ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Better Cinematography for Your Church

Updated on March 26, 2016

Start With the Right Camera

Doing better cinematography always starts with the right camera.What separates the camcorder you can get from the local store from the professional grade cameras? There are two keys, the first is prices control over your shooting settings and the second is higher sensor for capturing better images. If your church is ready to take the plunge into better cinematography or more practically for your churches purposes videography this article will help you decide on a great camera for your buck. Truth be told you need $5000 for just the camera alone. But I'm going to try to find a you some camera options for $3000 or less. The place to purchase from is going to be B&H photo video website.

What can you get for that amount of money or less (that is not a 2-4K cinema camera)? We can look at getting a cinema camera another day.

Check out the link below to see the specific camera I have in mind for this budget range. This camera has some great specs that include 1080p HD recording, dual XLR mic inputs, manual zoom, focus, and iris rings, 3 ND filters and a wide angle 20X zoom lens. These were the stand out features for me. Why are these good features? Shooting full 1080p HD is standard in this day in age. Shooting 4K will some day be standard but not now. 1080p is still quality enough for your purposes. XLR mic inputs are huge because without them you can not record professional audio via boom mic or lav mic. Your at the mercy of the internal mic then. The ND filters are going to be a life saver on a bright sunny day otherwise everything may be blown out on your picture. The manual rings are the real pleasure here. They will let you fine tune your image and get a nice balanced shot.

Next if you want a good shoulder mount camera then I'd look at the Panasonic. Find a camera with the highlighted specs. It should include, full 1080p HD, shoot at speeds of 24fps, 30fps, and 60fps. The normal recording speed for film cameras is at 24 frames per second that means that this camera can also be upped to 30 and 60 frames per second. It should have a wide angle 12X lens or higher. The weaknesses with a shoulder mount camera in this price range is the amount of manual control. By that I mean a multipurpose ring for iris, focus, and zoom. This will really limit your options and speed at which you can change shooting preferences.

DSLR Your New Friend

If your shooting for broadcast or in service viewing you need one of the cameras above but if you want to shoot film style meaning your going to change lenses and do retakes and edit the final product then you need a DSLR. May I suggest Cannon as your brand. The general rule is that Cannon is better for shooting video because of the higher quality h.264 codec. Most people will tell you that Nikon is the photographers camera. What it really comes down to here is sensor size. For the sake of argument lets just say that the larger the sensor the the better the picture. A large sensor will give you a shallower depth of field, greater dynamic range and better low light sensitivity. Lower light sensitivity is what really matters in my opinion. That along with the right settings will allow for your images to not be grainy. Grainy means that it looks like the image was made of sand. Might I suggest that you will want to use a Cannon camera 60D and up. In laymen terms anything with a "D" in its name is usefully a good purchase.


A Great Video on DSLR Shooting

What is Your Favorite Brand

What is Your Favorite Brand

See results

More to Come

In Hubs to come I will be talking about lens choices, pro audio choices, tripods and other rigging. Lens choices can be two articles or more by itself so each of these topics can be quite extensive. I hope you'll stay tuned for more cinematography content.

Understanding Church Media

Hey readers if you enjoyed this Hub did you know I have several more informative articles at my site:

Read about filming, photography, websites, graphic design, video content and more!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)