Photo school costs $10k to $200k. But here’s all you need to know.
Recently, I’ve been spending way too much time watching a film-photography centric channel called Grainydays. I’ve published multiple links to it in the past, but here’s another one, because it is simply too good to be ignored 😉
The fact that one-man (filmmaker, photographer, humourist and scatologist) band Jason repeatedly declares that the Mamiya 7 is the best camera every produced, bar none, does a lot for my appreciation for his videos.
Much like the universal Top Gear rule of petrolheads is that you are not one if you haven’t owned an Alfa Romeo, the universal – DS approved, to boot – Grainydays rule of photographers is that you ain’t one if you haven’t owned a Mamiya 7. I’ve owned two, which makes me some sort of king among the elite. A third might grant me demi-god status and I’m seriously considering it. Again.
But the Mamiya isn’t the cause of your suffering on this page. No, it was the X-Pan’s Japanese cousin, the Fuji TX-1, featured in some videos, that triggered this bout of panoramic frenzy.
The combination of that highlight rolloff that film still trounces every single digital sensor so devastatingly at, and elongated format, proved irresistable to me.
That’s exhibit 1.
Exhibit 2 comes from a position diametrically opposite to the Fuji’s. Cue RED Digital Cinema.
My growing love for all things cinematography is a secret to no one. Certainly not to friends and family, who have to put up with the repeated obsessive disorders.
The RED Komodo and Raptor both offer 2.4 : 1 framing, and almost film-like image quality that keeps me awake at night, you see.
But as I inch closer to pulling the trigger on one of those expensive creatures, impostor syndrome kicks in immediately, to put me back in my stills-centric place. I’m a tog, who am I kidding? What makes me think gear of any price or quality will turn into anything anyone will ever want to watch?
So, instead of brooding …
… I took to Lightroom, randomly slapped a 2.4 : 1 crop on a bunch of recent photographs from Italy, plus a Cine Preset of unkwown origin, just to see what that would look like.
Well, would you look at that?
All along I thought Nolan was a genius, Deakins above human comprehension and Kubrick a direct channel between The One and mere mortals.
Turns out everything looks good in panorama and photography is dead easy!
Above is a semi-boring rendition of a lovely little lake in France, not far from the Italian border.
Below are quasi-random panoramic subframes of this image, and most of them look better than the original.
See? That’s all you need to know about photography, really. All those guys are frauds.
Buy an auto-everything camera. Shoot anything. Crop to 2.4 : 1.
Cine is just a teeny weeny bit more difficult. You need to write a script with real characters, conflict, story, work out pre-production, block, stage, light, direct, shoot, edit.
But really, that’s 4% of the work. And the pano format is doing 96% of the heavy lifting.
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