Recently, I covered a little bit of DSLR video for those of you stepping out to see the low-cost solution to production. My focus has been on helping those who don’t necessarily do much video production themselves learn the basics so that they can take advantage of the cheaper cameras.
However, we have four dedicated resources to help you venture further into your DSLR studies. These sources are quite reputable and have been recommended by several sites all over the Internet. Bear in mind that they even go beyond DSLR shooting, so you can dive deeper into the video world as a whole if you so choose to.
Vimeo is a great site designed for sharing video with your fellow auteurs as well as reading up on tips for video-making. Fortunately for you, they have an entire section of their site dedicated to DSLR video production. The tutorials are given in a video format, so not only will you be instructed on how to perform certain techniques, but you will actually see them in action.
Tutorials range from shooting styles to DIY instructions to even camera maintenance. With over 10 pages of videos, this is quite the jackpot of DSLR information.
Video professional Philip Bloom’s website is the Mecca of all DSLR video. Within the archives of his super-blog, there are tutorials for techniques, gear updates, and even post-production methods. Since Bloom is in the field (and apparently doing a good job at it – just saying), you can rest assured that the content on this site is completely relevant. The articles also go into detail covering specific lenses and specific parts of the gear.
Furthermore, his methods go beyond “this looks like a cool shot” and into the technical side, covering items such as DSLR workflow. Overall, Bloom’s site is a go-to guide for DSLR video.
DSLR Video Shooter is a blog written by shooter-editor Caleb Pike, a gentleman with a wide range of knowledge concerning DSLR video. He has made it his mission for his site not to be a “DSLR fan boy blog”, and he is dedicated to publishing useful techniques and resources concerning DSLR video production. However, his site does not only cover DSLR video tutorials. He actually goes beyond these tutorials to publish DSLR work by other people, general gear reviews, and even video technology news. It seems like Pike has a lot going on for his blog.
Cinema5D is a forum for professionals to gather and share the tricks of the DSLR video trade. Taking its name from the Canon 5D Mk II camera (which was actually used to shoot an episode of the U.S. show House), the site focuses on high-quality DSLR video production. The content of the site covers all things DSLR ranging from lenses to frame-rates to lighting. This is a perfect site to learn from various resources all at once seeing that the entire site is user-generated.
ConclusionDSLR video was a game-changer, and as technology grows (especially after looking at the recent NAB conference), we will likely see traces of DSLR-style production grow with it. Fortunately, the Internet is a great way to keep up and apply tech to creativity.
What other sites do you use for DSLR video tips? Do you have any DSLR video tips yourself?