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Feb 12

Capture Oscar-worthy cinematography with top rated digital cameras!

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2012′s Oscar nominees for cinematography may inspire you to start making HD movies or redefine your vision for your existing photography and video. Check out Vann’s bang-for-your-buck, top rated digital cameras and what Oscar nominee fits with each.

1) Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm lens 

Vann’s top rated digital camera, Nikon’s D3100 DSLR allows you to capture 1920 x 1080 progressive HD movies at the cinematic standard– 24 frames per second. If you want, you can set a continual auto-focus with automatic face tracking or manually focus.

Even if you originally shot in color, you can change the look to black and white, just like how the Director of Photography Guillaume Schiffman shot The Artist. He shot the film on a Kodak 35mm VISION3 500T 5219 and then converted the film to black and white at Laboratories LTC, Paris, France. He used special filters to diffuse the whites and mute the black and most of the aesthetic fine-tuning was done in post-production.

Turn off the sound, shoot in the grayer, grainier, 500 ISO, and implement a soft focus after-affect on the Nikon D3100 and you’ll be on your way to channeling the silent film era. Your only limitation in emulating The Artist will be that you won’t be able to shoot at 22 frames per second, so it may look a little faster and modern.

2) Sony DSCWX9/BBDL digital camera holiday bundle

The DSC-WX9 tops the list as Vann’s #1 best-selling camera, particularly because it’s a holiday bundle that includes a camera, camera case, and memory card, but also because it’s a point-and-shoot that can compete with the DSLRs. The DSC-WX9 has DSLR bragging rights such as background defocus, natural flash, and 3D panoramic shooting.

We won’t try to claim you’ll actually be able to shoot a movie like Oscar nominee War Horse by Director Stephen Speilberg and DP Janusz Kaminski (the duo behind Schindler’s List, A.I., Catch Me if You Can, The Terminal, War of the Worlds, and Munich) on a Sony point-and-shoot. But War Horse‘s cinematography emphasizes the same things as the DSC-WX9– wide shots, landscapes, and people blending into setting rather than setting blending into people.

This camera proves ideal for those scenic landscape shots with its 3D Panoramic Sweep mode and Intelligent Sweep panoramic modes. Further, it allows you to defocus the background to highlight a person or equally focus on both so that your subject merges with the background. Kaminski filmed War Horse using Arriflex 435, Arriflex 235, Arricam LT, Arricam ST cameras.

3) Canon EOS Rebel T3i

Canon’s Rebel series remain the top rated digital cameras, especially among entry-level DSLR photographers because it’s easy-to-use, offers a variety of Auto modes, and its Live View mode captures a picture exactly as it appears in your view screen so you won’t be surprised when you view the picture on your laptop or iPhone later.

If you’re just getting into photography and video capture, there’s no better cinematographer to learn from than 
Emmanuel Lubezki, the DP of Burn After Reading, Like Water For Chocolate, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Meet Joe Black, The Cat and the Hat, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. He’s been nominated in the Cinematography category for Children of Men, The New World, Sleepy Hollow, and A Little Princess at the Oscars, and this year his incandescent The Tree of Life has been nominated.

Lubezki operated most of the handheld cameras himself, including an ARRI LT and 235 cameras, as well as a Panavision camera for 65 mm scenes. The lenses were generally ARRI Master Primes. The film stocks were Kodak Vision2 500T 5218 and 200T 5217.

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