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Some Extra Tips
By using camera settings, color grading, aspect ratio, and much more we take a look at how you can make your DSLR footage more ‘Cinematic’ and professional. This tutorial goes over some practical tips on creating a cinematic look with your DSLR footage.
1. Keep Shutter Speed at 50
Use 1/50 th Shutter speed. The purpose of this is for the film to move on to its next frame for exposure during the dark phase and put the next frame statically in place for its exposure. This effectively gives each frame a 180º exposure, in other words half the frame rate. Therefore, you need to set your DSLR at a shutter speed of half your frame rate. At 24p fps you ideally would have a shutter speed of 48. Since it’s not normally possible on a DSLR to have 48 fps, the next best thing is 50 fps (or 1/50th of a second). It’s a very subtle effect, and still maintains the cinematic blurriness we filmmakers so long for.
2. Keep Frame Rate at 24 fps
You may already know this, but if you want your footage to look the most cinematic, use 24 frames per second (fps). It has just the right amount of motion blur.
3. Lose the Picture Style Settings
If you want the most control over your footage, lose the Picture Style Settings. These settings come with many DSLRs and provide you with presets to augment the saturation, sharpness, color tone, and contrast in your video.
4. Maintain a Shallow Depth of Field
A shallow depth of field means that your subject will be in focus while everything behind your subject (and at times in front of your subject) has a very nice blur to it, also known as ‘bokeh’. Depth of field is what separates digital video and film.
This video will also cover extra tips like: aspect ratio (black bars), color grading, cinematic text and storytelling tips that will all help your DSLR Filmmaking become more professional and cinematic.