Cameras for Low Budget Filmmaking

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While every camera takes photos, only a few make good movies. The video shooting capacity varies with brand and cost. Still, there are some cameras that make the cut. Here is a look at them.

Shooting movies with the EOS DSLR camera

You can make wonderful movies if you follow some thumb rules. First, you must know that the EOS DSLR cameras will make two files. One is the.MOV file that is the movie file and the.THM file. This second one is the thumbnail file. The computer does not need these files to play the movies. You can transfer the.MOV files and delete them.THM files. No harm is done here. But, if you want to play the movies back on your camera, you need them.THM files.

Do a trial run first

Second, you must check the aperture settings do not change when you zoom in and out. This is for the times when you make movies with a zoom lens attached to the DSLR camera. You might feel like zooming in often. When the lens is variable aperture zooming will alter the maximum aperture and make it become small. This will cause the footage to become darker. When you use a fixed aperture lens, you may not have a change in the aperture size. But, since the amount of light reduces when you zoom, the footage will become darker. To be sure, check that the exposure does not vary before you shoot the film.

Check the temperature gauge often

When you shoot for a long time, the sensor will get hot. It sends two kinds of warnings. The first is the white temperature gauge. It will appear on the rear LCD screen. If this warning appears, it is advisable to stop filming and wait until the camera cools. But, you can carry on filming. The quality will not be up to snuff. When the red temperature gauge warning appears, it means the camera will shut down shortly. This is to prevent any damage to the sensor. Here you have to take a break.

Choose a good camera
The choice of the camera depends on the budget and the availability. You can even rent your camera. You have many shops that give you high-quality cameras for dirt cheap prices. Register on these sites and you will get the camera door-delivered within the hour. Here is the selection of cameras ideal for film shooting:

  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 70D
  • Sony a7S
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
  • Canon C100 Mark II
  • Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

Always choose the white balance setting from the preset settings or use a custom white balance setting. Avoid using the custom white balance setting. Suppose you make adjustments to the ISO settings during filming, it will change the way the footage will appear if you use Auto setting. If you use the custom setting, you can adjust this to the value you need.

Using a preset White Balance will ensure that the setting will not change. The processing of the film will remain easy for you. Another thing is to use manual setting for the ISO setting, aperture value, and shutter speed. This way, the settings will not change while you are filming.

How to Use Safety and Protection Tips for DSLR cameras and Lenses

Photography enriches life as it can intermingle perspectives and present moments for posterity. The photographer is a kind of historian or biographer and helps record the intimate moments of life. Here we see how we should protect the precious photography gear.

Fear not the rain

If moisture gets inside your camera, you will have mold formation. This is very bad and so you must wrap the camera and lens in a plastic bag if there is rain. Protected in a proper way from the rain by rain sleeves, you can shoot lovely pictures and who does not like the rain? Go ahead and get those delectable snapshots of rain falling down on the roses…

Fear the dust

Dust can damage the camera and lens functions. Use lens cap for both the front and the rear side. It will help protect the electrical circuitry and elements inside the camera. Use a rocket blower if you shoot in a dust-prone area. Clear the dust from the lens before you shoot.

Guard the lenses

First, use a pad between the lenses so they do not bang into each other all the time. If you shoot near the sea, use a UV filter in the front of the lens. This will protect the lens from the salt. Remember to clean the lens when you reach your room.

If you do some rock climbing, the chances are you will bang your lens into the rocks. If you use a UV filter, then you can avoid damaging the lens. The UV filter is cheap and you can replace it with ease.

Use desiccant for long-term storage

If you plan to store the camera for a long time, then put a desiccant in the camera bag. Store the camera and lens in a place with good ventilation. Replace the desiccant often as they will not keep their power long. Remove the batteries before you store them.

Keep the camera away from strong magnetic fields such as a television set. Do not use camphor balls. Protect the camera from extreme heat such as direct sunlight. The insides of a vehicle will be very hot. So, avoid storing the camera inside the car or van.

Also, the AA batteries drain over time. It is best to use them for some other devices. If you use rechargeable batteries then you can store the batteries, recharge them, and use them. But, if left unused for a long time, all batteries will lose power.

Use of memory card

Before you use the memory cards in the camera, format them in your computer. Then, switch off the power before you insert the memory card. In the same way, power off before you remove the memory card.

Cleaning the monitor

Use a blower first. Do not apply pressure to the monitor face. This will cause serious trouble. The blower will remove all the dust. Use a lens cleaner to clean the superficial dirt. If there are stains, then use chamois leather or a soft cloth with the stain remover to clean.

When you leave the camera or move the camera, use the monitor cover. A little care goes a long way and helps keep your camera in pristine condition.

Top 3 Camera and Lens Rental Companies in Bangalore

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If you are from Bangalore or are planning a photo shoot there, you are a lucky person. Go to any of the shops mentioned below to get the choicest photography equipment cheap.

  • QwikGear
  • ProGear Hire
  • Tapprs

QwikGear

This is a remarkable DSLR camera and lenses rental shop. They also offer specialty GoPro range of accessories to help with your photography. You can get camera flashlights and memory cards. The Newer 6 flashlight costs 50 INR per day. You can rent a 16 GB SanDisk memory card for the same amount.

In the DSLR camera section, you have Nikon D5100 at the rate of 400 INR per day. The Canon EOS 5D Mark 4 body is available for 2200 INR per day. Among lenses, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM costs 1000 INR per day. The Sigma 18 – 250mm F3.5-6.3 DC (Canon) is available for 350 INR per day rental price.

ProGear Hire

This is a rental shop for cameras and photography equipment. They have Nikon and Canon cameras for rent. The Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod and the Manfrotto 808RC4 cost 400 INR per day. The Canon 600EX-RT Flash costs 550 INR.

Among the DSLR cameras, you have the Canon 6D DSLR for 1300 INR. You get a 5D Mark IV for 2200 INR. The Nikon D810 is 1600 INR while the Nikon DSLR D7100 costs 800 INR. If you need lights, the Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4 is available for 900 INR.

Tapprs

Offering home delivery and pickup, Tapprs is another excellent shop in Bangalore to pick up photography gear. Also, they do not ask for any deposit but you have to register. In the full-frame DSLR section, you have Nikon D850 body for 2500 INR per day rental charge. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV body costs 2500 INR.

Lighting equipment is in the 400-600 INR range. Nikon SB910 Speedlight costs 500 INR. The Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite costs 600 INR per day.

You can see how to finish the entire shooting session for less than a couple of thousand rupees. If one were to buy the original equipment it would have cost several lakh rupees. So, arrange your next trip to Bangalore and get lovely pictures of your get together with the rental camera equipment.