Tutorials: Video Photography

Movies can portray moments in a way that complements your still photos. The combination of sight and sound makes videos perfect for capturing memorable moments; whether it is the first steps of a child or a wedding.

Many EOS cameras now have the ability to record movies. With their large image sensors and interchangeable lenses, they are now being used to create movies for film and television. Directors like the shallow depth-of-field that is possible, not to mention the low cost compared to professional camcorders.

Taking good videos is not difficult but it requires a different approach to still photography. In this tutorial we will describe how a few simple steps will make your videos stand out for years to come. The areas covered include:
• Learn from others
• Tell a story
• Frame rates
• Lighting
• Adding sound
• Editing your movie
• Try out what you’ve learnt and share it!

Learn from others
If you haven’t taken videos before it can be a little daunting to get started. But don’t let that put you off; recording digitally means that you can review your videos immediately and learn as you shoot. You can also look at how professional videos are created; some of the most effective videos produced are between the programmes on TV – the adverts. An advert has to pack a complete message into a 20, 30 or 60 second slot. Does it do this with a lot of camera movement? How long is the average shot? How important is the sound? You can learn a lot from these mini-stories.

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