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- 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
Skill Level Beginner
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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