HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENS FOR FILMMAKING

Hey what’s up guys its Jae hyung joong  MJ MJ MJ and today we’re doing some lens  tests after receiving a few messages  asking to do some videos on lenses I  thought prospective would be a very  interesting topic the focal length you  choose has a big impact on the  composition and Luke of your shot the  way it appears in relation to one  another it depends on the lens you use  my subject is just a few feet from the  camera and you can tell how far it is  from the background  the funny part of this is that we can  mess around in perspective wide lenses  make everything look miles away for the  long lens compress the space behind the  subject and it looks like he’s very  close to the background when in reality .

It’s not it just because the lens is  bringing the background close to the  subject let’s test some lenses and see  what happens this is with a sixth in the  lens which is almost a fisheye look it’s  the lens I use for my video tutorials  check what happens to the background  it’s a very wide lens and the subject  looks almost a card so and with the big  head in the small body and all the  background looks miles away  now with the 35mm the scale looks more  real because these focal length is close  to what we see with uni and it can have  a good perception where things are in  relation to one another they’re very  common lens is the 50mm everyone has a  50mm lens in their kit it looks like  this then comparing with these image  shot with a 135 lens notice how close  the background seems to the subject it’s  very hard to get a feel for the  distances now in actual fact they are  probably about 100 meters away from each  other the long lens just compress the  space and seems like the background is  getting closer to our subject as you  could see on the examples all these  lenses give you different looks while  keeping the same frame hope this can  give you a nice idea how you can use  lenses and mess around with perspective  to get a better shot just go out and do  some tests yourself if you enjoyed the  video feel free to share it don’t forget  to subscribe and check the links on the  description as already says I’ll be back  in two weeks take it easy guys have a  nice one by.

Filmmaking – Do you have what it takes

If it’s your dream if it’s your desire  and it’s a very strong desire go for it you think you’ve done something really  good and then you see the end product  and you think if I done this or I’d have  done that or if only I’d have asked that  question the result might have been  different  [Music]  it’s always the money side that’s what  makes you doubt it like it’s difficult  to find regular work and then even if  you find regular work it’s not often  very well-paid  so we prioritize TV stuff over short  film right yeah and he’s got a TV keep  this weekend so we’re sorry but he won’t  be available I could do a job where I  get paid the same thing every month.

I  probably wouldn’t get anything new I  would learn something new I wouldn’t  meet new people every day whereas in  this job I cat  is this just about money why are you  wanting a great product but you know but  the end of the day both fucked that off  I could be more bossing I should have  got into this 40 years ago so I took it  all on myself I ended up with a  splitting headache the next day I was  back there who are ready to start again  we’re now in the sensible route of  getting a proper you know profession and  yeah something was always missing it’s  an addiction to me and if I spend the  rest of my life doing it and don’t make  a success of it well at least.

I can say  I died try 10 minutes on a good day  filmmaking is the source of so much joy  and purpose in my life but just as often  it’s got me pulling my hair out dreading  what’s next  then regretting whatever I did last week  EEP trying and we keep failing but we  keep learning and somehow we keep going  you  what you just watched is a new thing I’m  trying thanks to the first anchor Film  Festival who sponsored this video and  made that whole project happen basically  they asked me to let you know about  their short film festival that has a  cash prize of 1000 pounds so if you’d  like to use that as an extra incentive  to go out and have this crazy experience  that is making a short film then the  deadline is the 10th of December and  I’ll put the rest of the details in a  link in the description but either way  I’ll see you next week when we get into  the making of this whole project.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Camera for Filmmaking

Samsung Galaxy s8 for filmmaking and it  do the job let’s find out Music is this a tool that can actually work  for you depending whether you’re doing  narrative documentary or even vlogging I  personally like it for wide shots in  b-roll I like it on a gimbal but I’m not  as much of a fan and a narrative Talking  to see a lot of the skin tone  you’re going to see a lot more details  and the rendering of those skin tones is  not going to be as good with the tiny  little lens that’s built into it  there are attachment lenses but those  are just like magnifying glasses on top  of the lens which can give you an effect  like a fisheye for skateboarding videos  of that sort of thing.

Which works great  but it’s not a real cinematic solution  for narrative or even documentary in my  opinion now actually shooting the s8 has  a thing about pro mode is you can  control white balance ISO shutter speed  manual focus or auto and each one of  those settings you can choose to leave  it at auto so it’s kind of nice you can  set it to auto or dial in an exact value  that you want as far as the camera  resolution the forward-facing camera can  do 4k  options internally it’s 64 gigabyte  which is quite a bit but you are  shooting in 4k.

