By Stephen Schweickart
2. White Balance. You’re running and you’re gunning, going from one spot to the next, inside then outside, outside then in, and, surprise, lighting conditions change. This will drastically impact the color of your image. You need to make the time to adjust your white balance properly with every set-up.
3. Gain or ISO. Keep in mind, your Gain and ISO settings make sure your image is properly exposed. The higher the Gain or ISO sightings, the brighter the image, and with lower settings—optimal for bright lights—you know the routine! Just remember, increasing the brightness increases the image’s noise, so be careful!
4. Scene Profile/Picture Profile Mode. The correct picture style can make or break your image. Looking for more control over the contrast and saturation to your image? Use a neutral setting. Looking to do less work in post? Try using a standard setting. I’m a control freak and a neutral setting gives me that power.
5. Shutter Speed. Let me give you some simple math when filming: double your frame rate and that will be close to what your shutter speed should be! I know, it’s rocket science. I technically spent enough time in college to be a rocket scientist. With everything in physics and film, this isn’t an exact science, but close. A good setting for 24p footage is 1/50th, a good setting for 60p footage is 125th, and so on.