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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
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.