Task- Practising Camera ‘Movie Mode’

After our first photo films lesson we were set a small task to complete. The small task was to create a ‘portrait in motion’. We had the choice of who we chose to film and what they were doing, but we had to practise angles, lighting and camera movement within our short clip.

For this small practise task I chose to use my boyfriend as the person in my film. I chose him as I know what he likes and I thought it would be easier to film something I know he likes doing. As we both like watching the TV series Peaky Blinders I got him to wear his flat cap. He likes rolling cigarettes and using his Zippo lighter too so I included that in my short video, as it also links to the Peaky Blinders theme.

I chose to use black and white for my video because it added effect to it. With the flat cap covering his eyes, the black and white effect it created a mysterious vibe to it.

This is the link to my Youtube channel with the video on it-


I enjoyed practising with the movie mode on my camera and using the black and whit effect, I feel like it helped me get to grips with the basics of using my camera for filming.


Introduction To Photo Films

Today was our first introductory lesson to the Photo Films unit. We have Matt as our tutor for this unit and our first lesson was running through different types of photo films, what they’re used for, how they’re used in advertising and different screen ratios/file sizes. As I am very new to filming I took down as many notes as I could that I thought would be useful to me throughout this project unit.

First of all Matt went through different Digital Films, Out of House (OOH) types.

  • fashion films- beyond the glass, stoppable films
  • billboards
  • tube station moving posters- tell a story, take over the station
  • stock videos- photo libraries, GIFS, repetitive movements/on a loop
  • special FX 
  • film/documentary

After this, Matt proceeded to go through different equipment requirements with us, and explained which type of filming equipment would be best to use for different types of video/film.

  • Essential- DSLR with movie mode, CF or SD card, laptop
  • Optional- prime lenses, video tripod with fluid head, external sound recorder, gun mic/Lavalier mic, variable ND filters, continuous lights
  • Extra- handheld camera rig, loupe, follow-focus, dolly or slider, matte box & filters, boom mic, sound mixer

We got told about the different aspect ratio types and file sizes that film can come in with TV, cameras and smartphones/tablets.

  • Aspect Ratio- 
    2.35:1 / Cinemascope
    1.78:1 or 16:9 / Widescreen (all HD modes)
    4:3 / Standard (all SD modes)
    iPads close to 4:3, iPhones close to 14:9
  • DSLR Sensor Ratio (quite square)
    Roughly 7:5 (close to 4:3 ratio). Not all of a cameras sensor is utilised when shooting in 16:9 Movie mode.
  • Resolution at 16:9 HD- 1280px wide by 720px high
  • Full Hd at 1920px wide by 1080px high
  • Resolution at 16:9 4K- ULTRA HD
  • 4096px wide by 2160px high (4x larger)

The last thing we went through for the photo films introduction was the exposure triangle. The exposure triangle is a common way of associating the three variables that determine the exposure of a photograph: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. One must balance all three of these to achieve a desired result, an adjustment of one requiring adjustments of at least one of the others.

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