01.03.2012

Learning to shoot video with your DSLR

As a visual artist (photographer) I am always eager to learn new fields of image presentations. In my eyes, video is exactly that: a visual presentation of images... but moving images. So, many of the rules and basics of photography do apply. The difference to me is that a still image has only limited space to tell the story, the video has got some more time to do the same. But both of them take the same to appeal your eyes: they have to tell the story with good images!
So, the still images challenge you to tell your story at one glimpse... and the video challenges you to keep the viewer some time stuck on the moving images. As far as this goes, both of them are just technical platforms for the same.
While getting deeper into the video field you, as an photographer, will find out that there are some tiny, new, technical details that you have to learn in order to produce as good moving images as your still images are. You have to learn how to set-up your DSLR, how to manage your settings, how to think in moving images and last, but not least, how to post-edit the raw material.
I am new in this video field... and perhaps you´re, too. So, I found a very good serie of video-tutorials that will help you learn the basics of shooting video with your DSLR. Remember, shooting classy videos with a DSLR is different than just pointing your Mobile and pushing record... or recording on your classic video-camera.
Shooting with DSLR has got some major advantages comparing to these:

- you can switch your lenses and enjoy the whole range of Zooms and even Fish-Eye
- you can achieve the magical shallow depth of field
- your videos will just have the professional look you will never achieve with the other devices

If you´re interested in getting into shooting video with your DSLR then I recommend you to take a look at this serie of short videos made by jL on Vimeo:

Part 1: Introduction

Part 1: Introduction from --jL on Vimeo.

Part 2: Lense Assembly

Part 2: Lens assembly from --jL on Vimeo.

Part 3: On-Off, recording, movie mode

Part 3: On-off, recording, movie mode from --jL on Vimeo.

Part 4: Focal Lenght, Prime vs Zoom

Part 4: Focal Length & Prime VS Zoom from --jL on Vimeo.

Part 5: Perspective

Part 5: Perspective from --jL on Vimeo.

Part 6: Shutter Speed and FPS

Part 6: Shutter Speed & FPS from --jL on Vimeo.

Part 7: Aperture

Part 7: Aperture from --jL on Vimeo.

Part 8: Depth of Field

Part 8: Depth of Field from --jL on Vimeo.

Part 9: ISO

Part 9: ISO from --jL on Vimeo.

Part 10: White Balance

Part 10: White Balance T2i from --jL on Vimeo.

I hope you liked it!

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