I’m suggesting 2k it  still fills up I haven’t actually had to fill out yet but you do have an option  for a microSD card and you can do up to  256 gig now you’re going to want to make  sure you get 95 megabit per second or  faster there’s specific specs on the  cards that you should get you spend a  little more money on cards that are  capable of I think  this is a great phone for vlogging for  two reasons one the rear facing camera  does up to 2k resolution and two the  sound quality if you listen this is  almost like as if I’m Mike but it’s not  that’s all from the phone itself no  additional mic so I thought I’d do a  little experiment and I threw this  Galaxy s8 onto a gimbal and well take a  look  [Music]  [Music]  overall I think it’s a solid filmmaking  solution especially for a smartphone but  what do you think you own an s8 have you  seen other users footage please post  links or your comments down below I’d  love to hear what you think and I’d love  to see your videos and if you like  filmmaking videos be sure to subscribe  and thank you so much for watching.

Introduction to Filmmaking for Beginners

This is the basics of filmmaking when  making a film is tempting to rush into  shooting without a script without  organizing anything so when it’s time to  start filming everything’s a bit of a  mess and time is wasted picking up the  pieces if we had spent some time  carefully planning every aspect of the  film especially the creative side then  when it comes to production everything  happens a lot more smoothly and quickly  although something’s still bound to go  wrong and that’s what makes it  interesting.

So let’s go back to the beginning when  you come out with a concept it’s  tempting to try and include all of your  ideas for cool scenes shots and themes  but if you include every idea you have  it’s likely there won’t be anything that  makes much sense in the end  things are more clear when you pick one  or two major ideas and let those  influence the kind of shots you use the  way you get your act is to perform and  every other creative decision in this case it’s a film where everyone is trying to con each other no one can be trusted so we’re going to pick and choose the filmmaking techniques based on the mood that we want to build what kind of characters would be part of this film.

Where would they live how are they going to change as the film goes on we’re looking for things that help communicate the major themes that the  film tackles and we can save the rest of  ideas for other projects how you present  these ideas is up to you whether you go  for something grounded in reality and  conventional or if you mix things up and  go something more abstract by the way  you probably won’t shoot the film in the  order is going to be watched for  logistical reasons so when we move into editing we’re reconstructing our ideas  from a big pool of footage this usually  takes longer than filming and it’s all  about the order in the length of the  shots when do we reveal that important  piece of information to the audience how long do we let the audience stay with the character.

Before jumping into the  next scene for every scene we have to  decide whether to use lots of short fast  shots or slow things down and use longer  shots without cutting just like in every  stage of filmmaking we don’t have to  follow our original plans if we’ve had  some new ideas so a good editor can  rearrange the shots to completely change  the way an audience experiences the film  we might change the order of the scenes  but  while it might have seemed fine in the  script that plot twist that happens in  the second half of the film was actually  more predictable than we thought it  would be and while it could be adding  new things that weren’t originally  planned in the script.

The editor usually  spends most of their time taking things  away in order to change the mood and let  the audience fill in the blanks but of  course the people watching a film won’t  notice the editing or the camerawork or  which equipment you used for them it’s  all about their characters how the story  made them feel on the surface it might  seem to be a film about love but we can  add layers of meaning through subtle  performance metaphors and symbolism  someone who looks at it in a different  way might see that actually tackles  other themes and finally no matter how  good your film is it’s not going to get  out into the world without some form of  marketing and distribution whether this  is taking around to lots of film  festivals or just spending some time  working on the thumbnail for YouTube so  that has the best chance of being  watched  your film will not distribute itself and  then it’s a case of clearing the slate  now armed with more experience from  working on the last project and ready to  see what you can do with the next one.

How I became a wedding photographer

Someone asked me recently how I came to be a wedding photographer. I though I’d it into a blog post because it was a round-about, interesting way that I came to The Best Job in the World.

In my twenties I dabbled in every Arts degree I could get my hands on. First drama, then teaching, then politics before finally settling on law. I was always creative, always loved photography, but I believed I needed to have a “safe” job. My parents had raised me to always aim high and that I could be a leader. To make them proud, I was going to seek “a Profession”

I graduated with my law degree from UWA in 2002. The ceremony was about month before my wedding day. After a stressful process of interviews I was offered Articles. My family were thrilled, my husband to be was proud. I was going to be a lawyer and “help people.” I could see my life mapped ahead of me and I was supposed to feel motivated and driven. In truth I felt nothing but dread.

