Get Sharper Footage with These 7 Focus Tricks

first_imgKeep your subjects in focus and improve your project with these tips and tricks.Top image via Shutterstock.Keeping shots in focus is one of the most crucial elements of capturing an image. A subject in focus tells the viewer what to look at. With techniques like racking or pulling focus, the shift in clarity alerts us how to direct our attention as the action unfolds onscreen.One of the many hurdles of working in video production is insufficient crew, equipment, money, and time. While all of these can be significant challenges, they also create opportunities to broaden your understanding of the craft and your equipment. Cinecom demonstrates a few ways you can accomplish your filmmaking goals, whether that means racking focus or following a subject. Let’s take a look at a few solutions for the solitary shooter.Testing Your Depth of FieldOne of the simplest ways to consistently capture in-focus shots is to know your lens. For the average shreditor, knowing your gear inside and out is essential for securing consistent work. You can practice with your lens by walking toward a stationary object, while trying to keep it in focus, and memorizing how much you’ll have to turn the lens. While simple, this technique is a timesaver you can try out at home.Working with Your EnvironmentAs you follow a subject throughout a scene, maintaining a consistent distance and awareness of the camera’s position is key. This might sound difficult, especially if you’re the shooter, director, and focus puller, but there are ways to ensure a consistent approach like tying a string to your subject, excessive rehearsal, or blocking out the scene for focus pulls (arrange the mise en scène to indicate focus points).Start with the Closer SubjectOne of the rules of depth of field is that the further your subject is, the greater the depth of field you have to work with. With that in mind, if you’re struggling to pull focus accurately, start the shot on the subject closest to the camera. This allows you to establish focus, and then you can pull further away to focus on the more distant subject.Marking Your PointsA seemingly amateur yet effective approach is to mark your lens (or follow focus) with some type of sticker, marker, or tape, signifying where your points of focus will be when racking or pulling. This is much easier when you have a designated focus puller, but if you’re like me, shooting solo, you can still rack and pull effectively.Buy a Focus RingA cost-effective way to focus quickly is to use a focus ring. Ryan Connelly over at Film Riot covered this, demonstrating how to use a jar opener as a follow focus. Since lenses have such small focus rings, purchasing one of these cheap tools makes it less likely that you’ll miss the mark. You can even indicate your points of focus on the tool itself.Set the AutoFocus Before RecordingOne of the many benefits of working with Sony A-series cameras is that you can adjust the auto focus and set up the shot before recording. As you can see in this video, the process is as easy as opening the menu, changing the AF Drive Speed from Normal to Slow, and setting your focus point accordingly. No more missing your subject by a few millimeters while trying to rack. This adjustment will let you toggle at the exact length you need. Jason Vong has also uploaded a tutorial on improving focus with the Magnify Focus option.For more on auto-focusing with a DSLR, check out PremiumBeat’s 3-step breakdown for nailing the shot.Also, if you missed your mark and accidentally left your subject out of focus, here’s a post-production quick tip for correcting an out-of-focus shot.Know of any other focus pulling tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Z100 Jingle Ball 2013 To Benefit Ryan Seacrest Foundation

