Archive for January, 2011

DSLR Tests: Canon 60D

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

There is a plethora of DSLR tutorial videos, forums, and blogs out there for anyone to soak up. I found it soon became overwhelming to try to absorb all of this information too quickly without testing it out on the field.

I decided to make my own set of tests to help me become more familiar with my camera and the control I have over the images. Only lens used is a Canon 17-55mm IS f2.8.

The first set of tests simply goes through the Aperture range to see how well the 60D handles exposure.

The second set of tests does the same thing but goes through the Shutter range to see how that option affects the image.

The third set of tests compares how different frame rates effect the image.

The final set of tests compares how different shutter speeds and aperture settings effect the image.

This particular test does a great job of showing how aperture effects your depth of field.

Not only did this one session get me more familiar with my camera and the controls, but I feel more confident in shooting with it. DSLRs will continue to grow in popularity as the prices go down and image quality goes up.

I hope these videos can help you. But I encourage you to go out there and just shoot, shoot, shoot! Experiment and put in the hours practicing before you line yourself up for jobs, so you’re not fumbling around with the dials and buttons on set and you can focus on the story you are capturing. Happy shooting!

Clayton – SF Street Musician

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Today I brought out my new toy: Canon 60D. My cousin Ricky, aspiring photographer, came along so I could help him explore shooting HDSLR video with his Canon 5D Mark II. It was a great day to walk the streets of downtown San Francisco and grab a variety of shots while going through the multitude of settings available on our cameras.

But the best part of the day was looking for some undiscovered talent to pull off an impromptu 2-camera shoot. And we found what we were looking for as the escalator slowly took us up from the Powell BART platform to the exit: a small crowd, a strong, raspy voice and a hard-strummed guitar filling the air of the busy train station.

We were quick to setup our cameras. And here’s the result:

This guy was DOPE. And the two strings didn’t even occur to me until I got my close-up shots! Who needs six?!

For our first time shooting HDSLR video together, I think it worked out pretty well. We were both stoked for the footage we captured; we downloaded, transcoded, edited, and graded the footage the moment we got back home.

I was very impressed by the performance of the 60D. Loved, loved, LOVED that articulating LCD screen. Brought me back to my Canon GL1 days! And as far as matching footage with the 5D, I think it did an accurate job.

Looking forward to creating more shorts like these, finding new talent and capturing interesting stories to get some hours on the new gear!

Video Specs:
Shot on the Canon 60D w/ 17-55mm 2.8 IS and 5DMK2 w/ 24-70mm 2.8 L @ 1080p, 24fps, 1/200, f2.8, ISO 1600. Graded in FCP.