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« on: December 05, 2018, 16:35 »
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Okay friends.  I write disclosing what will be obvious.  I DO NOT SHOOT FOOTAGE.

Backstory, my daughter (14) is dancing at a concert tonight for a new artist who happens to be blinded when his school was bombed in a war.  This has made us extra sympathetic to him and understand that he just needs a different level of help that the rest of us do.

I told him I would take some shots at the show (complimentary) so he would have the best "half dozen" for his package.  I even said I could take some footage at rehearsal so the dancers could link it up on social media where quality, size and expectations would be at a lower standard.  I was basically thinking with my phone.

I know what it is like to be an artist, I've produced plays with a ten cent budget, begged & borrowed with gratitude.

So.... we have already had this conversation:  "You don't send a dentist to remove your appendix.  You don't send portrait artist to film your concert" - he knew my feeling about that, but last night he begs me to bring my gear so that his friend that works in tv can shoot the concert.  Awkward.  I am sympathetic to him and genuinely want to help, but man oh man - I can't make a living if my gear takes a walk.  I tell him he has to rent video gear for the guy.  I tell him I'm not giving someone else my camera, no way.  Then I realize maybe old body.....   (but later realize that the body isn't that important my freakin lenses sure are.)  I tell him the camera guy MUST call me.  Finally calls a bit ago.  Just as astonished as I but willing to do what he can.  He also wanted to rent gear and they are over budget.

So, DSLRs are a new game to him.  He's bringing a laptop to dump the cards (frequently!)  I only have one 128 Gb and the rest are 32. 

- No mike (overdubbing the footage anyway)
- No gimbal or steady cam
- Limited memory with writing speeds of 90 to 160
- Yes Tripod
- Yes monopod
- Yes 15-55 2.8
- Yes 65 1.8
- Yes 70-200 2.8
- Yes 50 1.8
- Yes Sigma 50-500 4-6.3

Body D7000  Sure
Body D810 (maybe if I am leashed to it)

The Sigma and D7000 are NEVER EVER used and should be put up for sale.  I have little attachment to them except for purpose of D7000 as a backup.

Anyone have any kind of advice? 

- wont' need any filters - polarizer, nd ?

- which lens (I want to limit this to one or 2)

- Do I just set to Auto and hope for the best?  I don't know what a cameraman can do with a slr when he's trained for tv video

- Usually my cameras sit in RAW mode.   No clue what I set to.

-  Will they be able to edit this footage with the software a real videographer uses?

- Which lens?  The video guy asked for zoom.

If I remember the D7000, was the focus fixed maybe or something that was pretty flawed?

D810 will track focus won't it?

I leave for the venue in a couple hours.   Hopefully we can figure anything out during the hour sound check.  Like I said awkward.  I feel like my phone would be a better option, it really does take acceptable video if not zoomed in and you don't touch the screen after you set the exposure. 

Really, thanks.  If someone has a second to put me a bit more at ease.   I appreciate any tidbit of help you can throw at me. 

Love ya, Lorraine


 

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