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Understanding how to shoot movement


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Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR

with Rob Sheppard

Video: Understanding how to shoot movement

Video is about movement. If all you show viewers were a bunch of non- moving images, you would simply have a slideshow. Nothing wrong with a slideshow, but that's not what video is all about. In this movie I am going to talk about the basics of movement. Sure, you could take your camera and follow your subject around and get all sorts of movement, but when you do that, you may find that your end result is not watchable. That kind of movement when it's played back on the screen tends to make viewers seasick. So let's get started by looking for simple movement of your subject.
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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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Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR
2h 31m Intermediate Mar 21, 2011

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In Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR, photographer and videographer Rob Sheppard provides the essential foundation that photographers need to make the leap from still pictures to moving ones. From technical considerations, such as audio and frame rates, to aesthetic issues, such as composition and story development, this course presents concepts and techniques photographers need to get the best results from their gear and learn the art of video-based storytelling. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding video resolution and frame rates
  • Comparing DSLRs and camcorders
  • Choosing equipment, from tripods to memory cards to lights
  • Achieving the right exposure
  • Working with shutter speed limitations
  • Setting white balance
  • Recording better audio with an external microphone
  • Incorporating movement and storytelling into video
  • Preparing for video editing
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Photography Cameras + Gear Video DSLR Video
Author:
Rob Sheppard

Understanding how to shoot movement

Video is about movement. If all you show viewers were a bunch of non- moving images, you would simply have a slideshow. Nothing wrong with a slideshow, but that's not what video is all about. In this movie I am going to talk about the basics of movement. Sure, you could take your camera and follow your subject around and get all sorts of movement, but when you do that, you may find that your end result is not watchable. That kind of movement when it's played back on the screen tends to make viewers seasick. So let's get started by looking for simple movement of your subject.

If you start looking for movement, you will find it, but you have to get in the mindset of looking for movement. Now obviously it's pretty easy shooting these dancers when they're dancing because there's lots of movement. But to get you started thinking about movement and change, we're going to look at them not dancing and see what kind of movement we can find there, because when you can find movement anywhere, you can get better video. Now it's important to think about this because you've got to put together lots of pieces of a video in a final edited piece.

When you do that, if you've got these very still shots that have no movement whatsoever, you're going to have some problems with editing. So, having some movement is really helpful. So right now they are talking and I am going to start recording. As I record, I want to not just record and say, Oh, I got some movement. I want to keep recording until I see something really interesting happening in that movement. Sometimes that'll happen in a few seconds, sometimes you might have to let the camera just roll for a while so that you make sure that you catch something interesting in their movement.

Then once you figure that you have had enough and something that you can be able to use, you can turn your camera off. Now one of the things to keep in mind about that is that you're not going to use a huge long piece of video, but you need it so that you can get the right movement, so you capture that long amount but you're only using the piece that really works. But you've got to keep shooting to get it. All right! Let's go back to actually shooting the dancers doing some dance. One of the things to keep in mind when you're shooting a specific action is to start shooting before the movement starts if you can.

Then be sure you shoot the ending parts of the movement along with the actual stopping of the action itself if it stops. If you catch movement late, keep shooting until it finishes or you've shot long enough to know that it's going to keep going and you don't need that. It is really helpful in video editing to have both the beginning and ending of a movement. If you're shooting something quick such as action in a soccer game, then that beginning and ending movement may all be in one shot. The key, however, is that you are shooting from before the movement starts until after the movement ends.

Let's see how that works with a dance movement. So I am going to have them do a little number here and I am going to get a wider shot, so we can actually see them, and so you guys would get ready, and I am going to start recording before they actually start doing the dance move and go ahead. Now notice they ended and I did not stop recording. I am going to stop recording now because you need to be sure you have gotten enough of the shot. So I will always do the extra because when you're editing, you cut that off. No big deal.

It's easy to cut something off. You can't add something you never captured. Once you start looking for movement though, whatever it is, and it's a whole range of action, whether it's a little bit of movement or big movement, you will find you will be naturally recording these very things. Keep in mind that you're also looking for change. In general, change will give movement. Movement doesn't have to fill up your whole image area but it is very helpful to your video when all of your clips have at least a little bit of movement in them.

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