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Camera Foundations

Beyond The Basics (Camera Lessons Overview)

Beyond the Basics: Foundations Overview (Camera Lesson 00)

Overview of this camera series and how you’ll learn foundational filmmaking information, not just camera brands.
Video file size: 86MB

Aperture, Shutter, & ISO (Camera Lesson 01)

Key Terms: Aperture, Shutter, & ISO (Camera Lesson 01)

Ryan covers the first three crucial camera terms: aperture, shutter, and ISO.
Video file size: 432 MB

Document: How To Convert From Camera Gain to ISO

This was asked in the comment section of Camera Lesson 01. Here are instructions on how to determine this. This rarely needs to be done, so it is more of a mental exercise.
Document file size: 99 KB

Frame Rate, White Balance, and Resolution (Camera Lesson 02)

Key Terms: Frame Rate, Resolution, & White Balance (Camera Lesson 02)

Ryan covers the second three crucial camera terms- frame rate, resolution, and white balance.
Video file size: 360 MB

Converting Speed to Angles (Camera Lesson 03)

Converting from Shutter Speed to Angles (Camera Lesson 03)

Ryan shows you how to convert from shutter speed to shutter angle and back again.
Video file size: 56 MB

Better Video Through Bokeh and Depth of Field

Better Video Through Bokeh & Depth of Field (Camera Lesson 04)

How you creatively use bokeh and depth of field can influence how your audience feels about the films images you create. In this video Ryan covers what these terms mean, and how to use them in filmmaking.
Video file size: 186 MB

Circle of Confusion Simplified (Camera Lesson 05)

Circle of Confusion Simplified (Camera Lesson 05)

Ryan explains the circle of confusion and shows you why it matters in filmmaking.
Video file size: 303 MB

Camera Exercise #1: Test Drive your Camera

Camera Exercise #1: Test Drive Your Camera

Ryan gives you a filmmaking exercise to help you to better understand your camera, terms covered in previous videos, and help prepare you for the next videos.
Video file size: 158 MB

Worksheet file size: 143 KB

Understanding the Heart of your Camera System: The Camera Body (Camera Lesson 06)

Understanding the Heart of Your Camera System: The Camera Body (Camera Lesson 06)

Ryan covers important parts of the camera body and what to look for when considering a filmmaking camera for your next purchase or film shoot.
Video file size: 435 MB

Understanding the Soul of Your Camera System: The Lens (Camera Lesson 07)

Understanding The Soul Of Your System: Lenses (Camera Lesson 07)

Ryan covers the important aspects of the camera lens, how they affect the images you create for your film, and what you should consider when selecting a lens for your next purchase or film shoot.
Video file size: 647 MB

Sensor Size & Crop Factor (Camera Lesson 08)

Understanding Sensor Size & Crop Factors (Camera Lesson 08)

Ryan helps you to understand sensor sizes, crop factors, and why they matter.
Video file size: 256 MB

Cinema vs. SLR Lenses (Camera Lesson 09)

What Type of Lens Should I Use? SLR vs. Cinema (Camera Lesson 09)

Ryan covers the differences between cinema and SLR lenses and reveals the strengths of each type of lens.
Video file size: 210 MB

What's Important? Recording Formats (Camera Lesson 10)

What’s Important in a Recording Format? (Camera Lesson 10)

Ryan covers the key specs you should pay attention to when considering a recording format: codec, color sampling, bit rate, and bit depth.
Video file size: 463 MB

The Truth About RAW & Log (Camera Lesson 11)

The Truth About RAW & Log (Camera Lesson 11)

Ryan reveals the truth behind RAW and log camera settings and how they can benefit your film production.
Video file size: 519 MB

Four Types of Camera Systems (Camera Lesson 12)

Four Types of Camera Systems (Camera Lesson 12)

Ryan covers the four types of camera systems, what they’re used for, and what kind of productions would benefit from each system.
Video file size: 338 MB

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing a Camera (Camera Lesson 13)

Five Questions When Choosing A Camera (Camera Lesson 13)

Ryan reveals the 5 questions you should ask when choosing a camera system for a project.
Video file size: 249 MB

Four Must Have Accessories (Camera Lesson 14)

Four Must Have Accessories (Camera Lesson 14)

Ryan covers the four camera accessories you simply must have, what they’re used for, tips on using them, and recommendations on which brands to buy.
Video file size: 469 MB

Filtration Key Terms (Camera Lesson 15)

Key Filtration Terms (Camera Lesson 15)

Ryan covers the filtration terms you need to know.
Video file size: 147 MB

Why You Need Filtration & To Ditch UV Filters (Camera Lesson 16)

Why You Need Filters & To Ditch Your UV Filter (Camera Lesson 16)

Ryan covers why you should use camera filtration, and why you should seriously consider ditching your UV filter.
Video file size: 198 MB

Guide to Neutral Density (ND) Filters (Camera Lesson 17)

Guide to Neutral Density Filters (Camera Lesson 17)

Ryan covers the first classification of filtration: image control filters and then takes a closer look at Neutral Density (ND) filters.
Video file size: 233 MB

Starter's Guide to Polarizers (Camera Lesson 18)

Starter’s Guide To Polarizer Filters (Camera Lesson 18)

Ryan covers polarizer filtration.
Video file size: 173 MB

Camera Exercise #2: Best Camera Fit: Camera and Lens Selection

Camera Exercise #2: The Best Fit Camera

Ryan gives you five real life scenarios from his own experience, and asks you to recommend the best fit camera for each situation.
Video file size: 187 MB

