Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Quick Review of dSLR Movie Shooting Guide

I haven't written about book resources for a while. There aren't many new consumer level books about creating videos anymore. Last week I went to an actual bookstore and I made a trip over to where I thought they would be; jammed into the digital photography section.

There are outdated books on how to do web video; I saw plenty from 2006.  There are Pro-Am and professional books but they are more in-depth "read this and you will know everything" guides.

They are expensive.

There is a shift by publishers to focus on the digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras that can record video. David Busch's dSLR Movie Shooting Compact Field Guide is the kind of book you want with you to help you along the way.

It helps if you have some form of actual photography or video experience; it is designed for photographers who need to make the transition into shooting video.  In that sense, it is not an entry level book.

However it is a beginner book on what to be aware of when you record video. It is a transitional skills guide. A good, inexpensive no B/S book that gets you the info you need to get it done.

It is a good primer on what you need to know to get started. The writing is tight and there is no fluffery. If you need to know about video resolution you will have a good understanding in about a page's worth of reading.

There are sections of the book that are dSLR specific but that doesn't mean that camcorder folks can't learn a thing or two. The section on stabilizing the camera applies to all users: "move your camera deliberately" is dang good advice.

This isn't just about the gear. There is also topics about how to construct a video story, the types of stories your can record, composition advice and shooting tips.

This is a slim book at 124 pages but it is full of solid info. I got a paper version for $14 retail but the book it is on  iTunes and Amazon.

This is a definite keeper for me. If you see it in a retail bookstore snag it. Those of you on-line read a sample chapter (you know where) before downloading to be sure it is a good fit for your needs.

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