video at 24fps has a great cinematic quality to it and worked perfect for this shoot. For lighting on the video we used Litepanel Micro Pro lights.
For lighting on the stills we used Elinchrom Quadras. I am using these lights more and more… light, convenient and powerful. I really like being able to use the same accessories as with our larger Rangers.
We have been using some new post processing technique in CS5 I learned from Matt Kloskowski. Matt is a great guy and gladly shares his wealth of knowledge about CS5 and Lightroom. If you haven’t checked out the videos at Kelby Training (www.kelbytraining.com) on his techniques and much more, you should take a look. We also had a chance to do a couple training videos for Kelby Training, stay tuned for these episodes soon!
Tech: Nikon D3s for video (variety of lenses), D3 for stills; 24-70mm lens, 1/250 at F11, ISO 200. Elinchrom Quadra packs with A heads for lighting, one light shot through a gridded (rotagrid) 27″ square Rotalux softbox, the other shot with a standard reflector attached. Skyports triggered the lights wirelessly from the camera. Video: Capt. Stubling rig from Redrock Micro used for handheld shots, Litepanel Micro Pro lights used for video.