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The Trick Of Increasing The Image Quality – Matte Box

Beginners may feel confused about the various accessories of the advanced video photographers. Do they really helpful for video shooting? The answer is YES, but how to use it is totally due to the capacity of the users. Today, I will show you one of the most used accessories in DSLR video shooting – Matte Box.

 

The shading ability of itself is very limited, so you can always see it along with several French flags. By doing this, the shading ability leaps into a new level. If you are shooting in the natural environment, most of the lights are coming from the top, so one flag will be enough. While shooting in the studio or other complicated lights environments, more flags are needed to shade the unnecessary and useless lights.

 

Most of matte boxes are coming with two square filters. The dimension is due to the size of mattebox. Some of them are even rotatable with slot for the convenience of using GND, CPL, etc.

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Big size mattebox always equipped on the DSLR video stabilizer due to the heavy weight while the small ones can be freely used on the lens as the lens hood. All lenses have certain expansion while using: zooming of zoom lens and focusing of prime lens. At this time, you need keep an eye if your matte box is equipped on the stabilizer as the lens may run over the filters. The is no such problem to the ones installed on the lens.

 

Mattebox is one of necessary equipments in movie shooting. However, the too big matte box is not practical to the beginners. Besides, the expensive and heavy matte box is not very suitable and convenient for handle or shoulder support system. Small and lightweight matte box is more suitable for the beginners.

 

Consider about the function of matte box, the quality requirement is not as strict as other accessories. It is hard to use the complicated studio lighting devices for the beginners. More common condition is the natural environment or simple light condition. At this time, you can let your assistant or friend use a paperboard as a mattebox, or you can purchase a French flag as a substitute.

 

Someone choose to DIY matte box but I won’t recommend for the beginners. Choose the professional ones from Koolertron and then you may start the way of DIY matte box that more suitable for your personal uses.

 

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