We all know how rapidly technology changes these days. Computers, phones, and TVs are getting smaller, faster, and more affordable. Since they are getting less expensive, a greater number of people can afford higher quality products.
As a videographer, I have always searched for a more economical alternative to the “film look,” or the look seen in most Hollywood movies. For a while, this type of look wasn’t possible without spending thousands of dollars. As an independent filmmaker, coming up with that kind of money was totally inconceivable, and knowing that I would never be able to shoot anything up to that quality was frustrating.
However, in the last three or four years, something amazing happened. Affordable DSLRs that could shoot video were born. So what is special about a DSLR? Well, something that is key to the production of Hollywood films is interchangeable lenses and being able to control depth of field. A DSLR allows you to do just that.
It has not only changed video production and filmmaking on an independent level, but also on a professional level. Many agencies use DSLRs for commercial production, and there are even some Hollywood films that have used them because of their portability.
The DSLR revolution has shaped the way for professional and affordable equipment. The next big thing to look forward to: cameras capable of shooting RAW 2K and 4K images with high dynamic range. Affordable options should be appearing rapidly within the next couple of years.