KEY SET­TINGS

Tech­ni­cal points to bear in mind when shoot­ing video

Digital Photograper - - Video Skills -

STAY MAN­UAL

It’s best to set the shut­ter, aper­ture and iSo be­fore you start a clip. us­ing man­ual mode means you’ll avoid the ex­po­sure au­to­mat­i­cally chang­ing half­way through.

FRAME RATES

The frame rate will af­fect the feel of your footage. 25fps will give you a more cine­matic qual­ity, whereas 50fps will look more fluid and suit fast­mov­ing sub­jects, like wildlife.

SET THE SHUT­TER

If you’re shoot­ing with a pre­dom­i­nantly stills cam­era, such as a DSLR, match your shut­ter speed to your frame rate to avoid choppy footage. For ex­am­ple, at 30 fps, use 1/60sec.

MAN­UAL FO­CUS

Us­ing the cam­era’s aut­o­fo­cus dur­ing film­ing of­ten means that it hunts around for a sub­ject. Fo­cus man­u­ally so that it re­mains in the same place through­out the clip.

WHITE BAL­ANCE

Set the cam­era’s white bal­ance man­u­ally in­stead of us­ing the au­to­matic mode. Auto will change in be­tween shots, tak­ing you much longer to match shots at the edit­ing stage.

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