‘Hawaii Five-0’: The cameras

Ever wonder how big productions achieve those beautiful visuals? Ever think about what goes into a scene that flows well?

Being a shooter, I’ve read “The Five C’s of Cinematography” and try to apply them in my own projects:

  • Camera Angles
  • Cutting
  • Composition
  • Close-Ups
  • Continuity

While story is key and technique play a key role in how a scene looks and feels, camera equipment, optics and production goodies help to add value to the shot.

Big, expensive cameras and sharp glass can cost a fortune, but you don’t need a lot of money to achieve a great picture. With the advent of DSLR cameras that shoot HD video, the gap is closing between large format cameras and prosumer level equipment.

CNET.com’s Brian Cooley was in Hawai’i to hang with the cast and crew of “Hawaii Five-0” and got to speak with Director of Photography Ron Garcia about the cameras being used in the CBS production:

Are you a shooter? Do you shoot large format cameras or DSLRs? Do you have any tricks for achiving a great picture? Any filters or editing tricks you use to make your scene stand out? I’d love to hear from you!