This can be viewed from many angles. If you think the belief that you can dispense with a mattebox is bad, you can see how bad the increasing belief that sound can be done by anyone is. Although I intend to get one, a mattebox has not been an item without which a project cannot be shot. There are narrative, non-silent films/tv being made now where they won't hire a mixer (or will try to do so at a fraction of the rate paid to someone with a fraction of the responsibility, like an AC). Camera guys with mics on the cameras help to give that impression.
The histogram certainly makes getting the explore correct but it doesn't factor in all the ratio with in the sceen. I still rely on my light meter and then expose to get the most out of the raw image.
I am going to post on of my best kept secrets for everyone...You want a great light weight matte box for canon nikon etc. lenses that holds filters shades etc. without using rods?? and doesn't hurt your pockets. Stay off ebay ..because I own 2 of them and they have been out for years.
Matte box = light control.
Everyone seems to be discussing outdoor applications with MB's.
Another question to consider ....how many studio/interiors setups will you be likely doing? In my opinion light control in these environments is critical to quality of image. Especially with multiple light sources, you need to control light spill on the lens, particularly with back light ( drops to one knee & crosses himself ).
I appreciate the budget argument but given the price of MBs I'm sure even the skint..est of us Scarlet owners can afford a solution. My only advice would be to steer clear of anything with Foam donuts, they're craptacular, giving you nothing but frustration & time lost on set.
In regards to going "guerilla"ie low key . Man your shooting with a Scarlet X with RED plastered all over it !!. I'm continually amazed by the recognition of this brand name by nobodies..".hey isnt that the camera used to shoot GWTDT"....groan. The best way to go low key is maybe to shoot with a DLSR or put Scarlet in a cardboard box with a hole cutout! ..............Hang on now's there a cheap low key MB solution.
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