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jonny shaw

Member Since 22 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Sep 09 2015 03:13 PM

#365032 LOG Footage - Opinions on Underwater Use?

Posted by jonny shaw on 07 September 2015 - 03:58 PM

Nick is on the money I reckon, I have worked on a lot of productions where we have tested using the log on low end cameras 8 bit 420 and go pro's etc and find that you are way better to get the look as close to final delivery in camera. Yes you may gain a slight dynamic range advantage but you will also get serious banding and other issues. Shooting with higher end cameras log is great.


#361719 Fish eye or rectilinear for filming?

Posted by jonny shaw on 01 June 2015 - 04:32 PM

Fish eye on video can look great on big subjects if you let the subject move through frame, if you pan / tilt it will all go horribly wrong. I prefer rectilinear by far but obvioulsy you have to deal with softer corners, I would save a few extra bucks and get the 16-35 f4 as it will give you more options than the Sigma, it will also help with making a sequence by using the various focal lengths. Just my 2c


My main lens choices are

Canon 8-15 FE (haven't used it in over two years)

15mm Zeiss (hardly ever comes off)

16-35 Canon f4

Sigma 17-70 macro



#347597 How did Howard Hall do this?

Posted by jonny shaw on 12 May 2014 - 03:09 PM

This was shot on his RED, if I was to guess. Among other lenses he has the Sigma 17-70mm macro, not sure he had that lens at this time but it is very useful. I use it all the time on my Epic and although it vignettes slightly the usefulness for shooting wide and pretty tight is awesome. Secondly yes he could crop in from 4-5k, but you wouldn't crop more than 2-3k as the image will start to looks noisy and thirdly he probably spent a shitload of time underwater and was able to shoot similar animals on different dives with different lenses. People forget when shooting video that you need to plan a sequence to fit your story, if you just swim around with a camera and shoot cool stuff you get a montage of image which look nice but it is in no way as watchable. My advice is to dive an area, check out what is good and then go back a few times to get multiple shots.

#343306 Super Low Budget Music Video Shot on Epic

Posted by jonny shaw on 13 February 2014 - 03:49 PM

This was shot in about 3hrs and had a super low budget, thanks to Pete Lightowler who assisted on the shoot.



#342649 Are we ready for 4k?

Posted by jonny shaw on 30 January 2014 - 08:26 PM

From what I understand beeb is currently testing the hell out of a few dragons and F55's, lots of interesting colour science changes happening with RED too.

#333436 Tonga - Whale swim

Posted by jonny shaw on 25 June 2013 - 05:00 PM

I run trips over there and the season is great from July till mid October, earlier in the season the calves are smaller which can mean some really special images as the size difference is huge. Yes later in the season the calves are bigger and then can come close but it just depends. I know people who have had their best calf encounters in July, I am actually shooting for a big 3D project in July and then on my own trips in August / Sept as long as you are in the season you will have a great time.... no I should say a mind blowing time!

It is correct that you can only have 4 people and a guide in the water at one time but I have found that 8 is a good max number as it means that you get to get surface shots, relax, grab a coffee. It is reasonably physical getting so having a breather isn't a bad idea. I also find that in the group there are always people who are happy to sit out a couple of sessions so the keen people can get shots etc.

I have a couple spots left on my trips if you are keen, one on the first week and two on the second week, the details are here.




A couple of advantages of going with me are that I charter the vessel for the whole day not just 5-6 hours which the other operators do which means that we can leave early and return late if needs be to get the shots / time in the water everyone wants. I have never found people disappointed with the amount of time in the water they have had.... plus on our private charter it means we can go to a few out of the way locations.


No matter who you go with you will have a great time, do note though that Blue Lagoon gets booked very quickly. In fact I think they are pretty much full for 2013.

#329897 PADI Pro :: Underwater Cinematography Course

Posted by jonny shaw on 17 April 2013 - 06:51 PM

I teach this course at AFTRS (Australian Film Radio and Television School) based at Fox Studios in Sydney if you are ever over here. No teaching of dive skills purely underwater video and cinematography





#328664 Nauticam Rossa for Red Epic/Scarlet

Posted by jonny shaw on 26 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

Even if Dragon is released at NAB I'm sure it will take another 12months to actually get the upgrade. 2nd is that they have said that Scarlet cannot be upgraded but there will be a trade in scheme. However when looking at a camera that will likely cost around $28K minus trade in say $7k still $21K to find. Not pocket change.

#324796 Building up a full kit for 5dmkiii from scratch (video)

Posted by jonny shaw on 19 January 2013 - 11:14 PM

Great info Drew, I would definitely go with two dial option.

#316725 Tonga Humpbacks

Posted by jonny shaw on 19 September 2012 - 12:02 PM

Some clips from August in Tonga.....


#314292 A Taste of Underwater Bali

Posted by jonny shaw on 08 August 2012 - 07:21 PM

Hi Jo,
I haven't watched all of it but the lines are probably due to the interlacing, options to solve this could be, download JS deinterlacer (free) and run it through that, I presume you shot 50i coming from the UK so export as 25p and try upper field first. anther option is to setup a 25p timeline and drop the footage into that and render and export as 25p.

Some lovely shots i there

#313749 Here's one way to get some great POV footage

Posted by jonny shaw on 29 July 2012 - 03:07 PM

I love the way the guys is chasing after it waiting for the shark to drop it.