Shooting in Low Light

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Jun 212013

Just a quick post here.  I’ve been getting a lot of questions noise in low light and I thought I would post up a link to a video I recently found from Fenchel & Janisch on YouTube.

Here is another person (whom I have no formal contact with) discussing the same basic points of dropping your camera’s contrast control, finding a low enough aperture and getting close to a decent shutter speed to get better results.

Watch, learn, enjoy!

Nov 072012
Nikon D5200 Cameras

I’ve noticed Nikon announced the Nikon D5200 and from one video on Youtube, it looks like it supports (amongst other things) manual mode for movies.

Personally, I can only hope they also update the D5100 firmware to do so as well.

What do you think of the new D5200?

If you already have a D5100, would you upgrade to a D5200 for Manual Mode or would you rather upgrade to a more significant camera? Comment below!

D5100 Firmware Hack Opens Video Recording Length

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Apr 022012

There’s a new firmware hack out there that removes the enforced time limit on how long you can record video on your Nikon D5100 and D3100 cameras. The time limit is now limited by the physical file size of 4 GB as opposed to a generic max of 20 minutes. I’ve tested with a 640×480 and recorded about an hour before my battery died without an real recourse.

My 1920×1080@24 fps high quality records about 24 minutes before shutting down.

If you want to follow along, check out the details in this forum.

This is the first practical step in the monumental task of coming up with a Nikon equivalent to the Magic Lantern firmware Canon users have had access to for a while now.

I Love it!


iOS 5.1 Update and 1080p Videos

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Mar 122012

Hey folks, just wanted to post a quick update… my last post in figuring out how to get 1080p video onto the iPad so you can edit it in iMovie for the iPad has become somewhat redundant. The latest update for iOS devices (iOS 5.1, get it either in “General Settings > Software Update” or by connecting it to your syncing computer) now provides support for copying 1080p video from your iPhoto/Aperture library back to your iPad.

The techniques laid out however still have their merit, such as providing an archive resource for your videos (either to SD card or in iTunes project saves).

To now get 1080p videos onto your iPad in a format you can edit in iMovie, just put it into an album in iPhoto or Aperture (whichever one you're syncing with your iPad), include that album and it will automatically be there (as long as you DON'T have “ignore videos” flag in photos turned on).

Thank you Apple for finally fixing an obvious omission.


Feb 122012

How do you get your video onto the iPad so you can edit it in iMovie? The iPhone 4S supports recording video at 1080p. Most DSLRs can record in iPad compatible video (as can be attested by downloading with the Camera Connection Kit) and as of iOS 5 you can edit 1080p in iMovie for the iPad, so the functionality is there.

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Jan 022012

So here’s the final chapter in the series. For a recap, part 1 covered the issues you’re likely to see, part 2 covered the configurations you should set up before you even start shooting.

Here’s a sample video I quickly whipped up to illustrate what you can get with this technique. (Ignore the editing and lack of completeness, it was a quick edit just for illustrative purposes)

Now it’s time to cover the settings for when you’re about to shoot your video and then start shooting! (okay, first finish reading this article, then use the tips to start shooting).

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Dec 212011

This is a three-part article, you can access part 1 here and part 3 here

In my previous post I explained the issues that commonly come up trying to record video on DSLRs, particularly on the Nikon D5100. You can read it here if you would like to catch up.

The next two posts are dedicated on how to avoid these issues to get better quality video footage. I’m covering the Nikon D5100 specifically in this series and the techniques might work for other cameras, but you’re on your own for finding the equivalent menu options to get the same results. I’ll be covering the “set and forget” options you’ll want to have for shooting video and why they’re important in this article. I’ll leave the ideal ranges and values for the next one.

So let’s get started! Let’s get that camera configured!

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Dec 012011

This is a three-part article, you can access part 2 here and part 3 here

Here you have it. You hold the Nikon D5100 in your hands, a great camera incredible for its price. You can take great still pictures and record HD video in 1920 by 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second! Just fantastic!
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What’s Coming to Digital Advice

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Nov 302011


I wanted to give a heads-up on what I’m working on for the start of this site, kind of get the momentum rolling as it were.  I have a few ideas that brought me to bringing this site into being, and I hope they help someone out.

For starters, I’m working on an article pertaining to the Nikon D5100, covering how to make exposure work for you within movie mode.  There have been several techniques and a lot of claims saying how to do it, I thought it would be good to compile those together with my technique and samples illustrating how I do it.  This will probably become an on-going article as there are a lot of techniques and arguments on what’s produced and I’d like to give provable examples illustrating it working or not.

iPad 2 and iMovie

Another article I’m planning on covering is related to iPad compatibility with 1080p video, specifically with the Camera Connection Kit and how you can perform a complete workflow from camera to youtube using only an iPad as the intermediary. One big part will be covering how to get iMovie editable video back to the iPad after it’s been moved off so you can add that great shot of your cat playing the piano as a segue into your epic video.

Keep an eye open, more articles are on the way!

– Kelly

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