first_imgZ100, New York’s Hit Music Station, has unveiled the star-studded lineup for its annual holiday concert, Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013, presented by Aéropostale, taking place on Friday, December 13, at 8 p.m. EST at Madison Square Garden.Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 Tour, the season’s biggest annual music event that captures the holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app, in Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Washington D.C., Tampa and Miami. To commemorate the pop culture phenomenon, Mayor Bloomberg has issued a special proclamation officially declaring December 13, 2013 Z100’s Jingle Ball Day in New York City. Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 will mark Z100’s 18th year of bringing cheer to New York City with the holiday season’s biggest annual music event.Last week, singer, songwriter Austin Mahone, joined Z100’s on-air personality, JJ, at Aéropostale’s Times Square store to officially announce the all-star lineup for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 which will include Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo and Austin Mahone with more to be announced. Special guest hosts will include Elvis Duran of the “Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show” alongside the entire Z100 family, with more to be announced. Aéropostale, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, returns as the presenting sponsor for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013.Tickets will be sold exclusively to ZVIP members via Ticketmaster outlets starting Tuesday, October 15, at 5 p.m. EST until Wednesday, October 16, at 4:59 p.m. EST. Fans can register for free to become a ZVIP member by logging on to Z100.com, keyword: ZVIP. Following, JPMorgan Chase & Co. debit and credit cardholders can take advantage of the Chase early on-sale using their Chase card through Ticketmaster from Wednesday, October 16, at 5 p.m. EST until Friday, October 18, at 5 p.m. EST by visiting iHeartRadio.com/chase. Any remaining tickets following the Chase early on-sale will be available for public purchase starting Saturday, October 19, at 12 p.m. EST via ticketmaster.com.“Z100’s Jingle Ball is synonymous with New York City’s holiday season and an event that our listeners look forward to all year long,” said Sharon Dastur, Z100’s Program Director. “We are excited to celebrate 18 years of bringing the hottest music stars together in one place for the biggest night of the year.”“Z100’s Jingle Ball is THE iconic must see concert of the season,” said Duran. “I look forward to seeing the amazing stars rock Madison Square Garden and give Z100 listeners a night to remember.”Popular teen retailer Aeropostale returns as the presenting sponsor for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013. “Music is a huge part of our customers’ lifestyle,” said Scott Birnbaum, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Ecommerce, Aeropostale. “We are excited to partner with Z100 for the third year in a row, as they continue to bring the biggest artists and most memorable performances to all.”Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 will kick-off with the action-packed Z100 & Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge, the official pre-event celebration. The event, which is free to the public, will include performances by Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony and Travie McCoy followed by meet-and-greets with fan favorites. Z100 & Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge will feature music as well as interactive displays from some of today’s hottest brands and products. The event will take place from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. EST at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., New York, NY and will welcome fans of all ages.For the fourth year in a row, Z100’s Jingle Ball will host a nationwide search for the next big musical act through Z100’s Hometown Hero presented by State Farm and powered by Eventful. Z100 has teamed up with Eventful and is using their Demand it! service to give fans the power to decide Z100’s Hometown Hero 2013. Music artists and bands alike can sign up and compete on Eventful’s unique “Demand it!” social media platform, which empowers hopefuls to Demand the winning spot. The winner will perform amongst the amazing talent at this year’s Z100 and Coca-Cola All Access Lounge at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on December 13, 2013 and have the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the main event, Z100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden that evening. For more information and to register for Z100’s Hometown Hero contest log on to www.Z100.com keyword: Hometown Hero.Each year Z100’s Jingle Ball gives back to the community to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s official charity for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives.“The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is excited to collaborate with Z100 on this year’s Jingle Ball to help us raise funds for our work with pediatric hospitals across the country,” said Meredith Seacrest, Executive Director & COO of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “We’re looking forward to being a part of the concert and are grateful for Z100’s support.”Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 will air exclusively as a two hour special on The CW Network, on Wednesday, December 18, at 8 p.m. EST, giving music fans across the country the opportunity to experience the highly anticipated annual event on television.For up-to-minute information on Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 log on to www.Z100.com keyword: Jingle Ball or listen to Elvis Duran on-air or online via the station’s website, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s all-in-one digital radio service. iHeartRadio delivers everything listeners want in one free, fully-integrated service: instant access to more than 1,500 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created custom stations inspired by favorite artists and songs. iHeartRadio also offers listeners a “Perfect For” feature which allows users to choose from thousands of curated stations based on a range of moods and activities. New – iHeartRadio Talk feature (now in beta) offers on-demand listener-created talk content alongside popular news, celebrity and entertainment “audiosodes.” iHeartRadio Talk also features “Daily Pulse,” a customizable Talk channel featuring the most up-to-date news and culture highlights, to which users can add or remove content that is most important to them.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

