I guess my problem is that I only recently started getting into this stuff. My first major purchase was a couple lenses. And Ive been building from there.
I guess I can compare it to my other hobbyhunting and fishing. One of my bows that I hunt with is maybe 200 bucks. Bare. But I have a 240.00 sight on it. I have another bow that probably cost me 1,800 bucks. Its how you use it...as the saying goes.
I use the cheap lights because, apparently, you can still pull off a decent lighting set up with them. People do it. Im just trying to figure out how.
So if I shoot with the aperture at 4.5 or whatever, and it darkens the image, just add more light? The darker the area, the potential for more noise, no?
Maybe I can buy better bulbs? Brighter? I dont really see how the cost of the actual housing would affect quality.
I dont do this for a living so I have to buy the stuff I need a little at a time...as I can afford it.
I'm not an expert on fishing or hunting, but I guess that in that case, you need to buy a tool and of course, that tool can have different qualities.
With filming or recording, is better imagine a chain, and you need to know that when the chain is "weak" in some link, the rest of them get weaker too.
You buyed a really good lens, which was a great because you probably use it for years. I'm not saying that you make a mistake (and you already buy it, so...) but for now, I urge you to spend in the first links of the chain.
It's a little bit abstract in filmmaking that in audio recording, but I'm gonna try to explain the chain so you can understand me better (also, as you probably already noticed, english is not my main language, so sorry is some term looks weird to you). I'm not going to talk about capture audio for the film, because is just complicate things, but audio in film has his own chain to.
The filmmaking chain
You need something to tell (not necessary a script, but something that speak for it self, something interest to capture on film).
If that is a story, it have to be a good one (a good script).
If the story has people, you need good actors.
If the story need a place to be told, you need a good place (with good props, etc.)
(TO ALL THE THINGS ABOVE, YOU DON'T NEED ANY FILM GEAR)
You need that your subject (whatever it is) is properly light, because film works with light (film or a sensor, it's the same). You can use free light (from the sun, from a street lamp, from location) but you still probably need some lights gear to get the look that you need.
You need a lens to decide what "part" of the scene you are going to "capture" (for example, a tele or a prime, and is not the same 20mm that 50mm).
You need a camera that let you decide how your gonna capture. The frame rate, the ISO, etc.
You need a sensor (or film) to finally capture the light and transform (in a DLSR case) in information (a binary system of 0 and 1).
Later (after probably work with your material in a edition software) you need to render that information in a video file.
And finally upload it in some place which probably "eat" a chunk of the information of the render video.
It's a simplistic way of see it, I know, and maybe I'm forgetting some links in the chain. But my point is, in this chain, when you lose quality you can't get it back later. You have a good lens (you probably gonna need more than one but that's another story). Now, if I was you, I'll invest my money in the first links, because it doesn't matter the lens or the camera if the scene is poorly light. The same, you can shoot in a professional studio, with great gear and lights, but if you don't have any to say or you have bad actors, it doesn't matter.
The good news is that good lights are a lot cheaper that a good lens or camera, so I don't think you have problem to fix that part.
If you watch filmriot, you can notice that they take really serious the lighting, even if the use really cheap low edge lamps. The first episodes where filmmed with a really basic DLSR, but the lighting job is still great. I also recommend Filmmaker IQ, is a really great channel if you want to learn in more deep about how a camera and a lens works. One of the best exponent of the "youtube university" as you call it.
Hope I make myself clear and you find the information useful.
Edited by Giacomo Girolamo, 14 May 2018 - 01:49 PM.