I fell pregnant with my son, which put a halt to my career temporarily. The time I spent over the next year was a time of reevaluation and dreaming. I suddenly didn’t want to be behind a desk away from my baby 60 hours a week. I had a cute little subject I could practice my photography skills on. And I had been exposed via my own wedding to a world of professionals who make a living doing something creative and wonderful at such a beautiful time in someone’s life. I started to dream …

I got a loan and bought the best camera gear I could at the time. It was the Canon 10D DSLR. I had a nifty fifty, the fabulous 50mm 1.8. I had a baby of my own, too young to protest about me practicing photographing him all hours of the day in every kind of light.

I started taking the camera everywhere and photographing everything I could. I tackled every kind of lighting situation. Birds, letterboxes, kids, random people in the city, my family. My poor husband who thought he had married a lawyer but suddenly found himself married to someone who wasn’t so sure what they wanted to do with their life and was living, eating, talking about photography, f-stops, albums, lenses all day long.

I attended a course by Dale Neill, a brilliant photo educator, who talked about the business of wedding photography. It wasn’t all fun and games, he stressed, you’re running a business and you need to be a professional.

I was growing confident in my technical skills but how could I know if someone would like my “eye,” my vision, my interpretation. Plus, on how earth do you put yourself out there to get experience?

There was a lot to learn. Yet I had this belief, deep inside me, that I was doing the right thing. I felt strongly that I needed to pursue this. It was a feeling that is hard to explain. I guess it just felt right. It was a calm and quiet feeling that even though my parents and husband might be alarmed by my sudden change of career, it would all work out all right in the end.

I registered a business name. I scraped together every cent I could and borrowed from my parents to buy amazing lenses. I wanted them fast, I knew I couldn’t compromise. I bought a domain. I knew a little about web design and built myself a (shocking) HTML site. Then I began the process of trying to find people willing for me to practice on their wedding day. (PLEASE NOTE: The worst thing you can say to your wedding photographer is “my friend wants some experience can they shoot over your shoulder on our wedding day?” In my case I did not intrude on other professionals as they carried out their job, I worked jobs where no professional was hired)

Importantly, I was 100% honest about my experience. I put the word out amongst friends that I was new, had very little clue how to shoot a wedding BUT I knew my camera inside out and I was prepared to give it all I had.

There were some funny stories along the way. On a family picnic I remember posing my very embarrassed husband  with a friend of mine in a practice Engagement Shoot. Imagine how weird that would feel, cosying up with your friend’s husband in a romantic photo shoot so his wife could practice! But they did it to support me.

I shot weddings for free, for friends of friends who couldn’t afford to hire a professional. Some jobs were great, some were hard. I worked each of them for free on the proviso I could use the images in my portfolio. I was already aware that I did not want to undercut my future colleagues in the industry. I like to think I was as professional as possible while still trying to get as much experience as I could.

I found the Digital Wedding Forum online. It was an incredible resource of wedding photographers from around the world who shared priceless advice and information about the business. It truly helped me build on what I was learning 300%. If anyone is serious about being a professional wedding or portrait photographer I can’t recommend it enough.

Over time I was able to build a portfolio I was proud of. From there I was able to find suppliers (a great pro lab and an album company). I was ready for business.

My big break came when my Dad paid for a stand at a bridal fair. I went along with my albums and my pricing sheets and a big smile. Again, I was honest about being new. I booked 12 wedding from that weekend. I was underway and I was so excited. Every time someone emailed me I would call my husband at work. It was such a thrill.

Sometimes I would get home from a wedding and blog straight away so they could see their photos before they left their reception. I stopped doing that before long so I could get my life back. But at the time it was a wonderful way to generate fabulous goodwill and get me talked about.

I would update the blog with everything and anything. Photos of my kids, my garden, my cup of tea. It needed loads of new posts to try and generate interest and traffic.

After I had filled half a season I put my prices up. The worst thing you can do as a newbie in this industry is undercut your competition. There is value and art in what we do, you need to sell it as such. Put your prices up where they belong. It is an expensive business to be in. To call yourself a professional you need insurance, expensive pro camera gear, back up equipment. You will be working when everyone else is relaxing. You will never see a weekend off in summer again. People will expect you to answer your phone at 9am but be prepared to see them after work at 7pm. It is hard, hard work.

But it is brilliant, and I truly couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
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