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From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR

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From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR


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  • Copyright 2010
  • Dimensions: 8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 336
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-70211-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-70211-1

Book and accompanying DVD with over six hours of video training—all geared to teach you everything about shooting video with your DSLR

With the arrival of high-definition video-enabled DSLR cameras, photographers are faced with an opportunity for creativity and a competitive edge in their field unlike anything they’ve experienced before. Add to that the expanding demands from a video-hungry audience and it’s no longer a matter of if you are going to add video to your repertoire of skills, it’s when.

Here to guide you in a thorough exploration of the video-making process — from preproduction to post — and to ease your transition from still to motion are four veterans who speak the language of both photography and video fluently. With their clear, instructive approach, they quickly get you up to speed on everything from picking your gear, to properly lighting for motion, to using professional-level audio, color correction, and editing techniques, to media management and outputting, and much more. Here are just a few highlights from this richly illustrated, completely interactive book and DVD:

  • Explores the entire spectrum of video for DSLR camera owners, with recommendations on gear, planning, lighting, lenses, audio, editing, color correcting, exporting, media management, and more.
  • Covers a wide variety of shooting styles, including indoor, outdoor, studio, portrait, event, and available light.
  • Addresses technical challenges associated with DSLR video, such as camera movement, multiple camera coverage, low-light videography, and synchronized sound.
  • Explores additional creative techniques such as stop motion and timelapse photography in depth.
  • Includes a real-world example of a music video and promo package throughout the book to demonstrate concepts in action, with additional profiles of photography experts in nature, sports, commercial, and weddings and events.
The accompanying DVD contains over 6 hours of video training that delves deeper into each topic, as well as high-definition footage, hands-on project  files, and templates to experiment with and follow along.

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Creating Video with Your DSLR: Playing with the Light: Bringing Your Subject to Life

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Table of Contents

  • PART I: A New Way to Tell Stories
  • Chapter 1: So You Want to Make Movies? An Evolution of an Art Form
  • Chapter 2: Sequential Images: It's No Longer Just About the Shot
  • Chapter 3: Before You Roll: Planning for the Shoot
  • Chapter 4: Understanding Video: A Crash Course in Picture and Sound
  • PART II: Cinematic Lighting
  • Chapter 5: Playing with the Light: Bringing Your Subject to Life
  • Chapter 6: Using What You Got: Making  the Most of Available Light
  • PROFILE: Bob Krist
  • Chapter 7: Budget Lighting: Make it Good, Fast, and Cheap
  • Chapter 8: Compact Lighting: Compact and Lightweight Solutions
  • PROFILE: Syl Arena
  • PART III: Gearing Up for Motion and Sound
  • Chapter 9: Camera Body: What to Choose When It's Video You Want
  • Chapter 10: Selecting Lenses: Cinema Has Different Demands On Your Glass
  • PROFILE: Chelsea Nicole
  • Chapter 11: Basic Camera Support: Get a Steady Shot
  • Chapter 12: Advanced Camera Support: Putting the Camera Into Motion
  • PROFILE: James Longley
  • Chapter 13: Audio is Half the Story: Great Sound is Essential
  • Chapter 14: Field Storage: Capture Securely
  • PART IV: Post Production
  • Chapter 15: Media Management
  • Chapter 16: Editing Picture and Sound
  • Chapter 17: Color Grading
  • Chapter 18: Publishing Your Video
  • PART V: Advanced Techniques
  • Chapter 19: Stop Motion Photography
  • Chapter 20: Time-lapse Photography


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