July 25, 2015
Everyone says that Hitchcock or Scorsese would be able to make a great film with a cheap camera, and I totally believe they would. But it doesn’t happen. My theory is that the people who don’t prioritise equipment & technical things end up being successful enough that they shoot on high end gear just because they can. It’s definitely not the equipment itself that makes them great / successful. So that kind of thinking has lead me to hold on to my rusty old T3i and see what happens.
THIS WEEK’S DSLR GUIDE:
– Using the same camera allows me to focus on the important things. I don’t have to grapple with a complex RAW or LOG workflow, file sizes are nice and small, as is the camera itself. It doesn’t hold me back because I know if it get’s destroyed or lost, it won’t cost too much.
– It also teaches me to push myself – learn better lighting, can’t rely on low light performance. I think this’ll help a lot, because often we see a detailed image as good despite the issues with cinematography. The best way to judge visuals is to watch it on 360p on YouTube. If it still look’s pretty good, then they’ve done well with lighting, grading, composition, set design etc.
– And finally, using a ‘cheap’ camera reminds me not to put my value in the equipment i’m using. I’m free from deciding which camera to buy next (we’ll never be satisfied with our current camera) and have a strong symbol of prioritising creativity over technicality & equipment.
CHEAP CAMERA INSPIRATION:
Kendy Ty is a genius. The amount of atmosphere in these shots – the colour, the locations, the framing. I believe most of this was shot with the T2i.
This film is extremely powerful. I highly recommend you watch it. I believe it was shot with a Canon 60D.
I thought I’d throw this in there – just a reminder of how easy it is to forget about cameras and cinematography when your watching something decent. All of Julian’s earlier videos were shot with the Canon 7D I believe.
Feeling more inspired than I have in a long long time. Big things on the horizon — Simon Cade (@DSLRguidance) July 21, 2015
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.