This was a first for me. I’m used to shooting HD video – heck, just about everything I shoot these days is HD. Today was special because it’s the first time I shot HD on a video DSLR camera without any help from a sound guy or a grip or a production assistant or another DP. Today was a challenge of high order. I had to light, mic and shoot four interview subjects in four different locations on the Canon 7D with no technical help at all.

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I used a variety of lenses – Canon and Nikon. My favorite interview lens is the Canon 50mm f/1.4, followed closely by my Nikon 135mm f/2.8. The camera shoots really well in low light compared to a regular HD video camera and there’s absolutely nothing like it for the price.

This stuff was shot “news style” meaning we had very little time to set up and light things. One of the interviews was strictly “available light.” As a result, it falls short of my standard but it’s a testament to the camera that we were able to get something that is very usable.

These shots were quickly graded using Magic Bullet Looks.

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