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Want to start experimenting with HD DSLR video? Adapt your photographic expertise for professional results
The addition of HD video recording to DSLRs was a revolution that has left a lasting mark on both the photographic and film-making markets. It is unfortunate therefore that many photographers do not attempt to work the production of video into their normal shooting schedule. This is most likely because of the perceived differences between the two media and the sensation of having to re-learn the operation of our cameras. It is advisable to get comfortable with a camera model and it is reassuring to know how it will react in every circumstance, and it can therefore be unnerving when presented with a new set of rules and procedures to follow. While it is true that photographers and videographers must approach shooting conditions a little differently, both forms of imaging are now more interchangeable than ever and can add to our overall skillset as creators if we take the time to work with both.
The key benefit of DSLR video shooting is that of a familiar control layout – the basic camera operation is the same, so we can access and alter settings just as we would when shooting still images. This familiarity extends to post-production, where it is now possible to edit video clips in Photoshop and other similar applications using most of the same tools as in RAW or JPEG file manipulation. DSLR bodies are also far lighter and more portable than traditional, dedicated video cameras, meaning that it is simple to incorporate movie photography in our ordinary photoshoot process.
There are of course challenges to be aware of, namely the way shutter speed, aperture and ISO can be used to control exposure. While these all serve the same function as in still photography, the way they can be used is subtly different. Since lighting cannot be supplemented by flash and changing shutter speed between clips is not always advisable, this can leave the videographer with an aperture that is unsuitable for creative purposes. Use of ND filters can help permit wider f-numbers for shallow depth of field, and an investment in a video LED light panel will help keep noise to a minimum.
“Photography and videography are now more interchangeable than ever and can add to our overall skillset as creators”
Below CAPTURE THE MOMENT When on location, having video skills at your disposal can give you greater scope for conveying atmosphere and energy, rather than relying solely on still images