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#1 eric hunter

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 02:43 AM

Hey I've just recently purchased a Panasonic hvx200. and am on the road to film a travel web series. We're going into death valley, just wondering what kind of settings I would need to use to make sure the brightness and colors show up correctly. Also is there any special equipment i would need for the shoot?
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#2 Nathan Blair

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:23 PM

Sounds like you're gonna have a blast! I recently was AC/2nd Camera on a shoot in Death Valley (check out my blog entry about it). I can tell you, most importantly, you need to have a MAP OF THE PARK, because it is a little difficult to navigate.

Without knowing your desired style. I prefer shooting on the Cine D or Cine V scene files because they seem to give me a good latitude.

It's likely going to be very bright, and the time of day will matter a lot. You want to try and shoot when the sun is just skimming the rocky hills and mountains, so that you get the most contrast on those ridges. Some days it gets hazy at certain hours and that may or may not work for you.

If you're shooting people, bring a flexible reflector, or shiny bounce boards.

For setting the brightness, try using the built in ND filters to knock down the exposure as much as possible, then use your iris to make minute adjustments.

The sound travels REALLY FAR, so if sound matters, be ware of crowds. Also, they are really strict about permits... If it's a big setup, make sure you have that covered.

My favorite locations:

Devils Golf Course
Donte's Peak (at sunset)
Natural Bridge
Mosaic Canyon
Stovepipe Sand Dunes

Edited by Nathan Blair, 10 March 2011 - 07:27 PM.

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