Want to start ex­per­i­ment­ing with HD DSLR video? Adapt your pho­to­graphic ex­per­tise for pro­fes­sional re­sults

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

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

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