Ohio State volleyball sweeps 9th Annual Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team meet in a huddle during a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team swept the competition at the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic and improved to 4-2 on the season.OSU first beat Auburn (3-3) and then Florida Gulf Coast (2-4) on Friday, before defeating Southern Illinois (2-5) on Sunday.In the third match of the tournament against Southern Illinois, the Buckeyes defeated the Salukis in four sets (22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19).Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger led the Buckeyes in kills with 16, while freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe each had 11. Schirmer also led the team in digs with 15, followed by sophomore libero Valeria León with 11.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he liked what he saw from the team’s defensive play after making changes following the University of Oregon Invitational the previous week.“We made a couple tweaks that made a big difference,” he said. “It simplified less movement so we could dig some balls.”Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said on Friday that the Buckeyes corrected problems were already showing in their first two matches.“Another key (to victory) was to communicate on the court,” Campbell said. “We had a lot of young (players) playing tonight and just talking to each other throughout helps (them) out.”In its second game on Friday against FGCU, OSU won in what was its closest game of the tournament in four sets (22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-18).Sandbothe led the Buckeyes in total points with 16 kills, three digs, one block and one assist. León led the team in digs with 19 and Schirmer contributed 12 kills.FGCU senior setter Gigi Meyer, the daughter of OSU football coach Urban Meyer, had 131 assists and 27 digs throughout the tournament. Against the Buckeyes, she led the Eagles with 42 assists and had 9 digs.In its opening game of the tournament game, OSU defeated Auburn in three sets (25-14, 25-14, 25-20).In the first set, OSU went on a 10-0 run to gain a 15-5 advantage and from that point held all the momentum. The third set proved to be a closer fight, but the Buckeyes still managed to win by five — which was their largest lead of the period.Senior setter Taylor Sherwin had 17 assists and 2 digs. Schirmer had eight digs, six kills and four blocks.  Sekinger led the Buckeyes in kills with 10 while León led the team with 13 digs.Campbell, Sandbothe and Schirmer all received all-tournament recognition, while Schirmer was named the most outstanding player.After receiving the all-tournament team selection in Columbus after doing the same in the Buckeyes’ season-opening tournament in Oregon, Sandbothe said she believes having home court advantage was helpful in fixing mistakes made in Oregon, and for the future.“Getting a home court advantage really helped us to lean on what we needed to do,” Sandbothe said. “We’re still a pretty young team so having leadership come from the younger players is a huge part of what makes us work.”The team is scheduled to be back in action Friday at the Millenium Hotel Invitational. The Buckeyes are scheduled to face Syracuse at 4 p.m., followed by Ohio on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Xavier later that evening at 7 p.m. read more

Wilshere determined to keep Arsenal momentum

first_imgAhead of their Thursday clash with CSKA Moscow in the quarter-final stage of the Europa League, Wilshere stated it is very important for them to keep their momentum and take it with themselves to the first leg with the Russian giants.The Gunners struggled for pretty much the whole game, but it was their January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who just returned from injury, that led their team to the eventual 3-0 win. The duo was able to net all three goals in the last 15 minutes of the game.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a big game,” Wilshere said, according to the Daily Mail. “We needed that 90 minutes out of the way. We needed to get the three points, move on and keep the momentum going.”“We’ve won a few in a row and wanted to keep that going. Now we’ve got a big one on Thursday and we’re ready for that. Sometimes it’s like that after an international break, it takes 45 minutes to blow the cobwebs off,” the Gunner went on to add.last_img read more

Under I grew up watching videos of Leo Messi

first_imgAS Roma’s Cengiz Under has spoken of the sensation he felt playing against his childhood hero Lionel Messi, after their shock win against BarcelonaThe Giallorossi produced one of the biggest and surprising comebacks in the history of the Champions League on Tuesday night, where they overcame a 4-1 deficit from the first leg to defeat Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and progress to their first semi-final appearance since the 1983/84 season.Under was on the bench for the decisive encounter, but came on for Patrick Schick in the 73rd minute and played a critical role by assisting Kostas Manoles nine minutes later for the decisive goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.In an interview with Sporx, the Turkey international was still getting over the sensation of having played against Messi and revealed his delight with the win.“I grew up watching videos of Leo Messi,” said Under, according to Football-Italia.“That’s how it was since I was 10. Playing on the pitch with him was indescribable, and obviously I’m delighted with this win.”last_img read more

Barca boss wants to win Champions League and La Liga

first_imgBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was asked about Valladolid, the state of their pitch and the controversial plan for the Blaugrana’s trip to Girona on January 27 being played in the US and this is what he says:“The newly-promoted teams play with enthusiasm early on. They still have the joy of promotion on their minds and channel it on to the field,” he said as quoted by Football Espana.“They’re a dangerous team, so we must take that into account. It’s not normal to relay the pitch four days before a match, although Camp Nou isn’t at its best either.“The players are an important part of the show. They have a voice and something to say. They only want to be heard.”Finally, does Valverde believe Real Madrid are weakened by Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit?David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s a similar situation to ours with Neymar, which gave us the strength to grow. I see them in the same way,” he concluded.“I want to win the Champions League like everyone else, as well as La Liga. It’s normal to get excited.”Barca squad for Valladolid: Ter Stegen, Ezkieta; Semedo, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Arthur, Arturo Vidal; Messi, Suarez, Dembele, Malcom, Munirlast_img read more

