- Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
V is for VIDEO
First, when taking a video you must never move your camera into a vertical position. Keep it horizontal and try to tilt the camera up and back down to get the full image. Also, never use auto focus but rather use manual mode. With a DSLR, set your camera to 24 frames per second, the shutter speed to 1/50 second, and adjust the aperture depending on the lighting of your surroundings.
Remember, with video it's all about movement so find an interesting angle, shoot the same scene in different ways, and get close to the action. Use a slow pan or a still. Going from still life to real life makes photography much more interesting.
Even though cameras can work straight out of the box, accessories can be helpful to expand your shooting options. Try using a telephoto lens, which is sort of like using binoculars to get up close to the action. A wide angle lens gives a greater range and an external mic gives better sound quality. Finally, a tripod can move your camera with the action while at the same time keeps it steady.
I guess the next step for me is to start experimenting with the video capability of my camera. Let me know how you do with your videos!
Vast thanks to Denise Nesbitt for her valuable contribution to world-wide friendships. I love visiting as many posts as I can and try to be vigilant about voicing various observations. By the way, did I ever mention that I once saw the volcano in Sicily erupt? Take a look at the following from BBC about its eruption and check out the techniques used in this VIDEO.