Need A1s tutor in L.A. area
Went from DVX100B to XH-A1s and it is way more complicated.
I need somebody in the Los Angeles area (I'm in Santa Monica) that knows this camera inside out and backward to go over the manual page by page with me and show me every single feature and setting. Not a general overview, but a detailed surgical overview.
I have been shooting 35MM SLR for years and I have been using a Canon Optura Pi DV camera for years, as well as the DVX 100B, and it is amazing how similar the interface of the a1 is with the Optura. But the a1 is so much more complicated with getting to the settings and such and has so many more of them. But I know about aperture, shutter speeds, depth of field, lighting, sound and the basics of photography/videography.
I read all the pages of A1 websites and lots of good information, but still need a hands on with an experienced person.
Probably take about 2 to 3 hours and we can work out what you think is reasonable compensation.
If interested, and you really feel confident that you can explain every single aspect, please contact me by e-mail at Olsensm@aol.com.
While you could go that route I would suggest you down load the presets and excel file that goes with them.
First I would view the chintzy tutorials that are free. Grit your teeth and get through them. Like these boring minimalistic ones:
Since you already are familiar with photography a lot of them are old hat.
Then load the presets of DVXUser. com one at a time, look at the results along with the excel file to see what the setting are. The presets use settings most people don't even think about.
Read the whole thread, there is some hidden stuff:
Stuff like gamma, knee, black, pedistal, red, green, blue, etc are separate adjustments, but work together.
I think that would give you a much better idea of what you want and what is going on. Nothing beats using and playing with the camera to learn it.
The default mode on the A1 is similar to cinemode on the HV*0. Oh, and the manual sucks for the A1, IMHO. I wouldn't pay much attention to it.
Last edited by Duke; 2009 May 4th at 00:49.
Duke, thanks for the comments and suggestions as well as links. I did find a very nice guy who was very good about walking me through the camera and I feel a lot more comfortable with the camera, other than deciding on a present which I have yet to do.