Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration | Transcription

All right, so let’s go ahead and get our athletes set up in their hero shot. Yvette and Olivia, come on in. We’re going to set you guys up right here on this little pedestal. There’s a spider, little spider, okay. I hope it’s gone. Yvette, let’s have you pointing towards this direction. What we’re going to do is probably place Olivia right behind. Okay, so now we’re going to do this hero shot, we’re going to do it low, but to light them, we need to get the pose right, too. We noticed that this stump was a bit tall. We got another piece of wood right here, which we just basically picked up from the forest, so I’m going to place Yvette’s back foot on this. We can just place it right there.

There we go, just want to make sure it looks like a good angle to the camera. It looks pretty decent. I’m putting it bark-side-forward, because the back side really is not that pretty to look at. We can actually turn it a little bit more. Okay. Let’s go ahead and light now. What I want to do with the lighting is, we still have some pretty good sunlight right here. I’m going to set up two silver reflectors right here. We’ll put them on stands, and again, these are the standard 5-and-1 reflectors. We want to add as much light as we can into them, so we can balance them with the background and create a much more editorial look to the image with that, versus just going with this, which is going to look more lifestyle-esque. Again, we want to go with an editorial, powerful look.

We’re probably going to need another silver side also, which I don’t have a third stand, so I’ll probably have just my assistant hold, and he’ll hold about right here, to fill light into Olivia’s face, and also to fill a little bit of shadow. Let’s do that right now. I have our stands.

The reason that we’re shooting at a low angle is because again, I want this to be a hero shot, where our subjects dominate the frame. With athletic shots, with these kinds of poses, you’ll see this a lot when photographers go and shoot Olympic athletes. You get low to give them a sense of power over the frame. It gives them that domineering stance. You can do this with anybody. You want to make a business man look extra powerful, shoot him a little bit bottom up. It will give him that look and authority over the frame.

What I’m going to do, since I do have my Canon here, I’m going to go ahead and bring up the live view, just because it’s going to be super simple. I want to shoot this first for compositional purposes at F2.8, because I do want them both to be very sharp, but I want them to be good separation in the background. F2.8 will have good separation from the background, but they’re not going to be … I don’t want that super soft look in the background, because again, I don’t feel like it’s very editorial. I do want to have a little bit more depth and dimension, there, and just a little bit more in focus. We’re going to go with 2.8.

I’m going to bring this shutter speed down to 1/200 of a second, is right about spot on, for right now. When the sun comes out, we will need to adjust this. If the sun comes out full, we’re probably going to go up to 1/500 of a second. In between, we’ll go down to 1/250, 1/200, and so forth. Just keep that in mind. I can see that the sun is getting a little bit brighter as I’m even talking to you guys. Again, I’ll probably go up to 1/250 right now, just to balance that right away. That’s perfect. 1/250 of a second at F2.8. Remember, ISO 100, because we want to get as much dynamic range as possible. Let’s go ahead and take this shot real fast. Tone, you’re a tiny bit in. Just lift up a little bit. Okay, so pose wise, everything is good. Let me get this shot.

Now, you guys are going to hold perfectly still, okay? What I’m going to do is, I’m going to switch out to my full frame camera. I just want to see what this image looks like. I want everybody else to see it, as well. Let’s get down to that same position. I’m framing the same way. Let’s go ahead and turn on our camera. We are at 1/250 of a second at F2.8, so I’m going to go ahead and dial in those same settings here. F2.8, perfect. I’m going to right 1/3, and we’re going to take this shot.

This is crazy, because in this camera, all I’m seeing is just my subjects. I framed it so that everything else is out of the image. In the 5D3, we can see every single reflector. You can see how much wider that full frame view is, versus the crop sensor view. That’s it for this tutorial. Hopefully you all out there, understand the difference now, between a crop, versus full frame camera. Essentially, the change that it’s going to have, or the effect it’s going to have, over the effective focal length or the effective view of your lens. You guys can see that hey, we have a crop sensor camera right here. We have a rebel in a basic 35mm lens, and we’re able to create some awesome images, professional images, just by setting up our lighting, setting up our pose, and getting everything right in scene.







Chapter 7: BONUS

Total Course Run Time: 6H 30M 21S