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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:32 pm 
Overall they are great video workshops just that one thing I'd like to suggest.

Gordon Laing from a video workshop said not wrote:
Here I will show you everything you need to know.


I suggest Gordon have a "practical" (as in hands on) 'field trip' for something, e.g. the "blurring action for speed" workshop.

Go to a car race and get someone to film Gordon while he is taking a shot of the racing cars. Also show beforehand the settings he tuned his camera to.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:09 pm 
I love tha idea, although I think it will be hard considering the circumstances and things.

If it is possible though, I think this will improve videos alot, because the viewers will able to see the tips being put into practice.

Mike.

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I would like to do this, but it would greatly add to the cost and time taken to produce each one. Plus in the case of the race cars, there's no course near to where I'm now based. I took those photos at Brands Hatch when I lived in England.

But that said, I do hope to do some 'on-location' ones in the future!


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I also think that's a good idea. In the case of the panning-video, you wouldn't even need to go to a circuit. Any car would do, on any road, I think. Especially with the beautiful NZ landscapes in the background.

Gordon: some time ago I looked up Queenstown on Google.maps, and I saw something that looks like a circuit (up the hill at the end of Brecon Street). I guess it's not a circuit, but I was just wondering.

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Hi Bjorn, was there a cable car nearby? That could have been the luge track at the Skyline Gondola!


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Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi Bjorn, was there a cable car nearby? That could have been the luge track at the Skyline Gondola!


Ahh...I have good memories of that!


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Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi Bjorn, was there a cable car nearby? That could have been the luge track at the Skyline Gondola!


The resolution of google's maps is not great, so I can't find a cable car. There is a straight line of grass going through the trees though, so I guess it's a luge track I saw. Could also be great for some photo's, especially if you pan your camera.

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It is the luge! I've been there and looked long enough at it on Goggel-earth :wink:
b.t.w. Björn: You have to change your signature :idea:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:27 am 
Hi
I am just wondering if you might consider making a video using manual mode and how to get the correct exposure? I am getting some great results, but have difficulty getting it right when I cannot find a mid-tone grey (or grassy area, or greyish pathway) to metre off.
I have used the palm of my hand and then opened up by one stop is very difficult situations and it sort of works.
Is there anything else that I should be doing?

Thanks for any help.
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Thomas wrote:
It is the luge! I've been there and looked long enough at it on Goggel-earth :wink:
b.t.w. Björn: You have to change your signature :idea:


I changed my signature yesterday, but thanks for the reminder anyway.
BTW: My name is without dots on the o. Many people do that though...

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Hi Nikkirose, welcome to the Cameralabs forums! - we have a seperate thread for workshop suggestions, but I'll answer your question here!

I do intend to do more on manual mode beyond the most recent night photography workshop, but remember you don't need to use manual to get the desired result in most situations. Try using Program mode which is automatic, and simply using exposure compensation to make the image darker or brighter as required.

We have workshops on using exposure compensation at www.dslrtips.com.

If you want to also control, say, depth of field, use Aperture Priority, and again exposure compensation to lighten or darken the result as required.

Many people assume professionals use manual or that it is a rite of passage they need to master, but really it's not necessary for most situations.

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