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From: Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR

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You have now completed a journey through shooting video with a DSLR. Shooting video can be a lot of fun. It's something highly different than still photography. Now you can capture movement and sound and put it all together in stories about the world all around you. I know that I've talked about some things that are things that you're not used to doing all the time. It will take a little time and effort to master all of these techniques. But think about it. When you first started shooting still photos, you didn't master all that in a short time either.

Stay focused

You have now completed a journey through shooting video with a DSLR. Shooting video can be a lot of fun. It's something highly different than still photography. Now you can capture movement and sound and put it all together in stories about the world all around you. I know that I've talked about some things that are things that you're not used to doing all the time. It will take a little time and effort to master all of these techniques. But think about it. When you first started shooting still photos, you didn't master all that in a short time either.

Have fun while you're shooting. Enjoy the experience of learning this new medium. You may find it challenging at first to go back and forth between shooting video and shooting still photos. You may decide to do only one or the other at a time. That's okay. You'll find that dealing with video and shooting both video and stills becomes easier the more that you do it. So just do it. And as you shoot, you might want to give yourself some assignments. I think that's a great thing to do with video.

Pick some sort of subject that you are familiar and comfortable with, then shoot a whole variety of video on just that subject. Remember the different shot types, movement, and watch your sound. And put that together as a short video. To put your video together, you will need to learn a bit about editing your video. I think that one of the easiest and best programs for the average photographer is Adobe's Premiere Elements. It's also relatively inexpensive, under a $100. The most recent version is available for both Macs and PCs.

You can learn more about that in Premiere Elements Essential Training here at lynda.com. But most of all, get out and shoot. Have some fun and explore what video can do with your DSLR.

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Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR

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Rob Sheppard
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  1. 2m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. What video can do for you
      1m 27s
  2. 23m 13s
    1. Stopping time in photography vs. recording over time with video
      4m 14s
    2. Shooting for movement over time
      3m 58s
    3. Composing for constantly changing visuals
      4m 42s
    4. Adjusting to shooting for a non-RAW medium
      3m 26s
    5. Understanding resolution for video
      3m 36s
    6. Choosing a video frame rate
      3m 17s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Comparing DSLRs with traditional camcorders
      6m 18s
    2. Comparing sensor sizes among DSLR cameras
      5m 26s
    3. Considering noise when comparing sensor sizes
      3m 8s
    4. Choosing memory cards and batteries
      3m 33s
    5. Understanding video tripods
      6m 10s
    6. Working with other camera supports
      3m 19s
    7. Using focusing aids for shooting video
      5m 29s
    8. Choosing lighting gear
      3m 58s
  4. 26m 23s
    1. Adjusting how you shoot
      6m 11s
    2. Limited "fixing" of images
      3m 42s
    3. Understanding the challenge of shutter speed
      3m 56s
    4. Getting the right exposure
      6m 59s
    5. Setting the right white balance
      5m 35s
  5. 19m 39s
    1. Understanding the importance of audio
      4m 5s
    2. Learning to work with sound
      4m 54s
    3. Gearing up for audio
      7m 19s
    4. Recording with external audio gear
      3m 21s
  6. 33m 56s
    1. Basic shooting
      6m 12s
    2. Shooting video to tell a story
      7m 27s
    3. Shooting for coverage
      4m 52s
    4. Understanding how to shoot movement
      4m 10s
    5. Shooting the moving subject
      4m 17s
    6. Creating movement
      6m 58s
  7. 6m 57s
    1. Preparing for the edit
      6m 57s
  8. 1m 47s
    1. Stay focused
      1m 47s

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