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What video can do for you

From: Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR

Video: What video can do for you

I am really excited about the possibilities of shooting video with a DSLR and I hope you are too. My goal is to make all of this a littlest less intimidating, so that you feel comfortable going out and shooting your own videos. I want to show you a simple and short video I have shot and put together with a DSLR, and here it is. (Jazz music playing) One reason this particular video grabs your attention is because of the subject matter obviously. But that would not gain your attention if the video had been shot from a distance and didn't make you feel like you're right in there with the dancers.

What video can do for you

I am really excited about the possibilities of shooting video with a DSLR and I hope you are too. My goal is to make all of this a littlest less intimidating, so that you feel comfortable going out and shooting your own videos. I want to show you a simple and short video I have shot and put together with a DSLR, and here it is. (Jazz music playing) One reason this particular video grabs your attention is because of the subject matter obviously. But that would not gain your attention if the video had been shot from a distance and didn't make you feel like you're right in there with the dancers.

This was shot with a DSLR, a few lenses, a shotgun mic, and a video head on a tripod. all things that are readily available to any photographer. I would not expect you to go out and record swing dancers, but I have a feeling that you have subjects that you really care about. Subjects that would look great when shot on video. Caring about your subject in some way is important for video, because the viewer is going to be seeing lots of different things about that subject even if you are only doing a short video.

Learning to work with your camera's strengths and limitations, rather than struggling against it, will help you immensely and that's where practice comes in. So, get ready to have fun and get out and shoot some video and really enjoy the process, because video can be a fun way to work with your DSLR.

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Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR

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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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