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    Commercial I Made With the T2i
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    I wish I had a barber shop like that near me. It looks like it was a really fun project to shoot.

    I shot some with my friend's T2i, but that was 8 years, time sure does fly. Have you experimented with Magic Lantern hacks at all?

    I'll offer some constructive criticism, if you don't mind.

    It sounds like the dialog is panned right and the music is panned left, and the music is too loud in relation to the dialog, which could also use some compression, EQ etc. The good news is that it's all tally fixable in audio editing software. Alex Knickerbocker has some great tutorials on recording and editing audio. It sounded like you were using the T2i's built-in mic for the most part, which isn't ideal, as you can't get it very close to your subject. If possible, next time use an external mic that's within 18" of your subjects mouth.

    More close up shots of the hair being cut. I know it's hard if you only have one take and little setup and planning time, just do what you can to get wide, medium, and close up shots.

    I personally think handheld shots almost always look bad, especially when you're using small, light cameras, it just amplifies the micro jitters. Tripod shots might be considered boring, but they look good.

    The business card shot could have been a still image with a Ken Burns effect, I think that would make it easier to read.

    The shot showing the front of the barber shop is over exposed, try some of the exposure aid features, like zebra stripes, in Magic Lantern. You can also experiment with custom picture profiles for different looks and holding highlight detail.

    A timelapse shot of a person getting a haircut could be interesting too.

    I hope I don't sound like I'm raining on your parade, I mean this as constructive criticism, as we can always be learning and improving.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Imamacuser View Post
    I wish I had a barber shop like that near me. It looks like it was a really fun project to shoot.

    I shot some with my friend's T2i, but that was 8 years, time sure does fly. Have you experimented with Magic Lantern hacks at all?

    I'll offer some constructive criticism, if you don't mind.

    It sounds like the dialog is panned right and the music is panned left, and the music is too loud in relation to the dialog, which could also use some compression, EQ etc. The good news is that it's all tally fixable in audio editing software. Alex Knickerbocker has some great tutorials on recording and editing audio. It sounded like you were using the T2i's built-in mic for the most part, which isn't ideal, as you can't get it very close to your subject. If possible, next time use an external mic that's within 18" of your subjects mouth.

    More close up shots of the hair being cut. I know it's hard if you only have one take and little setup and planning time, just do what you can to get wide, medium, and close up shots.

    I personally think handheld shots almost always look bad, especially when you're using small, light cameras, it just amplifies the micro jitters. Tripod shots might be considered boring, but they look good.

    The business card shot could have been a still image with a Ken Burns effect, I think that would make it easier to read.

    The shot showing the front of the barber shop is over exposed, try some of the exposure aid features, like zebra stripes, in Magic Lantern. You can also experiment with custom picture profiles for different looks and holding highlight detail.

    A timelapse shot of a person getting a haircut could be interesting too.

    I hope I don't sound like I'm raining on your parade, I mean this as constructive criticism, as we can always be learning and improving.
    I was already using a different picture profile and I was using Magiclantern already. Thank you for your advice though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachadoodle View Post
    I was already using a different picture profile and I was using Magiclantern already. Thank you for your advice though.
    I agree with the comment made above. I would stick to a tripod, especially using a t2i with an un stabilized lens. Warp stabilizer could've helped a bit but you have to have a shot with a relatively low amount of movement and micro jitters, it seemed you were having a rough time with the micro jitters.


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    Zach, did you ever re-edit your commercial's audio?

    I forget to mention in June that you could try the ML pseudo HDR feature for the outside shot of the barber shop. I know the 60D had the ML HDR feature, but I can't remember if the 2Ti supported it or not.


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    No, I left it as it is.


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