Challenge

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Flame1
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I wanted to set myself a challenge at a family event.

The challenge was to go as fully manual as possible on a sony HC3 (dont ask why!:) )

Anyone who knows this camera will know its a lightweight toy with exposure set on the inside of the lcd touchscreen, and focus on a tiny thumbwheel. No weight for steady handheld shooting!

Here is the result. I think its worked to a degree, but I admit it was a nightmare as I was filming as a live event, with little time to make adjustments.

Also, I wanted straight forward filming, editing, with no fancy transitions.... effects!

Any comments appreciated.

Cheers.
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kaandaro
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It looked like a lot of fun to me!!

Works well, i only watched till minute 2 as the buffering started acting up for some reason, but i liked the close ups of everyone

fuddam
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what you really mean is that you can't sit still at a social event when there's the possibility of wielding a camera, eh?

;)

Flame1
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what you really mean is that you can't sit still at a social event when there's the possibility of wielding a camera, eh?

:o

How you know that:D

kaandaro
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That is so true!

I videod my sons 1st birthday on Saturday, couldnt help meself

Just gotta find the right music and effects now.....................

Mike Pulcinella
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A+! Really nice work, John! What a great looking family. (The vowel at the end of my last name makes be biased, of course!) You have so many great faces to work with, from young to old. That footage could easily be used for one of those heartwarming family commercials. I can hear the voice-over now (imagine MY voice) "When you come to Wong's Chinese Restaurant...it's like coming home."

Favorite moments: The young people all texting and making phone calls!
The waitess counting heads witha worried look on her face.
The young girl peeking up over the edge of the table. (Reminded me of my niece!)

Your hand held, "wobbly" technique is very good! I wish I could be as smooth. Any tips for shooting in that style?

Flame1
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Hi Mike,

Thx for the comments, much appreciated. It was all just a bit of fun;)

Kind Regards.

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Runaround Who
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Looks fun Flame - well done as usual!

www.electrafilms.co.uk Watching life and filming the best bits ...

Mike Pulcinella
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Flame1 wrote:
Hi Mike,

Thx for the comments, much appreciated. It was all just a bit of fun;)

Kind Regards.

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You must have missed my last question. Do you have any tips for smooth shooting in the handheld style that you do? I really like the way you do that and I'm often not satisfied with my own footage shot that way.

Flame1
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Hi Mike,

Sorry to miss that:cool:

I don't really know how to answer this. I just imagine I film as everyone else, but I am always aware of my own movements and how I can best hold the camera still, before hitting record.

I tend to keep my arms close to my body, and use various objects as a support, i.e, walls etc.

There is shaky footage, but I do not include,or try not to include this in the final edit.

I think I also concentrate on my breathing, to help keep shots steady, either that, or the stabilization on these little cameras are extremely good.

Not sure how well I have answered this as I cannot say which of these really helps!:confused:

Cheers,

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Mike Pulcinella
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Flame1 wrote:
Hi Mike,

Sorry to miss that:cool:

I don't really know how to answer this. I just imagine I film as everyone else, but I am always aware of my own movements and how I can best hold the camera still, before hitting record.

I tend to keep my arms close to my body, and use various objects as a support, i.e, walls etc.

There is shaky footage, but I do not include,or try not to include this in the final edit.

I think I also concentrate on my breathing, to help keep shots steady, either that, or the stabilization on these little cameras are extremely good.

Not sure how well I have answered this as I cannot say which of these really helps!:confused:

Cheers,

Flame.

You didn't help AT ALL!!! Ha ha ha! I do all of those things...just not as well as you do. Practice makes perfect I suppose. Practice practice practice...that's the answer for everything.

I do agree that part of the secret is in the editing. Shoot shoot shoot and don't let them see when you suck!

David L Lewis
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For a bit of fun I thought it was excellent. Good pace, good variety of shots nice choice of music though I would have liked to hear what people are saying. We can see what people look like from photographs but they wont remind us how the youngsters sounded before their voices broke.

all that said i doubt if i could do much better on my hc7

David L Lewis

Hello I'm in Mensa, Is there anything you would like me to explain to you?

Flame1
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Hi David,

Thx for your comments. I agree totally about sound. There is a snippet at he beginning, although very low. There are many places where there is sound, its 20min long.:)

I prefer sound, BUT....I used a new rode mic, and manually adjusted the sound, and either I went in the red without noticing, or this machine clips earlier than that. Not sure, will have to experiment, but needless to say it was clipping all the way through.:(

Thank you.

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Flame1
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Mike, sorry not to help:( I have been told I look like a crab when I am walking around with the camera:D

Not sure if that helps, or if you can visualise it:eek:

Cheers

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Mike Pulcinella
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Flame1 wrote:
Mike, sorry not to help:( I have been told I look like a crab when I am walking around with the camera:D

Not sure if that helps, or if you can visualise it:eek:

Cheers

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Now THAT is a good piece of advice!! I can visualize that! I'll try it...if my back holds out.

Bob Aldis
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I walk like that when my back HAS give out :)

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