Shooting Video with a DSLR: Randance's Tip 1
Raindance Raindance is an independent film festival and video & film school that operates throughout major cities including: London, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Budapest, Berlin and Brussels. The festival itself was established in 1992 by Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance to be the voice of British Filmmaking. Listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 ‘unmissable film festivals’, Raindance aims to nurture, support and promote independent films, filmmakers and videographers.
Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops and parties to allow everyone the chance to share the passion for independent film, video & cinema. Newsflare is proud to be associated with the Raindance team to bring our members expertise in film and video to help you take better, newsworthy videos that we can sell.
Across the next 5 News Blogs, we will post 5 video production tips that will detail some technical know-how from the Raindance crew. These will include:
- 1. Depth of Field
- 2. Achieving a Cinematic Look
- 3. Light: Night Time Shooting
- 4. Sound
- 5. Steadiness & Composition
Raindance talks about the rise of DSLR’s and gives their first tip on Depth of Field.
The Rise of DSLR Technology
The first Digital Single Len Reflex cameras that could shoot high definition video emerged in 2008. In the 6 years since they have become the camera of choice for most, if not all, beginner and professional photographers, videographers, filmmakers and documentarians in the world.
Their ability to deliver stunning professional-looking photos and video with very little effort, in a cheap and compact package, has revolutionised the way we capture and share our daily lives.
It’s hard to imagine a part of today’s media, from student films to live war coverage, that hasn’t been affected by the inexorable rise of cheap DSLR technology.
If you’ve got a DSLR, it’s good to know how to use it properly. Sure, you could just set it to ‘Automatic’ and shoot away, but knowing just a few key tips and tricks could make all the difference to shooting great newsworthy video.
1. Depth of Field
Most DSLRs come with a standard 18-55mm lens. They’re handy, adaptable and can yield some great results, but sacrifice aperture f-stops for zoom flexibility. This might sound complicated, but put simply it means that you can’t achieve the ‘sharp subject, soft background’ cinematic look by having a shallow depth of field.