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SECRET 1: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE CAMERA
Posting your movies online
SECRET 2: LEARN TO “SEE” WITH THE CAMERA
SECRET 3: LEARN TO SHOOT INTUITIVELY
SECRET 4: LEARN TO OPERATE YOUR CAMERA BY TOUCH
SECRET 5: LEARN TO SHOOT WITH BOTH EYES OPEN
SECRET 6: SHOOT A MOVIE WITH A UNIFYING THEME
SECRET 7: SHOOT A MOVIE A DAY FOR SIXTY DAYS
I was a film festival juror
SECRET 8: WATCH OTHER FILMS MADE ON DV AND HDV
A list of award-winning DV films
A word about theatrical release
SECRET 9: GET THE FOUR BASIC SHOTS
SECRET 10: USE THE FIVE BASIC CAMERA ANGLES
SECRET 11: USE BOTH OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE VIEWS
SECRET 12: COMPOSE ON THE RULE OF THIRDS
SECRET 13: ADD PERSPECTIVE
SECRET 14: LOOK FOR DIAGONAL LINES
SECRET 15: USE TRIANGLES
SECRET 16: CREATE LAYERED IMAGES
SECRET 17: USE A TRIPOD
SECRET 20: SHOOT HAND-HELD
COMMON LIGHTING PROBLEMS
Lighting has the wrong ratio, direction or color
SECRET 23: USE THE “BIG LIGHT IN THE SKY” WISELY
SECRET 24: BOUNCE THE LIGHT
SECRET 25: KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN AVAILABLE LIGHT IS TOO LOW
SECRET 26: KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN AVAILABLE LIGHT IS TOO HIGH
SECRET 27: USE THREE-POINT LIGHTING
SECRET 28: LEARN HOW TO USE A BASIC LIGHTING KIT
SECRET 29: BUY A QUALITY LIGHTING KIT
SECRET 30: LEARN TO USE INEXPENSIVE ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS
SECRET 31: MIX NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL LIGHT
SECRET 32: MAKE A SHOT LIST BEFORE YOU SHOOT
Sometimes you shoot without a shot list
SECRET 33: GET THE ESSENTIAL IMAGES
SECRET 34: SHOOT SEQUENCES
SECRET 35: GET REACTION SHOTS
SECRET 36: SHOOT MOTIVATED CUTAWAYS
SECRET 37: MAINTAIN A LOW SHOOTING RATIO
SECRET 38: LABEL YOUR MEDIA
SECRET 39: SLATE YOUR SHOTS
Location sound is important
SECRET 40: THE SMALLER YOUR CREW, THE MORE YOU NEED A DEDICATED SOUND PERSON
SECRET 41: CONSIDER HIRING A PROFESSIONAL SOUND PERSON
SECRET 42: SCOUT ALL LOCATIONS FOR SOUND
SECRET 43: KNOW HOW TO USE THE ON-CAMERA MIKE
SECRET 44: USE A PROFESSIONAL FIELD RECORDER
SECRET 45: USE GOOD HEADPHONES
Directional microphones
SECRET 46: CONSIDER USING BOOMED DIRECTIONAL MIKES FOR DIALOG
SECRET 48: PUT A SHOTGUN MICROPHONE ON THE CAMERA
SECRET 49: ALWAYS USE WIND SCREENS ON YOUR MICROPHONES
SECRET 50: CONSIDER LAVALIERE MIKES FOR DIALOG
SECRET 51: WHERE TO PUT THE LAVALIERE MICROPHONE
SECRET 52: WIRED LAVALIERE MICROPHONES
SECRET 53: WIRELESS LAVALIERE MICROPHONES
Test cards and charts are not just for professionals
SECRET 54: USE A SPECTROSCOPICALLY NEUTRAL WHITE CARD
SECRET 55: LEARN TO USE A WARMING WHITE CARD
SECRET 56: USE A COLORBAR AND GRAYSCALE CHART
SECRET 57: USE A FOCUS CHART
SECRET 58: LEARN TO USE YOUR WAVEFORM MONITOR
SECRET 59: LEARN HOW TO USE FULL AUTO
How to shoot “full auto”
Common auto mode problems
Manual mode—basic settings
The easy way to shoot all manual
SECRET 60: LET THE CAMERA TELL YOU THE EXPOSURE
SECRET 61: DON’T WORRY ABOUT SHUTTER SPEED
SECRET 62: SET WHITE BALANCE MANUALLY
SECRET 63: DOUBLE CHECK YOUR FOCUS
Manual mode—advanced settings
SECRET 64: USE VIDEO GAIN WISELY
SECRET 65: KNOW WHEN TO USE AUTOMATIC GAIN CONTROL
SECRET 66: UNDERSTAND FRAME RATES
Standard shutter speeds for each frame rate
SECRET 73: UNDERSTAND KNEE
SECRET 74: LEARN HOW TO SHOOT AN EVENT
SECRET 75: LEARN HOW TO SHOOT IN THE RAIN
SECRET 76: LEARN KNOW HOW TO SHOOT SPORTS
SECRET 77: LEARN HOW TO SHOOT A PERFORMANCE
SECRET 78: LEARN HOW TO SHOOT WEDDINGS
SECRET 79: THE BEST WAY TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE A FILM
