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Drew Keo
Achieving Shallow Depth Of Field with NX5U
on Mar 14, 2012 at 6:17:02 pm

I shoot corporate videos (primarily talking heads in small spaces {conference rooms}) with Sony's NX5U and have not been able to achieve shallow depth of field. This is very frustrating as I see more and more people using the Canon 5D and getting amazing looking video, but I am stuck with this camera, so if anyone has had any success in doing this with the NX5U I would very much appreciate your insights. The more specific you can be the better. As always, thanks.

Andrew


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Michael Johnston
Re: Achieving Shallow Depth Of Field with NX5U
on Mar 15, 2012 at 1:44:49 am

I shoot the same types of videos with the NX5. You can get a shallow depth of field but need to utilize all of the space in the room. I get the subject away from the background and try to position the camera an equal distance from the subject as the background. The rest is all about lighting. I shoot on filter 1 with the shutter at 1/250. Doing that means you have to blast a LOT of light on the subject and background. That's the only way to do it in small rooms. It's much easier in large spaces.


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Drew Keo
Re: Achieving Shallow Depth Of Field with NX5U
on Mar 15, 2012 at 4:58:08 pm

Thank you Michael I will test this later today. But what do you mean by Filter 1?


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Michael Johnston
Re: Achieving Shallow Depth Of Field with NX5U
on Mar 16, 2012 at 3:06:34 am

The built-in ND filter. Set it to 1.


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