So I received this dolly track motion slider for DSLR cameras from LimoStudios in the mail yesterday. I was super excited and couldn’t wait to get set up and record the unboxing video.
I broke out the studio lights, got the table set up, tripod out and set up. I put the 50mm f/1.8 STM lens on the camera along with the lavalier microphone. I got everything just the way I wanted it and started to record.
Man, I was really getting into it. I had it broken out of that box, had witty comments, some cool shots, and then I noticed that the picture on the monitor kept going in and out of focus.
I paused the video and got up to look at the camera. The 50mm f/1.8 is very sharp and crystal clear, but left on auto focus mode, will constantly try to make minor adjustments giving the video a “panning in and panning out” look.
I thought to myself, “Well, it’s not all that bad, I can salvage it.” So I finished the unboxing, tore the box up and put the slider together. At that moment, I had an oh Shit feeling. I looked down at the lavalier mic and realized that I never turned it on.
I tried to do a voice over, which would have been fine, but the combination of the lens and the audio not syncing made the whole thing a no go, and I couldn’t exactly put everything back in the box. Needless to say, I was one pissed off hombre.
- it’s okay to use the 50mm f/1.8 lens, just turn the auto focus off.
- Make sure the DAMN MIC is turned on.
- Don’t be a moron.
- Go back to lesson number 2.
I made one of the biggest rookie mistakes out there and I was pissed, but you better believe that I’m gonna learn from it.