SECRET 80: LEARN HOW TO SHOOT ON LOCATION
Tips for shooting on location
SECRET 81: LEARN HOW TO DO VERITE SHOOTING
SECRET 82: LEARN HOW TO GAIN ACCESS AND BUILD TRUST
SECRET 83: PUT YOURSELF IN THE FILM
SECRET 84: LEARN HOW TO SHOOT INTERVIEW FOOTAGE
How do you capture an image with meaning?
SECRET 85: BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT RIGHT TIME, AND BE PREPARED
SECRET 86: HAVE A TECHNICAL MASTERY OF THE CRAFT
SECRET 87: LEARN TO SEE THINGS ANEW
SECRET 89: TELL A STORY
SECRET 90: TELL THE TRUTH
SECRET 91: KEEP IT MEANINGFUL TO YOU
SECRET 92: HAVE COMPELLING, INTERESTING CHARACTERS
SECRET 93: THE CAMERA DOESN’T MATTER
SECRET 94: DON’T GET CAUGHT IN THE NUMBERS GAME
SECRET 95: BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU REALLY NEED IN A CAMERA
Independent filmmaker cameras
Documentary filmmaker cameras
SECRET 103: LOOK FOR A CAMERA WITH A MICROPHONE JACK
SECRET 104: GET AS MANY MANUAL CONTROLS AS YOU CAN AFFORD
SECRET 105: UNDERSTAND YOUR CAMERA’S WORKFLOW
SECRET 106: LOOK FOR A CAMERA WITH A SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
SECRET 107: TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Manufacturer technical support is critical
Very low-budget video kit
How to upload a video to YouTube
How to create a great YouTube Video
Online YouTube resources
Do shoot a short test before you start
Don’t grab the camera and run out the door
Don’t shoot in restricted locations
Shooting fluently and confidently
Do get comfortable with your camera
Do put your movies online
Do learn to “see” with the camera
Do learn to shoot intuitively
Do learn to shoot “from the hip”
Do learn to shoot with both eyes open
Composing powerful, compelling images
Do use the four basic shots
Do use the five basic camera angles
Do use both objective and subjective views
Do compose on the rule of thirds
Do look for ways to add perspective
Do look for diagonal lines
Do create images which have “layers” of meaning
Supporting and moving your camera
Do learn how to shoot hand-held
Don’t shoot bad hand-held footage
Don’t shoot with too little light
Don’t shoot with too much light
Do use the “big light in the sky” (the sun) wisely
Do mix natural and artificial light
Shooting footage that you can edit
Do make a shot list before you shoot
Do get the essential images
Do have a low shooting ratio
Do consider hiring a professional sound person
Don’t try to “fix the sound in postproduction”
Do scout all your locations for sound
Do know how to use the on-camera mike for interviews
Do listen to the sound when you are shooting
Do use directional microphones
Do mount a directional microphone on your camera
Do use windscreens on your microphones
Do use lavaliere microphones for dialog
DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA WORKSHEET
Camera tryout checklist
DIGITAL VIDEO ACCESSORY WORKSHEET
Basic Camera Accessory Checklist
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Digital Video Secrets: What the Pros Know and the Manuals Don't Tell You

Digital Video Secrets: What the Pros Know and the Manuals Don't Tell You

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100 simple secrets of shooting digital video that "everyone knows" but no one tells you. This is a "little book" for every first-time filmmaker's camera bag. It is filled with practical easy-to-read how-to information
100 simple secrets of shooting digital video that "everyone knows" but no one tells you. This is a "little book" for every first-time filmmaker's camera bag. It is filled with practical easy-to-read how-to information

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