It was only a matter of time before someone discovered how cool image overlay on SmallHD monitors can be.
Cinematographer, Anthony Brown, is using the image overlay feature on his SmallHD 500 Series monitor to do some creatively awesome things in the name of composition.
The Image overlay function in #SmallHD #502 #Sidefinder and #702 monitors is the unsung hero of composition, here I uploaded a PNG with transparency into the images folder of my 502 and now I have a 16:9 Golden Spiral/Mean/Section to check the composition of my shot with, it would be great if #SmallHD made this a firmware feature but 30 mins in #photoshop to create versions of this with the spiral in each corner and the same again in some of the common aspect ratios isn't a hardship. I'd be willing to setup somewhere to download these image guides should anyone be interested. Should have the most common ones finished today
Similar to the Rule of Thirds, The Golden Mean is another framing guide (arguably more naturally dynamic), that can be used by photographers and cinematographers to create powerful compositions.
Anthony has provided a downloadable Golden Mean Pack filled with image overlays designed to be used with monitors capable of loading and displaying images over teal-time video (like the SmallHD 500, 700, and DP7-PRO Series).
Here are some notes about the pack from Anthony:
“There is a Phi grid for each aspect ratio and a Golden Spiral for each corner per aspect ratio in three colours (so as to give an alternative to the focus assist colour).
This isn’t a pack designed to make a rule about composition, it’s there to give an alternative to the other tools available (Thirds, Quadrants etc), these guides, whether in your eye piece or in your mind are there to support continuum of motion, cutting one shot to another within a scene that requires cohesion is kind of the point of a guide, it can dictate the relevant headroom, eye lines and screen space the talent takes up and helps a wide shot to a an extreme close up all share a relatable formula of composition. It also enables you to not shoot for the guide for off balance composition.
At the end of the day, if you don’t know what the rule is you can’t break it.