Last October at Photoshop World I was chatting with Rich Harrington about all the new DSLRs with video capability when he told me about a book project that he was cooking up. I’ve been a photographer for a long time but when it comes to video I am a real newbie. After talking to Rich, I realized just how little I knew about what it takes to shoot video. Nevertheless, Rich asked me if I would be interested in being a tech editor for the new book. His reasoning was that in order to really connect with photographers that are trying to cross over, he needed the perspective of a photographer and I was honored to be that guy. What was most appealing to me was being involved in a project that would really teach people what it takes to make production quality videos.
See, the big myth about DSLR video is that just being able to shoot hi-def with traditional camera lenses will make for a professional video but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Having a camera like the Canon 5D Mark II is a great start but without a firm knowledge of lighting, sound, and production the best you can hope for is an average looking hi-def video. This is what is so great about From Still to Motion: A photographer’s guide to creating video with your DSLR, the book from Rich, James Ball, Robbie Carman, and Matt Gottshalk. These four video veterans took an interesting approach to tackling this subject. By guiding you through several different projects, you will see how to utilize different camera gear, lighting, audio, and post production techniques to make a quality video project. Included with the book is a DVD with over 6 hours of video training that delves deeper into each topic, as well as high-definition footage, hands-on project files, and templates to experiment with and follow along.
If you are interested in expanding your reach into the world of DSLR video, you really need to check out this book and get started on the right foot. You can find From Still to Motion at Amazon or any of your favorite booksellers.