Tips / Techniques Intro

In this section we will offer information on every subject that you need to be aware of to shoot a DSLR project. These articles address the practicalities that a videographer needs for a shoot or a filmmaker needs to know to actually be able to complete a DSLR project. As you plan all aspects of your shoot, this section will give you direction on how to ensure that you have your bases covered. Whether you have never worked with DSLR video or you have DSLR video experience, we will cover how to create a professional, high-quality project from start to finish and help you avoid pitfalls that might hurt your final project.

Obviously, at times, further knowledge or proficiency is necessary. For example, we can tell you about a Steadicam rig, but you will need to practice using a rig or test your motion needs with an operator in order for it to function correctly. We can highlight various editing workflows, but when you get your footage, you will need to have a working knowledge of editing in order to edit.

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Lighting on Location

In its simplest role, light is necessary for exposing the image on your camera.


Avoiding Problems: What to Do, What to Take

These are some "make the shot work or die" emergency items for your kit:


Lighting Your DSLR Shoot

If the composition, blocking, and camera movement shapes the visual look of your film, lighting determines what the look feels like.


Recording Sound with DSLR Cameras

Chances are you don't have an audio background, so making sure you understand your equipment and taking a little extra time to learn or review some basic rules for capturing good audio is recommended.