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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shooting video with DSLRs

Shooting video with DSLRs

Gone are the days when you would be using a camcorder for video shooting and another camera for taking photographs. There has been a paradigm shift in the last couple of years; all DSLRs are now equipped with video capturing mode and the best thing is most of them capture in full High Definition (HD) resolution of 1920 x 1080. Many manufacturers of popular point and shoot cameras also have included the video capture feature.

One of the popular applications of shooting videos is for industrial videos and corporate films.

Perhaps you have thought about shooting videos with your DSLR. Maybe you've even taken some baby steps towards this. You probably already know how to capture compelling images with your camera. To make the leap to shooting video, there are some additional things to consider. The good news is that your photography skills give you many of the building blocks necessary for shooting video.

Here is an article just for you, if you are a photographer who might want to start shooting video with your D-SLR:

It is important to master basic photography before shooting video; as the tools of photography offers all the basic tools required for shooting good video:

  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Color balance
  • ISO settings
  • F-stops
  • Focus
  • Lenses
  • Depth of field

These are the basics of photography and there are always more important and technical topics to be handled like looking at color, texture, patterns, line, space, and so on when shooting dynamic photos.

Begin to master those and photographers only really need to add one more skill to shooting video: camera and subject movement. The other issues deal with recording audio and utilizing an eyepiece for outdoor shooting.

Camera movement

Photography means "writing with light", while cinematography - the art of photographing cinema projects - means "writing with motion (and light)."

Fundamentally, videographers aren't just working with one frame or a series of frames to tell a visual story, but they're dealing with 24 (or 30 frames) per second.

Here are the four options when considering camera movement:

  • Camera remains still and subject remains still
  • Camera remains still and the subject moves
  • Camera moves and the subject remain still
  • Camera moves and the subject moves

It's up to you to decide which permutation to use for each shot. But there must be a way to know when you could move the camera.

Don't move a camera just for the sake of moving it. If the scene you're shooting is mostly still, then choose to move the camera at the climax of the scene - at the moment it really counts.

On the other hand, if the camera moves a lot during a scene, than lock it down during the climactic moment. There's also the consideration of when the subject moves from one point to another.

One of the biggest advantages of using a DSLR for video shooting is the range of lenses available. You already have collected some lenses for the photography, now just upgrading the camera to the latest version with video shooting capability with open your vistas in the world of video shooting.

In the recent times, even professional cinematographers have started using camera like Canon 5D & Canon 7D for shooting cinema quality footages. With advancement in post processing, it becomes possible to create the final ’cinematic’ effect film.

Sunday, August 12, 2012