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Lens Curator s04e03


The third edition of Lens Curator’s fourth season brings you 5 new excerpts from the world of photography and videography. This month we take a look at waveform VS histogram, b-roll solo shooting, USB 4.0, audio recording and 5 camera tricks.

Waveforms are better than histograms

One of the things that photographers envy about videography is a tool called waveform. It’s photo cousin, histogram, can only show whether there are blown highlights or crushed blacks in a photo. What it can’t do is to show HOW MUCH is one clip over/under exposed and WHERE in the frame those clipped areas are located. The waveform can do both. Chris Nichols from DPReview says: “The technology’s there, it’s very easy to do. There are no challenges other than getting over the mindset of trying to keep video and photo tools separate for some crazy reason.”

solo b-roll

It’s perfectly fine to be a one-Man-Band as a videographer. That way you can learn and execute every aspect of production, and have that knowledge when you grow up into a director and have to tell others what to do. But some tasks are easier to perform than others. B-roll is not one of them. And you need it if you want to give your work a more professional quality. Shooting b-roll solo is daunting but doable. Matti Haapoja did an excellent video about this topic.

USB 4.0 is Coming

And by the looks of it, it will be faster than Thunderbolt 3! Current USB 3.2 was unveiled only a few years ago with its peak data transfer speed of 20Gpbs. USB 4.0 should have that number pushed all the way to 40Gpbs. Additionally, it should have multi-connector functionality which will make it the industry standard. Time will tell, but it makes us pretty happy.

Record audio with a b(r)oom?

If you want to record decent audio on the field, you’re gonna need a good shotgun mic and a boom pole which will bring that mic closer to the subject. Good boom poles can cost an arm and a leg, but luckily there are cheap hacks you can execute and get the shot you need. Indy Mogul compares a $600 K-Tek professional boom pole with a $10 broom handle. Can it do the job?

5 sleek Camera Movements

Guys from made a cool and funny video in which they showcase 5 nifty camera tricks you can try in your next project. The best thing about them – they don’t require a ton of expensive gear. Just your extremities and maybe a tripod if you have one.