I enjoy watching Behind the Scenes type videos, I feel like i'm learning something new each time from different people. SatoStudio has this BTS video of a recent Mexico Destination wedding, and you get an idea of the type of equipment they would require for these highly mobile shoots. In this video I see lots of Monopods, Glidecam 2000 Stabilizers, and Canon 580 EX II Speedlites for mobile portrait shoots. Radio Poppers are used for stable transmission of signal from camera to speedlites. I'm really impressed with how smooth that Cinevate Pegasus slider is. The reason you'd go with the Pegasus over the Cinevate Atlas is by design. Sand can easily cause problems with the Atlas slider bearings, but the Pegasus is a much more forgiving roller design for those conditions. I think what really ties this all together for a great shoot is the willingness of the bridal party. Great work SatoStudio, looks like a fun crew, I gotta run with you guys sometime...
The Alicia Keys Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready) music video was shot on Canon DSLR's. If i'm not mistaken by the screens, it's on Canon 5D Mark II. There's a cool little behind the scenes video posted over here.
After reviewing the BTS, i'm seeing they are using some very big video lights to balance the lighting in the different scenes. What's most important though is that regardless of time of day the Video monitor always displayed the camera set to 1/50th shutter speed and aperture 2.8. Someone mentioned the rules of shooting DSLR video, the shutter speed should be about twice your frame rate. Which means they are opting to using the 24p setting on the Canon DSLR.
It's a great look, I agree and 2.8-5.6 has always been my favorite for video. Coming down to a shutter speed of 1/50th in broad daylight WITH continuous video lights though? That means they are using some heavy ND filters to stop everything down. Take a tip from the pros, and if you're looking to be able to shoot at this range, you'll need something like the Fader ND filter. The Fader ND is a variable neutral density filter that will cut down the amount of light going into the camera allowing you to shoot at 2.8 apertures with slower shutter speeds. Just make sure you grab the right filter size for the lens you're using.
If you want to save yourself some bucks, buy the largest ND filter for your gear and then you can always grab some step down filter rings to fit them on your smaller lenses by clicking here.
Check out the videos and some of the screen grabs.
I'm always networking and learning from professionals so that one day I might be able to step up my game. One of the guys I turn to for technical DSLR videography questions is Michael Sato at www.DSLRUniversity.com. Recently Michael announced that he'll be possibly holding a workshop closer to my area, and I thought i'd share this information.
If you are looking to make the transition from a video camera to a DSLR camera let Michael Sato from Satostudios give you a jumpstart on camera operation, Lenses, stabilization, and workflow. Learn how to use your Canon 7d,5d, 550d, 1dmkiv to fit your video needs. Whether you are a current film maker, photographer, or just starting out he will help you become an expert to fit your projects. Michael offers 1 day 4 or 6 hour workshops or a 2 day complete training.
For workshops and commissions go to: http://www.dslruniversity.com/education/satostudio