VIDEO: THE STUDY OF LIGHT

Today's photography post is a video created by...me! What photographer doesn't want to try their hand at video these days? It's all the fun of photography with even more storytelling possibilities. That film icon on my dslr was taunting me every time I picked up my camera!

Sooo, I stuck my toe in the waters by watching this Creativelive class, taught by Sue Bryce & Hailey Bartholomew. It was hugely inspiring,  jam-packed with helpful advice & left me feeling like shooting a video was an achievable goal. Next, I took this Skillshare class:  Muse: A Video Portrait Workshop taught by the charming Kat Conte (such an amazing value, run don't walk to sign up if she teaches it again). I chose an obvious muse for my project: light, & spent an entire evening watching videos on Vimeo to make note of shot details & transitions (exciting, no?). Finally, it was time to dive into shooting & editing, & thanks to our project deadline for Kat's Skillshare class, I have this video to show you today. Sundance won't be calling anytime soon, but I must say, I'm pretty happy with my first attempt!

A few discoveries, for those of you who haven't ventured into video with your dslr, but want to jump in & shoot something:

  • In general, you'll want to keep your shutter speed set at double the frame rate of your video, ex: if you are shooting at 30 fps, your shutter needs to be set at 1/60 (unless you want to get creative with motion blur). Here's a tidy explanation.
  • Looking for free Creative Commons licensed music? Bring your patience & some aspirin - there is an endless ocean of bad, really baaaaad music to wade through.
  • A tripod is essential! I have a very steady hand for photos with low shutter speeds, this was not enough for video. After shooting 3 or 4 handheld clips, I found myself  dreaming of a monopod or a fig rig, but I couldn't justify any video equipment purchases my first time out. That's when I transformed my tripod into a make-shift monopod by bringing up two of the legs & securing them with a bright yellow ribbon & hey - it worked pretty well!
  • Shoot from different angles & distances, look for movement within the frame, & resist the urge to take panning shots of every single thing (guilty). OH, & shoot a bit more footage than you think you'll need to give yourself editing options!