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Best Color Jacket for Video/Photography?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
So I'm about to order myself a Theta AR jacket from Arc'teryx, and I'm wonder if there are colors that should be avoided because they don't show up well in video or pictures.

I was skiing with the guys from that Subaru Ski NW show last season, and I think I remember the camera guy saying that bright colors such as red don't do well in video? Or was it dark colors such as blue?

Are there any video/photo pros out there that can help me out?
post #2 of 17
It all depends on the aperature of your camera lense, the ammount of light from behind and above.
I would avoid the red jacket, the other colors seem to be fine (if you decide to pick a different jacket, yellow is a huge no!) set your camera for outdoor, high light. What kind of camera, I will give you all the details.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Nothing professional ... just point and click digital cameras and digital camcorders. I really don't have much of a color preference myself, but I do tend to do lots of video analysis, so I figured I'd base my color choice on what shows up best in video. Based on your comments, I think I'll go with their eclipse (dark blue) color???
post #4 of 17
That will work great, but if you send me the model # and brand and name of your camera, I will give you detailed instructions on how to get the best shots.
post #5 of 17
There had to be one to disagree now didn't there?

I have had very nice video and still pictures with both Red and Yellow. As a matter of fact, they are superior. Green is also good.

What is lacking is Grey, Blue and White.
post #6 of 17
Red is a great color for film, but it compresses poorly under JPEG/MPEG compression -- which means it doesn't look as good if taken by a digital camera or stored on a DVD. Specific losses vary by model and exact settings used to compress, so some cameras may not suffer as much as others.

Beyond that, bright colors and dark colors generally look much nicer than intermediates. Whites and greys can get lost, while brights and darks will stand out from the snow and background.
post #7 of 17
Red used to tend to smear in video. I haven;t seen any problems with it in a long time. It also looks great in color pics. Having said that I am not teh flashy type and would never wear a red shell.
post #8 of 17
The arcteryx orange color in the theta jacket shows up the best. Dark blues show up well under strong sunlight but make you look like a rock under overcast
post #9 of 17
I'm not sure about video, but with still photography you can end up with a silhouette effect on bright days if someone is wearing darker colors. They can also blend in too much if there are trees behind them.

Like this taken of one of the guys on our cat skiing trip last year:


Reds and Oranges stand out against snow, trees and sky.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the feedback on this, guys ... I appreciate it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SkiStarr90
That will work great, but if you send me the model # and brand and name of your camera, I will give you detailed instructions on how to get the best shots.
My personal camera is a Olympus Stylus 400.
post #11 of 17
Im not farmilur w/ that one sorry.
post #12 of 17
I have the Olympus stylus 400.

Good points - weather resistant, small enough to easily fit in pocket, 4 megapixel.

Bad points - sucks for action, you have to leave time to depress the shutter button 1/2 way and give the camera time to fous before shooting.

The menu is on the screen and almost impossible to read in bright sunlight.

It does ok on the video mode, no audio. BUt if your primary use is for video - get a video camera.
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by MattL
I'm not sure about video, but with still photography you can end up with a silhouette effect on bright days if someone is wearing darker colors. They can also blend in too much if there are trees behind them.

Like this taken of one of the guys on our cat skiing trip last year:


Reds and Oranges stand out against snow, trees and sky.
I agree. Wear red:



And Swami also in Fat Santa red:

post #14 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by crank
Red used to tend to smear in video. I haven;t seen any problems with it in a long time. It also looks great in color pics. Having said that I am not teh flashy type and would never wear a red shell.
Like I said, it does depend on the equipment as much as anything else. A lot of the cheaper DVD players sold today still can't play Toy Story without screwing up all the reds, but a good deck ought to play it just fine...

I would think a red/black or bright blue/black jacket would be best, as it could provide contrast against almost any background. But I'm guessing there.
post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkiStarr90
It all depends on the aperature of your camera lense, the ammount of light from behind and above.
I would avoid the red jacket, the other colors seem to be fine (if you decide to pick a different jacket, yellow is a huge no!) set your camera for outdoor, high light. What kind of camera, I will give you all the details.
Im sorry but you could not be more worng. Bright colors work best, Avoid anything that is blue, light shades I.E. tan or off white.

Red, Yellow, and Orange work best. Camera lenses and the aperature have nothing to do with what colors show up best providing it is correctly exposed in the first place.

BTW Say Hi to Jerry and Jake for me.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Super tight! I ordered a sangria (aka red) Theta AR jacket and cinder (aka dark grey) Theta SK pant from Arc'teryx this morning. That was before I read the most recent posts here, so I'm glad that I made the right choice!

Let's hear it for ski outfits in the four-figure price range! Yaaaaaaaaaay!
post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by A-Town
Super tight! I ordered a sangria (aka red) Theta AR jacket
That's what yours truly is sporting in the above photo. Arcteryx Theta AR in Sangria in a snug fitting XL.
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