Feedback Requested Using the Canon T3 DSLR Camera
Requesting Feedback with Using the Canon T3
I realize Hubpages encourages their writers to produce informative articles. However, their format is just too temping to use as a blog by requesting input on using the Canon T3 DSLR camera. So, let me explain my situation and if you are a knowledgeable photographer, any feedback you have will be appreciated.
One of my objectives in purchasing the Canon Rebel T3 DSLR camera was to record video of tying flies and posting them on YouTube. I have done this in the past with fairly good results using a point-and-shoot Fuji WP33. I used this camera for both shooting video of tying flies and shooting video/photos while fly fishing. Being waterproof, it served both functions well. However, over time the video motor got too loud. It was practically all you heard on recorded video. So, I opted to purchase a DSLR camera for several purposes, shooting video of tying flies being one. I selected the Canon Rebel T3 due to reviews, budget, and being a very common camera. I have to confess, after shooting two fly tying videos, the videos using the Fuji WP33 look better. So, allow me to explain how I am shooting the videos and perhaps more experienced photographers, particularly those who have used a Canon T3, can help me produce better videos. One big question I have is, do I need another camera lens?
With the Fuji WP33, I used to use natural light, either direct sunlight tying outside or from the dining room without direct sunlight, but next to large windows. After doing some research, I now use two daylight fluorescent bulbs at 800 lumens each with paper filters over them. I set them up in the garage so that they are the sole light source. I also mount the camera on a tripod. I wear a solid colored shirt for the background and make sure the shirt is in contrast color to the fly. I used this approach with both Canon videos.
The video settings on the Canon are limited to 1280 x 720 at either 25 or 30 fps. I select 30 fps. The lens is the kit lens that comes with the camera, 18-55mm f/3.5-3.6 auto focus, image stabilization. While the lens specifications states the closest focus distance of 9.8 inches, I am more like two feet from the fly. Any closer and I cannot get the camera to focus. At this distance I don't have to worry about bumping the camera while tying. However, I would like to zoom in closer to the fly. I can accomplish this to some degree with the video software (Magix Movie Edit Pro 10). However, I can zoom in on the fly only so far with software until the video becomes pixelated. I have zoomed in with the software in the attached video except for the last eight seconds. The last eight seconds are directly from the camera with no manipulation by the software.
Questions For The Readers
I have a number of questions for the readers:
1. My fingers look over exposed, which isn't a real big deal since the exposure of the fly looks okay. Still, the overexposed fingers are distracting. Should I use another light source?
2. Does the color contrast from the background shirt affect exposure foreground? If so, how?
3. The big question is should I get another lens? I've looked into true macro lenses and one concern I have is that I need about a one foot working space around the fly while tying. Some of the macro lenses require practically getting on top of the subject. There are other lenses that can probably zoom in on the fly that are not macro. Do you have any lens recommendations?
I am a novice photographer and am learning much about photography through the use of the Canon T3. I am pleased with the still photographs. I sell the flies I tie on E-Bay. I use close-up stills of the flies in the auctions and the macro shots come out impressive. I can get closer to the subject with still photographs than with the video, although the stills also need to be zoomed in a bit with the software. The video comes out well for general use such as family events. They are clear and have no motor noise in the background. I must admit, however, that I am disappointed with the results of the videos taken with the subject being close-up. I wish they could be as detailed as the stills. There just seems to be a lack of crispness. If you can recommend any improvements, I would certainly appreciate it.
The second video came out better. I used natural light in my garage with the garage door open and no direct sunlight. Also, I work a shirt for background with less color contrast. I used manual focus. Of course the question soon became "How do I focus best. With or without bifocals?" Finally, I used video editing software to zoom in at different times.
While the color contrast came out better, the video is still not as crisp as I would like. I conclude that I need either a macro lens or telephoto lense.
Fly Tying the Yellow Teal Nymph With Canon T3 Rebel
I purchased some inexpensive extension tubes. They gave me the magnification with the kit lens that I desired.