View Full Version : Camera Training? Books? Vids?

11-09-2007, 07:25 PM
I really need to improve my camera knowledge. I know how to use the LW cameras, but some people get such incredible angles and shots, DOF, that it makes me feel like I barely know how to use them at all. It definitely isn't just a matter of point and shoot.

Are there any in-depth books and/or videos that anyone could recommend for specifically camera work in CG? Preferably for LightWave usage, but not necessarily, as long as the techniques can be adapted to LW.

Thanks. :)

11-10-2007, 02:39 AM
Theres lots of books on the use of real world cameras. LW and other apps try and replicate those. I would find books on live action cameras.

11-10-2007, 03:03 AM
I can recommend The Five C's of Cinematography (http://www.amazon.com/Five-Cs-Cinematography-Picture-Techniques/dp/187950541X).

11-10-2007, 08:18 AM
Thanks for the info. :)

Yeah, I was afraid I was going to have to dig into general photography books, but was hoping to find something more specific to CG.
What I'm more interested in is how some people get those H-U-G-E arch-viz type shots, which seem close to actually being there.
But that book, The Five C's of Cinematography, looks interesting and has good reviews, and is only twenty bucks, so I just went ahead and ordered it.
I've browsed the popular CG video outlets, Lynda, Gnomon, Digital Tutors... there's lots about lighting and texturing and modeling, but virtually nothing specifically about camera work, not only for LW, but any program.
But thanks again. :)

11-10-2007, 02:39 PM
Cool, yeah I have to get another one too. I lent mine out and haven't seen it. I want to read it again.

The five Cs is pretty much the bible for camera angles composition and so on. It is the only book I know of dedicated only to this aspect of cinematography. It should give you a good grounding in the subject that you can build on with experience and perhaps some other books. I have a feeling that the people who get good results in CG do so because they understand it in the real world first. :)

11-10-2007, 03:19 PM
Doesn't Dan Ablan have a Photography for 3D book?

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11-10-2007, 03:25 PM
I have nearly everything Dan has put out, but I never noticed that book. You can't go wrong with Dan Ablan, especially considering he's more than willing to answer dumb questions. - thanks for the info! :)

11-11-2007, 12:15 PM
Didnt Dan Ablan have a discount for LW users/Forum member?..or was it someone else who had it?

11-11-2007, 02:15 PM
He runs specials from time to time, like when he comes out with something new. The modo 301 Courseware was only half price, for example, if you pre-ordered it.
But the books are his publisher's property - I don't think he could offer a special deal, except through his website, but that would cut into his profits. And I think he said he only makes a few dollars off each book sale.
I'm not aware of any general discounts, though.

11-12-2007, 06:39 AM
This is the text we use in the animation dept.


It covers all aspects of videography and film making. Along with the Five C's a good all round.

Also The Masters of Light;