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Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR

Understanding the importance of audio


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Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR

with 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

Video: Understanding the importance of audio

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.

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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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Rob Sheppard

Understanding the importance of audio

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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