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Sony NX5 digital cam (2 replies and 5 comments)

Vanniyan
5 days ago
Vanniyan 5 days ago

Roger and forum senior members i used sony nx5 camera for some wedding events without tripod. I did handheld for panning and zoom in and zoom out. But the production man's telling panning is not smoothly and zoom in and out also shaking. Here i am asking it's only comes from much experience. How much you peoples believe any man can handled smoothly for these kind 0f situations.its including sun gun in front 0f the top camera. I am feeling very bad myself and disgusting that people's words  can anybody advice it would be very great. 

Mike
5 days ago
Mike 5 days ago

If someone paid you to video a wedding and they have complained that they are not happy with it then you will have to remedy the situation. You were the cameraman after all and the “buck stops with ‘you’. The only way to learn is to make mistakes, we have all made mistakes but you must re-group and rectify it quickly.

Rule number one.  Always use a tripod for panning. Rule number two.  Never zoom in/out. Try to get in closer. Only use the Zoom sparingly or the script calls for it. You don’t really need the zoom for a wedding. If it’s not done right, then bad zooming will only degrade the wedding video. You cannot reset and do it again so always practice your camera moves way before the date. Research the venue and plan your routes so when the wedding starts you know how to get out of the way of the guests. As far as they are concerned, you are a nuisance but a necessary evil. So bear that In mind and treat them with respect and they will cooperate with you to get the best shots. 

The more complaints you get, the more wiser you will get.

Btw. I have never made a wedding video. Some years ago I was invited to a celebrity wedding. They had a 4 camera set up to video the wedding. They had all the gear. The bride ask me to get involved as she thought the cameramen were putting no effort in it. I borrowed one of their JVC HD camera’s and a lavaliar mic and set about following the guests and recording their remarks about the event. Most people hate camera’s at the best of times so there was a natural reluctance to be photographed. I honed in on a number gatherings and began running the camera and recording comments. 

Because I went in close to people they then thought I was no threat and began talking freely to the “camera”. It seems photographing people from a relative distance is more a threat than being close up. Assume it’s because a wide shot is more threatening than a CU one as the camera’s sees head, shoulders and feet whereas a CU is head and shoulders only. When the lens is close to your face you become intimate with the camera and more importantly the cameraman. Maybe it was my aftershave!.

Dont  worry about complaints, it’s what makes you wise and wisdom can be a powerful weapon.

 

Vanniyan
5 days ago

Thanks for your encouragement. Here contract people's asking simply smooth panning and tilt down and up. Zooming. I was thinking whole time what made me got worse. I found may be essential tremor drove me for camera shaking when shot hand-held.

David M
5 days ago
David M 5 days ago

Don’t be disgusted. Just learn from your mistakes and do better next time.  If you’re going to be filming things for clients for a living, get ready for them to have issues with what you’ve done even when you’ve done a great job.  It’s par for the course. 

Vanniyan
5 days ago

Thank you David.

Mike
4 days ago

Try giving your camera a bit more weight or get one of those cheap stabilisers rigs that should calm down the shakes. A glass of champagne also works great!

Vanniyan
4 days ago

Can you tell about cheapest stabilizer rig for these kind of small cameras.Do you believe essential tremor is more common for cinematographers on set. I can't detect myself normally. Once it occupied when i get camera on my hands.

Mike
4 days ago

Today’s video camera’s are very light in weight and do suffer from shake. It’s more noticeable if you use zoom so it’s best to keep it wide. There are hundreds of stabilisers to choose from, some work well and some don’t. Shoulder mounted camera’s suffer little shake but hand held camera’s will shake somewhat so it’s best to
Hold the camera close to your chest for better stability. Today’s young cameramen seem to like some camera shake and you see it in many TV drama’s but it’s awlful imo. I like a solid steady camera unless there is an explosion, then the camera can shake a little. Try wearing ‘wool’ gloves that will adsorb any minor shake and dontgrip the camera too tight, your stress will transmit into the camera. I suggest you screw a heavy weight under the camera, or buy a cheap stabiliser from China. India also makes some good stabilisers that do work so have a look at those first.
You could buy a shoulder mount rig for your camera or make one if you want to save money.

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