Veteran cinematographers and DOPs have long understood that lenses have a personality with a specific look and feel. In the same way that an actor imparts his or her interpretation on a film’s story, the DOP selects a lens that best supports the program’s emotional stakes. The ideal camera lens is one that contributes its own unique character and flare (literally) in order to produce the most compelling viewer experience possible.
Electronic camera manufacturers have spent – by some measures – something like the last twenty years trying to make digital cameras that shoot pictures that look like real movies. Now, they’re making cameras with larger and larger sensors, the better to simulate the sort of cameras that shot some of the greatest mid-twentieth-century movies, in the days of 70mm and VistaVision.
If there is a departure point from science to art in video production, it’s the control and quality of light. Creative manipulation of light can generate stunning images from an iPhone, while poor lighting can cripple even the most expensive, state-of-the art cinema camera.
Brightline has announced that Black News Channel, which launched on Feb. 10 and is the USA’s only African American news network, features a news set lit with Brightline L1.2 and L1.4 SeriesONE LED soft light fixtures.
With the advent of tiny battery-operated LED lighting, an extraordinary collection of creative lighting tools have been miniaturized and can now be carried in a small shoulder bag by videographers. Here’s a look at how to use such a kit for small video crews.
The world’s oldest surviving motion picture, often called Roundhay Garden Scene, does not include any camera movement. It’d be tricky to imagine anything approaching a move, since the scene, which was shot in 1888 by Louis Aime Augustin Le Prince on a camera of his own invention, is just a hair over two seconds in length. Better known early movies include the 1895 work of Auguste and Louis Lumière, whose fifty-second short L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat (“The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station”) famously had people ducking for cover as the train rolls into the station.