Thursday, 30 January 2014

Shooting in darkness : Instructions

Shooting in darkness 

To be able to shoot well in the darkness we will need an illuminator or a spot light with a dimmer switch. For the film to be shot well we will have to have a dark - dim setting anyway and will need to be able to use a camera that has the capability to capture dark shoots

Here are 6 instructions I have found 

Film inside whenever possible. It is easier to control interior lighting conditions and you won't have to change your recording style.

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Use exterior lighting. Amateur videographers might use car headlights, a large flashlight or even a streetlight, whereas professionals use their own more complex lighting.
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Use a night vision feature. Many new digital cameras offer a night vision feature that uses a light amplification technique to produce a green, grainy picture.

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Avoid low light areas. While a seasoned videographer can make these shots, they require a skilled and steady hand.

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Buy a camcorder with a low lux rating. The lux rating is a measure of how sensitive the camcorder's eye is to light. A camcorder with a low lux rating needs less light to function effectively.

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Use video editing software. Many digital camcorders are bundled with software that makes video editing simple. These programs offer tools to help steady, brighten and otherwise clarify your night shots.

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Filming in Darkness : Moodboard

Slow motion issues

Compensate for Slow-Motion Side Effects

The downside to shooting in slow mo is that you always end up with more footage than you need. Six seconds of shooting produces one minute of video at 300fps, two minutes at 600fps. Some cameras let you trim your clip right there on the spot , as it frees up wasted memory. 

Another issue about shooting in slow-motion is that to be able to get a camera that can shoot with a high frame rate can be quite expensive in some cases hard to get your hands on. If the camera that you are shooting with is not of  a high enough quality you will end up with blurred photos and will then stubble to get good quality when ' time-streching' or ' cranking '. 

One more problem with slow mo is sound, as in there is none. That's the reason you often hear music playing over clips. It's not necessary to add music, but if there is no sound it may be something  will need to do. This will also then draw an issue to conversation. If conversation is filmed in slow motion it comes out really deep and then sounds bad and ruins the tone. 

The final issue with using slow mo is gonna be filming using smooth movements and not have people looking jumpy , if the speed of movement is different through out this could effect the later viewing of the scene.

Shooting Slow Motion ( part 2 )

 Time Stretching 

The second type of slow motion is achieved during post production. This process is known as time - stretching or digital slow motion.  
    This type of slow motion is achieved by adding new frames in between frames that have actually been photographed not filmed. The effect is similar to overcranking as the actual motion is the same just happens over a longer time over a longer time.


Shooting in Slow motion ( part 1 )

  Slow Motion  

Slow Motion filming is an effect in film making that is done by making time seem as if it has been slowed down.  'slowmo'. 

Normally this style is achieved when each film frame is captured at a rate much faster than it will be played back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving slower. This then has a major effect on the way that the film is viewed and the reaction that people have when viewing the film.

How Slow Motion Works 

There are a few ways in which slow motion ' slow mo ' can be achieved in modern cinematography. Both of these involve a camera and a projector. A projector refers to a classical film projector in a movie theater, but the same simple rules apply to a television screen and any other device that displays a number of images at a constant frame rate.


One of the techniques that is regularly used is called over cranking and this is done by leaving a time gap in between each frame which make the film seen slower and therefor gives the effect of slow motion.