The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques

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A how-to guide for getting professional-quality video from your DSLR

Shooting HD Video with a video-enabled DSLR has many benefits and some tricky drawbacks that digital filmmakers and videographers can overcome to get professional results. The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook helps filmmakers harness the HD video capabilities of their DSLRs to create professional-level video. Packed with professionally-tested techniques, this indispensible book serves as a training guide for the complex steps that must be taken before, during, and after filming.

  • Teaches you the key tools and techniques for using your DSLR to shoot high-quality, professional-level video
  • Distills dense information about filmmaking and filters it down to easily understood granules
  • Shows you what to expect and what to avoid with your DSLR and how to maximize the visual look of your film
  • Shares tools and techniques that have been used in real-world, independent movie-making environments

The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook shows you how to overcome any tricky drawbacks that you may face while shooting HD video with your DSLR.

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Get expert results with your DSLR— before, during, and after the shoot

They look like standard digital cameras for taking still photos, but the video and filmmaking capabilities of today's DSLR cameras can take you to Hollywood. If you want to create independent films and full-length HD videos with your DSLR camera, this detailed guide is where you need to start. Packed with professional movie-making secrets, solid technical advice, and practical timesavers, this unique book offers real-world solutions for all aspects of DSLR filmmaking, including:

  • Choosing the best camera, lenses, and accessories for your shoot

  • Working with still lenses vs. cinema lenses

  • Using your gear in the field

  • Lighting your scene with studio or available light

  • Setting up your camera to achieve the visual look you desire

  • Evaluating color on set, color grade in post, and creating a "look" for your final project

  • Deciding whether it's better to record sound on your own or hire a pro

  • Rigging and moving your camera for car chases or action shots

  • Shooting under water

Understand outdoor lighting conditions before you shoot

Choose and use the best equipment for your film's needs

Choose the optimal settings for everything from web video to theater presentation

About the Author:

Barry Andersson is an award-winning independent filmmaker. His career started with live television video production and now includes several acclaimed short films, a television pilot, commercials, and a DSLR feature-length film. Follow him on Twitter: @mopho_barry.

Janie L. Geyen has a law degree with an emphasis on entertainment and contract law. She has produced several award-winning short films, a television pilot, and a recently completed feature-length DSLR film. She is currently producing another DSLR feature. Follow her on Twitter: @deodand.

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