The sixth 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 robotic cameras, audio tips&tricks, ND filters, gaffers and street photography.
Ok, this thing is pretty awesome! KIRA is a camera robot from Motorized Precision with fluid yet super-fast movements, capable of producing such camera movements no live person can conduct. Will these types of machines be the demise of DOPs and camera operators in the future? The footage you can achieve with robo-cams is so smooth it even looks fake 🙂 Price? Estimated at $200K
5 tricks to get better audio
You know I always emphasize how audio is more important than video. This video from Cinecom will teach you how to capture better audio and create more dynamics in your videos.
Say Goodbye To Step Up Rings
ND filters are a great piece of any videographer’s kit. When shooting video your shutter speed is going to be locked depending on your frame rate. The norm is to double four fps, so for example, if you shoot at 25 fps, you should set your shutter to 1/50. But this can be a problem when shooting outside, because you’ll be letting in too much light on the camera sensor, resulting in blown highlights and non-usable footage. But if you screw an ND filter on your lens you can reduce the exposure. Trouble is, mounting ND filters can be a pain in the ass, especially if you have different thread sizes on your lenses and you have to fiddle with step-up rings. After two years of research & development and 10 rounds of prototypes, the Alter team has announced the launch of its first product on Kickstarter, the Rapid Filter System.
No Gaffer on Set?
Gaffers do one of the most important jobs on film/video sets. They help define the look and feel of everything you watch. They basically come up with a plan to light every scene in your project. Check out this cool video and see the difference in the end product with and without a gaffer.
Street photographer: Alan Schaller
One of the most emotional yet underrated styles of photography is street photography. This epic video from SmugMug gives us the opportunity to pick a brain from London-based Alan Schaller – one of the most prolific artists in this genre. He explains what motivates his photography and gives us his thoughts regarding how to limit himself in such chaotic places.