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Book and accompanying DVD with over six hours of video training—all geared to teach you everything about shooting video with your DSLR
With the arrival of high-definition video-enabled DSLR cameras, photographers are faced with an opportunity for creativity and a competitive edge in their field unlike anything they’ve experienced before. Add to that the expanding demands from a video-hungry audience and it’s no longer a matter of if you are going to add video to your repertoire of skills, it’s when.
Here to guide you in a thorough exploration of the video-making process — from preproduction to post — and to ease your transition from still to motion are four veterans who speak the language of both photography and video fluently. With their clear, instructive approach, they quickly get you up to speed on everything from picking your gear, to properly lighting for motion, to using professional-level audio, color correction, and editing techniques, to media management and outputting, and much more. Here are just a few highlights from this richly illustrated, completely interactive book and DVD:
- Explores the entire spectrum of video for DSLR camera owners, with recommendations on gear, planning, lighting, lenses, audio, editing, color correcting, exporting, media management, and more.
- Covers a wide variety of shooting styles, including indoor, outdoor, studio, portrait, event, and available light.
- Addresses technical challenges associated with DSLR video, such as camera movement, multiple camera coverage, low-light videography, and synchronized sound.
- Explores additional creative techniques such as stop motion and timelapse photography in depth.
- Includes a real-world example of a music video and promo package throughout the book to demonstrate concepts in action, with additional profiles of photography experts in nature, sports, commercial, and weddings and events.
The accompanying DVD contains over 6 hours of video training that delves deeper into each topic, as well as high-definition footage, hands-on project files, and templates to experiment with and follow along.
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Professional photographers are evolving and adding video to their list of offerings to clients. Driving the evolution is the need for competitive advantage and creative exploration. With the addition of high definition video capabilities to the latest batch of DSLR cameras, photographers have a convenient and familiar tool to fully embrace the new world of video. But video is very different than photography, with new challenges and technology to master.
Here to guide them on all aspects of video—from preproduction to post—are four veterans of film, video, and photography. Not only do the authors create video projects seen around the world, they speak the language of photography fluently and will ease the reader’s transition from still to motion. Within the book, readers will learn how to plan their shoots, what gear they'll need, how to properly light for motion, how to achieve professional-level audio, the specifics on color-correction and editing footage, various options for output, and artistic techniques such as stop-motion and time-lapse photography.
The accompanying DVD contains 6 hours of video training that delves even deeper on each topic. Visual learners can also work right alongside the authors as they put together their own projects or use the accompanying high-definition files included on the disc. To demonstrate all the concepts in action, a full, real-world example from a music video and artist promo package runs throughout the book. Additional interviews with expert photographers in diverse fields such as nature, fashion, commercial, wedding/event photography, and more, are included to give an array of professional experience.
About the Author
James Ball is a director of photography for HBO, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and PBS (onlinejamesball.com). His work ranges from feature-length documentary projects to dramatic features to corporate projects.
Robbie Carman is a professional colorist who works on broadcast television series. He is a principal at Amigo Media (amigomediallc.com), a well-known trainer, author, and speaker at industry conferences, and the Creative COW forum host for DSLR video and Apple Color.
Matt Gottshalk is the principal of McGee Digital Media (mcgeedigital.com), which specializes in cinema-style HD production and post. He is a lighting director and camera assistant for a variety of clients and an active member of the dvxuser.com community.
Richard Harrington is a director and editor. He is a Creative COW forum leader, a member of the NAPP Instructor Dream Team, and a popular author, trainer, and speaker.
Table of Contents
PART I: A New Way to Tell Stories
Chapter 1: So You Want to Make Movies? An Evolution of an Art Form
Chapter 2: Sequential Images: It's No Longer Just About the Shot
Chapter 3: Before You Roll: Planning for the Shoot
Chapter 4: Understanding Video: A Crash Course in Picture and Sound
PART II: Cinematic Lighting
Chapter 5: Playing with the Light: Bringing Your Subject to Life
Chapter 6: Using What You Got: Making the Most of Available Light
PROFILE: Bob Krist
Chapter 7: Budget Lighting: Make it Good, Fast, and Cheap
Chapter 8: Compact Lighting: Compact and Lightweight Solutions
PROFILE: Syl Arena
PART III: Gearing Up for Motion and Sound
Chapter 9: Camera Body: What to Choose When It's Video You Want
Chapter 10: Selecting Lenses: Cinema Has Different Demands On Your Glass
PROFILE: Chelsea Nicole
Chapter 11: Basic Camera Support: Get a Steady Shot
Chapter 12: Advanced Camera Support: Putting the Camera Into Motion
PROFILE: James Longley
Chapter 13: Audio is Half the Story: Great Sound is Essential
Chapter 14: Field Storage: Capture Securely
PART IV: Post Production
Chapter 15: Media Management
Chapter 16: Editing Picture and Sound
Chapter 17: Color Grading
Chapter 18: Publishing Your Video
PART V: Advanced Techniques
Chapter 19: Stop Motion Photography
Chapter 20: Time-lapse Photography