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Thread: Aperture Control on Sony HDR-HC1

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    Default Aperture Control on Sony HDR-HC1

    Hi to all...

    I am a newb here, and that includes new to video as well. I come from a still-photography background, and therefore look at exposures only in the form of the holy trinity, i.e. ISO, Shutter, and Aperture.

    Having acquired this camera, I am confused about what to do about aperture control. Not so much in the sense of exposure, but in controlling Depth-of-Field.

    My biggest issue is as follows:
    I got this camera specifically to photograph presentations and classes I present at my Photo School. My problem though, is that I want myself in sharp focus, but need my hands, and specifically the equipment I sometimes demonstrate on to be in sharp focus as well.

    Now apart from getting someone to constantly focus in and out on me, and then back to the equipment I am demonstrating on, how can I effectively increase the DOF on the camera?

    I cannot find any dedicated aperture controls on the lens, or the camera for that matter.

    Are there specific techniques used in this type scenario?

    Would it help to switch the cam to "landscape" mode? Will this decrease the aperture and effectively increase DOF?

    Thank you in advance for any feedback on this.

    Kind regards

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    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Western Europe


    The controls on most consumer and even prosumer camcorders are limited. You're talking about spending big bucks to get what you are looking for, you just have to settle for everything being in focus from a few centimeters in front of the lens to infinity. Manual focus can help where you can do whats know as 'pull focus' and 'throw focus' that is adjusting the focusing from an object in the foreground to an object in the background.

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    Bristol uk
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    I shouldnt worry, a deep dof is almost impossible to avoid on most small cmaeras, it's the shallow that is hard to do. Not sure what the ae settings are but avoid the action setting and all should be fine, also use the lens on it's widest setting and dof will be greatest.

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    Default Thanks for the replies

    Thanks for the help and the replies.

    I expected as much concerning control on a budget.

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