How to Choose the Right Camera for your Projects? 5 Tips | Tuesday Tutorials


What’s up guys this is Brad Watanabe
coming back at you with another tech tutorial if you’re like me and you love
cameras these are the six that we use in studio all the time on projects and
these are the five steps that I go through when I try to figure out which
camera is right for that project number one budget budget is always going to be
one of the first key indicators for what type of gear you want to use now when I
was first getting started in the industry I owned a Canon t2i that’s all
I could afford I had a kit lens eventually I bought a 50 because
everyone told me that’s what I was supposed to buy but I didn’t have any
clients at the time I just was shooting for fun so I got the budget camera so I
could learn about the aperture and white balance and all of those things so my
budget was zero dollars it was zero dollars because it was what I could
afford and I was just learning stuff I wasn’t actually getting paid to do it so
I bought what I could afford or what my wife would allow me to invest in but
with clients you talked to them about what their budgets are before we even
get into the tech if they’ve got a thousand dollars for their budget it’s
it’s not going to be a red project for us because our camera package for the
red costs is more than a thousand dollars for a day just for the camera
you might be more in line with using like a small camera like Osmo or even
your phone if those are the types of budgets that you work with as I started
to move along in my experience I had another budget factor come into play I
would start to invest in other cameras I went from the t2i up to the 5d mark ii
to the 5d mark 3 eventually I ended up buying a C 100 and
I was always conflicted because I wanted to get the best image quality I could
make and I knew that wasn’t on my t2 I knew it was on my C 100 so I had to
think through my own personal reason for making this work if I wanted this to be
a portfolio piece that I wanted to then shop around for other bigger projects
other types of clients I would choose my C 100 even if the budget didn’t call for
it and the reason why was because I purchased that camera and I wanted to
make sure that that was the camera people started to hire me for going
forward which leads me in to point number two when you’re evaluating what
kind of projects you want to take on think about where they’re going to lead
you if you want to start shooting bigger broadcasts type of work if you want to
start thinking about bigger documentary work sometimes it makes sense to try to
rent the camera that you might not be able to afford to purchase or own but
think about renting a camera as a way of investing in your education so the very
first project that I started using a red camera with was actually a pro bono
project it was a project for a rehab hospital he didn’t have money but I I
collaborated with a friend of mine who had a red camera he’s like dude because
the project it means something to this nonprofit rehab organization he was
willing to let me use it for free and it became a way for me to test out this
technology see if I could actually implement it into other people’s work
without having to invest in it myself or having a client have to invest in the
technology from their budget so for me that was actually a huge win because
what it taught me was that yes I wanted to start working with red cameras my
buddy was able to hook me up with the camera I was able to shoot it and then
from there on out I was like I have to be shooting as many projects I possibly
can on red technology because I loved our 3d workflows I loved how it felt to
actually operate with a big camera and it just made my post workflow so much
better which leads into point number three the dress to think to act and to
choose your cameras appropriately so you talk to your client you talk to the
production team what what are the types of cameras and technology they’re used
to working with if they’re used to working with Reds you’re probably going
to need to figure that out if they’re used to shooting on a seven threes or
GoPros for their production that’s probably the appropriate decision for
that project so understanding what clients expect what are the results they
want to see from a dynamic range perspective if
they’re matching other shots that they’ve they found in other locations or
whatever that is knowing what technology they need what they expect is a huge
part of your camera decision-making process number four and one of my
favorite parts of this decision-making process is ergonomic s– it’s about
choosing the right camera with the right ergonomics for each part of the project
so we went to Japan recently we had in red we had a Blackmagic we had an a 73
they all got used for that project because in certain cases we couldn’t
bring a red with us it was too small and cramped when you’re walking through
small stores in Japan or if you’re going into really low light situations
sometimes at a 7-3 actually looking better than the red dragon so these all
these different trade-offs and all these different upsides to these different
cameras that we have so knowing which ones are appropriate for particular
shots for particular organ ama types if you’re running and gunning sometimes
like a c 300 or c 100 might even be better than a red if you’re traveling
and you don’t have the ability to bring a ton of e-mount batteries with you
sometimes you need a smaller battery on a smaller camera just so you can get
through customs you can get through airports smoothly all of those things
are big parts of your camera technology decisions and step 5 which i think is
one of the most fun creative decisions you can make about cameras is the look
back in the day you would choose Fuji or you choose kodak or you choose all these
different types of film stocks based on the look that you wanted to get if
you’re shooting black and white film you’re obvious you’re not going to get a
color image dragon sensors are different from monstro which is different from
black magic which is different from Sony and they all look great for different
types of applications so choosing your camera is also going to be like choosing
the film stock or choosing a paint brush you’re going to choose the thing that
you want to film to look like that’s a huge part of this decision so if it’s
going to cost you a lot more money in baggage fees just to get all the right
tech to the location if it’s gonna be a huge case if it’s going to be a small
backpack you’re gonna choose the right things to get the right image statute
sometimes the right look is an iPhone if you’re looking for that selfie look if
you’re looking for that very like first-person perspective iPhones are
great for that we did a project in Japan where we use iPhones specifically to get
that type of look sometimes a7 actually looks better for a
particular type of shot like you can get different types of time lapses with a
still camera than you can with a cinema camera all of these things are about the
look and the aesthetic and the storytelling that you’re doing with
these things those are the five things that I go through when choosing a camera
I hope that helps you out in your decision-making process if you have any
questions about these cameras and specific or if you’ve got tips that
you’ve learned along the way I’d love to know what types of cameras you use in
the field and how you make those decisions for yourself that about wraps
it up and we’ll catch you on the next one a la

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