Saplletti wants an immediate reaction from Inter

first_imgInter coach Luciano Spalletti wants to have “an immediate reaction” from Inter as well as support from the fans.Inter was defeated on Friday by Serie A champions Juventus and has only won one match out of the seven matches played so far in all competition.“It’s essential that we see an immediate reaction,” Spalletti said in his Press conference ahead of the Udinese game as was quoted by Football Italia.“I must say that I think these lads deserve the support of the fans. They showed their displeasure about what happened, and the desire to immediately re-start in a match like tomorrow’s.“They know very well that this is the first step, it won’t take you to your destination but it’ll move you from where you are.”When asked about last winter when the Beneamata went on a run of one win in 10 games and the fear of a repeat?“I think it’s different. You just look at the result, I have to look at the incidents which determined the outcome and to me it seems very different.”“The players are working in the right way, we lost a game and it hurts, it created difficulties in the reaction of our fans.“That said, we went out of the competition on goal difference [away goals] in the last 10 minutes.Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie ASerie A Season Preview 2019-20 Boro Tanchev – August 23, 2019 The 2019-20 Serie A campaign starts this weekend with the clash between Parma and defending champions Juventus.“In my opinion the team did very well, beyond a bit of a nervous reaction after going 1-0 down. We did very well and deserved to win, we created a lot of chances.“Clearly a result like this makes a big difference, but when the draw was made no-one gave us a chance of getting through and instead we were 10 minutes away.“We should have done more, but I don’t think it’s right to knock down what this team has done over the past year-and-a-half.“It seems to me, given the way our result was treated, that there’s a desire to go and demolish what we’ve created, but it remains.“You need to look at where we started. Right now we’re 14 points behind Juventus, we started 29 points behind in seventh place.“We don’t have to throw away anything we’ve done so far, we’ve built something and we need to continue the journey, that’s what we’re working on now.“I don’t see games we’ve lost, or in which we didn’t win, as meaning we have to completely upend what we’ve done.“After that it’s clear that I should be the one in the crosshairs, not the players, because the players are doing what they need to do and they’ve shown they want to work in the right direction.“We’ll be sure to examine what happened, and keep working toward our objectives.last_img read more

SDSU reopens negotiations with city over Qualcomm Stadium site

first_img Posted: July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom SDSU reopens negotiations with city over Qualcomm Stadium site Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 26, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego State University officials have reopened discussions with the mayor’s office and members of the City Council over the future of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.The talks have been in person and over the phone with mayoral staff, but Mayor Kevin Faulconer has not been directly involved, Gina Jacobs of SDSU told City News Service. School officials also sent a letter to the mayor’s office and council members.The mayor’s office confirmed that conversations took place last week. “We stand ready and willing to lead in this effort in partnership with the city of San Diego in order to best address SDSU’s needs and the city’s objectives,” Jacobs told council members. “We recently have been in preliminary conversations with the mayor’s office, and we look forward to working with him as we do all of you.”Her comments came as the City Council voted to refer the issue of future use of the stadium property to its Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, for discussion within the next four months. A plan to declare the site to be surplus property fizzled following advice from the City Attorney’s Office. The stadium property became available when the Chargers left for Los Angeles. City leaders hope to shutter the aging, money-losing facility after the 2018 college football season. Talks between SDSU and the city come with a backdrop of the stalled SoccerCity proposal for the land. Developers led by FS Investors of La Jolla want to tear down the stadium and replace it with a hybrid facility for professional soccer and college football, along with parkland, housing, offices and shops.FS Investors qualified an initiative in support of the project but a vote isn’t likely until November of next year, after the City Council recently rejected a proposed special election for this fall.Meanwhile, SDSU officials have eyed the land for years for campus expansion, and now need somewhere for the Aztecs football team to play in the future. The school and developers failed to reach agreement on how to share the property.The five-page letter from SDSU Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Tom McCarron, delivered earlier today, comments on various legal issues and reiterates SDSU’s vision for campus expansion.The document calls for many of the elements in the FS Investors’ plan, such as parkland, housing, office space and retail development. It includes a 35,000-40,000-seat multi-use stadium, and office space that will be initially open to private interests but eventually taken over by the university. Housing would be for graduate students, faculty and staff, and the general public. “It’s a rare opportunity for SDSU and one that will not come again,” Jacobs said. “The Mission Valley site is the only proximate piece of land capable of  solving SDSU’s long-term expansion needs.”Jacobs said a more detailed plan will be unveiled in the coming months. Faulconer’s press secretary, Craig Gustafson, told City News Service that Chief of Staff Aimee Faucett has been meeting with various stakeholders on several issues in her first days on the job. “She met with SDSU officials last week and the future of the stadium site was one of the topics discussed,” Gustafson said. “Finding a solution for SDSU’s future needs remains an important part of any discussion related to the stadium site.”Faulconer has endorsed the FS Investors project and has held previous meetings with SDSU executives about campus expansion.  KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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914 per capita in tax revenue to the federal budget – but received $10,Still, “Our budgetary allocations have increased. who overwhelming supported Trump in the 2016 election, Even if these promises are only partially fulfilled, “Enough is enough. read more