Mastering HD Video with Your DSLR

Overview

Many of the newest DSLRs include HD video capability, and while the interest from the photography community was initially cool, we have seen a recent shift. Photographers are beginning to explore the video capabilities of their cameras and want to learn about the art and craft of creating high quality video.

This book takes photographers through video concepts, video features of their DSLRs, equipment needed to shoot video, to understanding the restrictions, problems, and ...

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Overview

Many of the newest DSLRs include HD video capability, and while the interest from the photography community was initially cool, we have seen a recent shift. Photographers are beginning to explore the video capabilities of their cameras and want to learn about the art and craft of creating high quality video.

This book takes photographers through video concepts, video features of their DSLRs, equipment needed to shoot video, to understanding the restrictions, problems, and pitfalls of shooting video with a DSLR. Learn how to capture and edit video footage, to achieve the unique "motion picture look" and effects not possible with standard digital video equipment. Examples, video clips, and other useful materials are on the DVD included with the book.

Photographers who are ready to give HD video a serious try, as well as videographers interested in exploring the possibilities of DSLRs for their work will find this book an indispensable source of technical know-how and inspiration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933952604
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,352,560
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Helmut Kraus is director of the design agency exclam! and is visiting professor of design at University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf, where he lectures in the theory and practice of digital photography.He is the author of many books and articles on the subjects of design and photography and is a pioneering observer of the development of digital communications and productivity tools. He considers the high-speed evolution of the visual media-typified by digital image creation and processing-to be one of the most exciting aspects of life in the early 21st century.

Uwe Steinmueller, a native of Germany, has been a photographer since 1973. His first exhibitions were in 1978 in Bremen, Germany with photos from Venice, South Tirol, Germany, and France. He shares a joint copyright with his wife Bettina. Uwe moved to California in 1997 and began working seriously in digital photography in 1999. He currently lives and works in San Jose. He has written a number of books, two of which won the prestigious, German "Fotobuchpreis" award two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005. Uwe is the man behind outbackphoto.com, a popular website covering quality outdoor photography using digital cameras.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 2

Basics 6

Video Formats and Resolution

Frame Rates and Refresh Rates 9

Data Formats and Data Compression 17

Storage Media 19

Image Sensor Size 22

Types of Sensor 28

Equipment 38

Types of Camera 39

Lenses 40

Using Video Lights and Reflectors 53

Tripods 55

Using Microphones 58

Other Useful Gadgets 59

Dedicated Video Accessories for DSLRs 65

Shooting Techniques 70

From Concept to Finished Film 71

Choosing Your Location 71

Selecting Focal Length 73

Aperture and Depth of Field 84

Distance Settings 85

Exposure and White Balance 87

Shutter Speeds 89

Tripod or Handheld? 90

Time-lapse Sequences 91

Stop Motion Sequences 93

SlowMotion 94

Video as an Extension of the Photographic Medium 95

Avoiding Errors 101

Ten Rules for Shooting Better Video 116

Legal Issues 119

Sound 122

Microphones 124

Microphone Technology 126

Microphone Accessories 129

Avoiding Background Noise 133

Dedicated Microphone Accessories for DSLRs 137

Four Basic Rules for Capturing Great Sound 137

Dubbing Sound 138

Editing and Post-Processing 140

Mac OS and Windows 143

Editing Software (iMovie & Co) 144

Preparing Your Material 146

Creating and Editing a Sequence 156

Using Photos in a Video Sequence 161

10 Rules for Producing Great Edits 162

Export Formats 164

Presenting Your Work 166

Online Presentation 167

Presenting Your Work on Your own Website 170

Hardware 171

Sound 179

Moving from Still Photography to Video 180

Entering the New World of Video 181

Telling Your Stories 182

Working without a Script 183

Editing 183

Important Technical Issue to Consider 183

Shooting Clips 187

Overall Workflow 194

Editing Basics 202

Creatjng Your own Look 221

Addinig Sound 222

Export Your Video 222

Post-Processing and Adding Effects 224

Showing Your videos 226

Conclusion 227

Useful Links 228

Index 230

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