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Shane Trowbridge
depth of field with HVX200
on Mar 17, 2011 at 3:27:45 am

I'm a long time shooter, but I've never been one to experiment with depth of field. My interview shooting lacks pizazz. The person being interviewed is in focus as well as everything in the background. How do I compose a shot so that the background is out of focus. I usually add as much distance between the subject and the wall as possible but don't always have the luxury of doing that. Either way, my footage all is in focus. I would love to mess with the depth of field and get the background softer.

Shane Trowbridge


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Steve Eisen
Re: depth of field with HVX200
on Mar 17, 2011 at 4:05:30 am

Zoom in, move back and make sure your iris is wide open.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Bruce Himmelblau
Re: depth of field with HVX200
on Mar 17, 2011 at 4:19:37 am

>I usually add as much distance between the subject and the wall as possible

Shane, you're half way there. The key to getting depth of field with the HVX-200 as well as most cameras in its class is to also increase the distance between the camera & the subject.

Lighting can help a lot as well. If you light your subject and allow the background lighting to fall off a bit, that will help separate your subject from the background.

As Steve said, opening up your iris and zooming in on your subject will also help increase DOF.

You may also want to consider looking at the Red Rock Micro. This will give your camera the ability to use interchangeable lenses.

Bruce Himmelblau


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Steve Eisen
Re: depth of field with HVX200
on Mar 17, 2011 at 5:51:09 am

Have you shot with me Bruce?

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Shane Trowbridge
Re: depth of field with HVX200
on Mar 17, 2011 at 4:40:38 pm

awesome. thanks guys. I will start to experiment. Sounds like it's not too difficult. thanks!

Shane


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Piotr Niemcewicz
Re: depth of field with HVX200
on Mar 30, 2011 at 9:07:44 am

Depth of Field simple rules:

1. Big CCD
2. Long lens
3. Lights
4. Max ND Filter
5. Max open iris


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