Filming a base jump
Posted 14 July 2008 - 09:59 AM
Posted 05 August 2008 - 12:30 PM
The reason the tripod is so important here is the image angle of movement on the frame while in telephoto mode. Even with stabilization computer gadgetry, if you bump the camera the image will move far grater then you intended it too.. not that you would.
You also want to be able to move the camera freely. The Manfrotto 516 is a good lightweight head, since I assume you will be lugging this equipment out into the field, however its not cheep.
Next in line is the 503
Its about half the price of the 516.
Lastly is the 701HDV
Again, half the price of the previous. Mind you, fluid heads get very expensive very quick.
The real question is do you need to move the camera? IF you are going to set up a stationary camera, then any tripod with a solid head that locks down will work.
The other tip that I could think of would be to always attempt to keep the jumper in the frame. They will quickly fly out of the frame and if you want to film the shot all the way down, you will need to anticipate there movement (which should be in some arc like fashion depending on how high the are jumping). A long zoom is going to exaggerate that effect so you must keep a keen eye on the situation.
As for the technical side of things: I believe the longer zoom you have, the more light that is cut from the camera. You can always open the iris, mindful of your DOF. Since you are shooting digital you could increase your gain. However digital gain was created by Satan. In fact, I have it, on good authority, that Satan parades around with his digital gain turned up high he out shines the sun...
Anyhow, the Sony has lots of buttons and whatsits on it, so it must have either an iris control or a gain (read: db-control).
That's about all I can think of. I don't know what your budget is so I can't recommend any more than that.
Posted 05 August 2008 - 05:29 PM
BTW, Abel rents all this stuff (except the wire frame).
Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:22 AM