If you are doing Corporate Video Production, an Online Video Blog or a Creative Film Production then a Camera Log is an excellent way to record camera and lighting data such as T-stops, ISO, Speed, meter readings and contrast ratios.
For all the film snobs out there, I have done a 35mm Film Camera log which can be found here.
Camera & Lighting Log sheets are invaluable when you have to re-shoot or pick up additional shots later. They are also useful for archiving information which can be referenced in the future.
This sheet requires either filling in new information or circling data on the charts provided (a space is always left blank for your own entry).
Most categories are obvious, but note the following:
In the digital film world there are three main variables for the exposure: ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. Whilst the shutter-speed is rarely needed in post (unless you are using Twixtor), the ISO is very useful to know for noise reduction and shot matching.
This is the white balance of the shot. The usual settings (Daylight, tungsten, shade, Etc) are included as Colour Temperature values but there is room to include your own custom temperature.
This is the actual lens stop.
This is where you plug in the value of your meter reading. This does not have to match the lens stop. For example, you may be using a pre-selected stop of T/2.8. You are shooting a night interior scene. You lower the intensity of your key light until you get T/2. This will give you “half-key” and an overall ”night” feeling.
Charts have been provided for readings in both footcandles and T-stops (you will be using one or the other depending on your meter). Also provided is a chart for reading set luminance values with your spot meter.
Two storyboard squares are included. The first is for an actual storyboard where the image is roughly what you see through the viewfinder (the small rectangle near the top of the page).
The other is intended for an aerial view. Here you can draw camera, actors, lights, etc. This is at the bottom of the page under “lighting diagram.”
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