Crew Positions: Who's Who in Camera Department (Camera Lesson 19)

Who’s Who In The Camera Department (Camera Lesson 19)

Ryan covers the different roles and responsibilities of the positions in the camera department: director of photography, camera operator, 1st assistant camera, 2nd assistant camera, digital media technician, digital image technician, and finally camera production assistant.
Video file size: 279 MB

Monitor, Matte Box, and Media Etiquette (Camera Lesson 20)

Equipment Etiquette: Monitors, Matte Boxes, and Media (Camera Lesson 20)

Ryan shows you how to properly setup and use your monitor, matte box, and media.
Video file size: 273 MB

Tripods & Cables Etiquette (Camera Lesson 21)

Equipment Etiquette: Tripod & Cables (Camera Lesson 21)

Ryan shows you how to properly store and transport your camera tripod and coil two types of cables used in filmmaking.
Video file size: 278 MB

Balancing the Camera Etiquette (Camera Lesson 22)

Equipment Etiquette: Balancing the Camera (Camera Lesson 22)

Ryan shows you how to properly balance your camera so that you can effectively pan and tilt when operating.
Video file size: 239 MB

Filters & Lenses Etiquette (Camera Lesson 23)

Equipment Etiquette: Lenses & Filters (Camera Lesson 23)

Ryan shows you how to properly handle and clean your camera lenses and your filters used for your different film looks.
Video file size: 423 MB

Taping a Filter to a Lens (Camera Lesson 24)

Equipment Etiquette: Taping A Filter To Your Lens (Camera Lesson 24)

Ryan shows you how to tape a filter to your lens, useful when you can’t use a matte box for some reason.
Video file size: 119 MB

Media Management Etiquette (Camera Lesson 25)

Equipment Etiquette: Media Management (Camera Lesson 25)

Ryan shows you how to properly handle your media so that your footage is properly managed.
Video file size: 175 MB

Exposure Meters: Histogram, Waveform, Zebra, False Color (Camera Lesson 26)

What Exposure Meters Tell You: Histogram, Waveform, Zebra, False Color (Camera Lesson 26)

Ryan explains the four most popular in camera exposure meters, and when you should use them: waveform, zebras, false color and histogram.
Video file size: 260 MB

Creating Looks With The Exposure Triangle (Camera Lesson 27)

Creating Looks With The Exposure Triangle (Camera Lesson 27)

Ryan explains the exposure triangle and how to use it to create different film looks, as well as reveals its limitations.
Video file size: 318 MB

Properly Exposed (Camera Lesson 28)

Properly Exposed: Using Your Camera Meters (Camera Lesson 28)

Ryan shows you how to use your exposure tools and covers two tough exposure situations.
Video file size: 482 MB

Stop Using Your Histogram (Camera Lesson 29)

Why You Should Stop Using Your Histogram (Camera Lesson 29)

Ryan reveals three reasons why you should stop using your camera’s histogram to judge exposure in filmmaking.
Video file size: 193 MB

Using Your Camera's Histogram to Get Proper Exposure (Camera Lesson 30)

How To Get Consistent Results With Your Histogram (Camera Lesson 30)

For those times when you’re stuck using your camera’s histogram- here’s how to get consistent results for images in your film.
Video file size: 142 MB

Camera Exercise #3: Exposure Experimentation

Camera Exercise #3: Exposure Experimentation

Ryan gives you two exercises to complete that will help you see how different exposures affect the final footage so you can make intelligent choices on set.
Video file size: 308 MB

Worksheet file size: 172 KB

Finding Your Filter Factor (Camera Lesson 31)

Advanced Exposure: Finding Your Filter Factors (Camera Lesson 31)

Ryan shows you two methods for finding your filter factor, crucial if it wasn’t provided by the filter manufacture. This is important to get the correct and consistent exposures for your film.
Video file size: 96 MB

Advanced Exposure: Using the Zone System (Camera Lesson 32)

Advanced Exposure: Using The Zone System (Camera Lesson 32)

Ryan explains what the zone system is and how you can use it to benefit your film productions.
Video file size: 218 MB

Advanced Exposure: Raw & Log (Camera Lesson 33)

Advanced Exposure: Raw & Log (Camera Lesson 33)

Camera RAW and log settings throw additional considerations into the mix when it comes to exposing your film image properly. In this video Ryan shares what those considerations are and how they impact exposure choices for your film production.
Video file size: 348 MB

Staying Focused: Sharp Images (Camera Lesson 34)

Staying Focused: Keeping Your Image Sharp (Camera Lesson 34)

Ryan shows you eight tricks for keeping your image sharp on-set.
Video file size: 361 MB

Developing a Routine (Camera Lesson 35)

Developing A Routine (Camera Lesson 35)

Ryan shares the routine he uses before he rolls camera to ensure his footage is always delivered as expected.
Video file size: 142 MB

Camera Exercise #4: Pulling Focus and Camera Routine

Camera Exercise #4: Pulling Focus & Camera Routine

Ryan gives you three more exercises: two will help you practice pulling focus, and the third will help you develop a your camera routine.
Video file size: 164 MB

Portland Film Beat Interview (Camera Appendix 01)

Interviewed by Portland Film Beat (Appendix 01)

Ryan shares his thoughts about lighting, cameras, and lenses using in filmmaking on Portland Film Beat. (Filmed by Portland Film Beat, used with permission.)
Video file size: 1.4 GB