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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.
Audio or sound is not something most photographers think about. If you were simply photographing some dancers, you would not think much about the sound and you would still have a good-looking set of images. So let's take a look at some stills without audio. [00:00:17 .89] Maybe you would have liked to have heard some music along with those photos but frankly, you can look at them and enjoy what you see without any sounds.
Now, let's try that with video. Not the same. We really miss having some sound or audio with video. You're going to need to have something with your video at all times. If the sounds from your location are inappropriate to what you are shooting, then you may end up using music or some other sounds playing with your video, but you're still going to be aware of the audio both as you shoot and as you put your video together. As we discussed in an earlier chapter, you cannot capture anything on video that is not in front of your lens.
That's not true with audio. Audio is happening all around you, and it will be picked up by your microphone. Let's play back that video clip but this time with some audio. (Music playing. Feet shuffling and snapping.) Now suppose there were some sounds that we didn't expect and didn't hear while shooting. Let's take a look at how extraneous sounds might affect the shot. (Music playing) (Car horn honking) You can hear and see from that clip that what you don't see can still be very important as you're recording video.
One of the things that you must be aware of as you are shooting video is the sound around you, not just the sound in front of you. Let's take a look at example of interviewing one of the dancers. Female speaker: Swing dancing brings you together. It brings you to a simple time where the roles are defined. One person follows, one person leads, and there is only three things that matter and it's the music, the dance floor, and your partner, and you just forget everything else. Rob Sheppard: Not bad.
Notice that the sound of the dancer is clear and understandable. I will be giving you more tips on getting better audio in another movie in this program. Right now, I want you to become aware of the sounds around you because that will do a lot for helping you get better video and audio. So let's play that interview again with something else. Female Speaker: For many people who swing dance-- (phone rings through dialogue) the vintage lifestyle, the vintage clothing. It's all part of the preservation of what they love.
So they want to dress, they want to dress the dance, they want to dance the dance, live the dance, their home, their car, everything. Some people will take it to that extreme. Rob: What a difference, right? That's what I mean by how important audio is. Both of those interviews were shot in exactly the same way. Yet notice how the video from that last segment did not look as good. That is a common reaction that we have to video when the audio is not adequate.
Poor audio will hurt your video. Audio is very important to video. You don't have to stress over it because there are some things that you can do to make this easy. But the key is you need to be aware of how important sound is to video and how it is all around us.
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