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Using Your DSLR Video 9 Tips

(See original Article that I wrote for Dublin Photography Schools Snapshot Magazine here)

Altough video functionality on Digital SLR’s has  been  with  us for a while now, many photographers were initially sceptical of it’s usefulness.  However over the last number of years DSLR‘s have gained more ground and are being used by everyone from big budget productions like, House and The Tudors, to a generation of youtubers and vimeo users.  While many of us have yet to dip our toes into any form of video production, those of us that have are often surprised by the attention to detail and intricate nuances  that good production value requires.

Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of making videos on your DSLR camera, so you can avoid some of the common pitfalls that many novices coming from photography to film production often encounter. The best way to approach video shooting is to have the mantra – “similar but different”.  Like with photography, get as much as possible right at point of shoot, this includes things that we often take for granted like, white balance and level horizons. These can be difficult to fix in post production.

1. Set Your Frame Rate
One of the first things to be done is to set the correct frame rate. The higher the frame rate the smoother your video will look. Set your camera to 24 FPS (frames per second) for a movie look, or 30 FPS for an HD look.

2. Get It Rght In Camera
As photographers we often have the luxury of changing information and cropping areas out in post production. Unfortunately this is not really an option with video without severely compromising the video quality. Make sure to double check your settings before you begin.

3. Similar Yet Different
Video and photography share many of the same principals; however they differ in areas like ISO and shutter speed. If you are filming handheld, make sure you keep your shutter speed  double  your frame rate as a rule of thumb. For example if shooting at 30fsp =1/60th of a second.

4.  Turn off Autofocus
When moving around your camera will try to live focus and while this technology has improved in recent years, it is still a long way off perfect. Focus tracking will often go for a walk while filming busy scences so be sure to pop your camera into manual focus.

5. Purchase An External Mic
The audio that your camera records can be very poor quality. The microphone is too close to the internal workings of the camera and threfore also records the internal workings of the camera such as VR, AF , humming and button pressing noises. We recommend purchasing a zoom mic or a hot shoe mic.(see my blog about getting clean audio on a DSLR here)

6. Magic Latern
If you are serious about using your DSLR video function then take a look at  ‘Magic Latern’. It will open up the firmware in your camera  and will allow you many more options than your camera came with. Be warned however, this is open source firmware and loading it will void your warranty.

7. Use A Tripod/Monopod
If shooting a video handheld, your camera will record every bump, shake and rattle your hand makes. Invest in a good tripod or monopod and use it.

8. Storyboard
If you are doing a little bit more than some impromtu filming at an event, like making a short youtube video, then have a look a making a ’story board’. This means making some simple drawings of shoots, like a childs story book, so your scences make logical sense to your viewer.

9. Post production
This is where it all comes together. Final Cut, Premiere Pro and Avid are all common post production packages in the industry. If only dabbling in the area then consider looking at, iPhoto, Serif  Video, Windows Movie Maker or even Picasa. Your storyboard will be an invaluable tool when editing.

Dublin Photography School Will be introducing a DSLR Video Course in Dublin In Late Summer 2015, And will teach beginners how to shoot better videos with there dslr cameras and will include techniques such as zooming, panning, pull focus, prefocus, framerates etc so keep an eye out.

FREE THURSDAY TALKS WITH THE DUBLIN PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL

Free Photography Talks Dublin

Free Photography Talks Dublin

We are delighted to bring you an evening of ‘Composition & Visual Theory’ presented by Stewart Kenny

Stewart is an award winning fine art landscape photographer based in Dublin. Stewart’s main areas of expertise are black and white photography, landscape photography, night and low light photography. After graduating from college he began work in several areas of the photography industry from retail and printing to consulting and lecturing.

Time: 7.45pm
Date: Thursday June 25th 2015
Venue: The Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Stewart has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has a huge passion for photography and loves nothing more than to teach others how to achieve the perfect image. He is the head of training here at the Dublin Photography School and gives talks and seminars about about various genres of photography around Ireland. You can visit his website at www.stewartkennyphotography.com

R.S.V.P by emailing info@dublinphotographyschool.ie to secure your place
Please book early as places are limited & it will fill up fast

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Iceland and The Northern lights

Dublin Photography School: Photography Holidays For All Levels From Beginners To Advanced

Dublin Photography School: Photography Holidays For All Levels From Beginners To Advanced

Dublin Photography School are happy to have teamed up again in 2015 with Travel Department who are one of Europe’s leading escorted holiday companies, to bring you many fantastic and once in a lifetime photographic holiday opportunities. Load up your photography kit bag with your DSLR camera and camera accessories, pack your warm clothing and good walking shoes and join us and other photographers on our Iceland guided location photography holidays. for details of our next trip in 2015 see here.

Heres a quick overview of the the trip to Iceland We took in October 2014.

Photographers at Skogasfoss Waterfall, iceland copy

The guys from the Iceland Tour in 2014 strutting there stuff

Earlier this year we teamed up with Travel Department to bring you the first of our photography holidays abroad. On October 23rd a group of eager photographers boarded a 7.20am flight and were Iceland bound. Iceland is known as the ‘Land and Fire and Ice’ making it a perfect destination for a photography break. Once the wheels of the plane safely touched down on the runway, this mesmerizing country with spectacular photographic opportunities was waiting to be explored. Before all the ‘hard work’ began an early morning pit stop was made at the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating dip.

The Gulfoss Falls is our first photography stop

The Gulfoss Falls is our first photography stop

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Gulfoss falls from another angle

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

The next four days were filled with photographing some of the most breathtaking sights this planet has to offer. From the natural wonder of Reynisfar, the volcanic black sandy beach to photographing behind the falls and listening to the mighty roar of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. At night we travelled away from the glow of Reykjavik city in search of the Aurora Borealis. By day we explored the Golden Circle, passed through picturesque villages and countryside and were blown away ‘literally’ in the valley of Haukadalur by the spouting geothermal geysers.

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

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Reynisfjar, black sandy beach in the village of Vik, Iceland

Reynisfjar, black sandy beach in the village of Vik, Iceland

Reynisfjar beach, Iceland

Reynisfjar beach, Iceland

All these images are taken on the actual tour. for more information about Dublin Photography School and the hands on tuition, you will receive on this holiday see here, for booking information and itinerary see Travel Department here.