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Why Filming on a 20-Year Old Camcorder Can Be a Good Idea

Modern cameras have achieved incredible image quality with beautiful color science, high resolution, and superb dynamic range. So why would you shoot on a 20-year-old camera that wasn’t even good for its time?

Let’s talk about aesthetics. The look, the feel. The way an image brings out emotions or feelings of nostalgia.

While modern cameras have become really good at reproducing an image that’s close to real life, a lot of creatives usually start degrading this image before they even turn the camera on.

Cinematographers use diffusion filters on high-resolution cameras, and colorists are always trying to mimic film with the addition of grain and “film look” LUTs in post. The latter usually ends up softening the image to reduce the sharpness of modern cameras.

These changes to an image are all done to create an aesthetic that better conveys the story a filmmaker is trying to tell.

But Mathieu Stern, a photographer and filmmaker from Paris, had an interesting idea. What he got was an image that conveyed a sense of nostalgia that would be hard to reproduce with modern gear.

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Author: Yaroslav Altunin
This article comes from No Film School and can be read on the original site.

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