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David Busch’s dSLR Movie Shooting Compact Field Guide

Book Description

As most new camera owners know, the latest models of today's digital SLR cameras can capture HD video as well as still images. But the camera manuals offer little specific guidance on how to shoot good video. DAVID BUSCH'S DSLR MOVIE SHOOTING COMPACT FIELD GUIDE is a concise reference loaded with detailed tips and techniques for shooting video with today's popular digital SLR cameras. The book explains the purpose and function of the dSLR's basic movie controls and makes clear the sometimes confusing world of file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, autofocus modes, frame rates, storyboards, lighting, audio, and much more. Packed with easy-to-access, color-coded information, clear descriptions and recommendations, and a broad range of illustrations and examples, this book will take the mystery out of making movies with your dSLR, no matter which popular camera model or brand you own.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. About the Authors
  6. Chapter 1: Quick Setup Guide
    1. Batteries
    2. Choosing Video Resolution
    3. Choosing Frame Rate
    4. Choosing a Memory Card Best for Video
    5. The Shutter Speed Challenge
    6. Your Zoom Might Not Be What You Expect with Video
    7. Autoexposure and Auto White Balance Challenges
    8. Better Sound from the Start
    9. Basic Shooting Tips
  7. Chapter 2: Typical Controls
    1. Turning Video On
    2. Choosing Video Resolution and Frames Per Second (fps)
    3. Turning Audio On or Off
    4. Setting Exposure
    5. Setting White Balance
    6. Focus Options and Challenges
    7. Avoiding Bouncy Video
    8. Video and Great Features of Digital SLRs
  8. Chapter 3: Important Accessories
    1. Have Enough Batteries
    2. Enough Memory Cards
    3. ND Filter
    4. A Sturdy Tripod
    5. Fluid Head
    6. Monopod
    7. Beanbag
    8. Shoulder and Chest Rigs
    9. External Microphone
  9. Chapter 4: Planning and Shooting Your Movie
    1. The Basic Montage
    2. Creating Stories
    3. How You Approach Shooting Photography
    4. How You Approach Shooting Video
    5. Find and Shoot for a Beginning, Middle, and End
    6. Show, Don’t Tell
    7. The Narrative Story
    8. The Event Story
    9. Details of a Person, Place, or Thing
    10. Planning Your Shots and Angles
    11. Variety Is Key
    12. Cutaways
    13. Special Shots for People
    14. Video Is a Moving Medium
    15. Movement of the Subject
    16. Movement of the Camera
    17. No Seasickness
    18. Jump Cuts
    19. Improving Your Movies with Better Framing and Composition
  10. Chapter 5: Making the Most of Lighting
    1. People See Differently Than the Camera Sees
    2. Continuity and Light
    3. Shooting in the Sun
    4. Shooting in the Shade
    5. Shooting When It Is Cloudy
    6. Shooting in Low Light
    7. Creating Your Own Lighting
    8. Lights and Lighting Gear
  11. Chapter 6: Editing Your Movie
    1. The Basics
    2. Putting Sequences Together
    3. Working with Audio
    4. Using Music
    5. Video-Editing Software
  12. Chapter 7: Shooting Tips
    1. 10 Key Movie Shooting Tips
    2. Shooting Video for Specific Subjects
  13. Index