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Table of Contents

PART I: A New Way to Tell Stories Chapter 1: So You Want to Make Movies? An Evolution of an Art Form Chapter 2: Sequential Images: It's No Longer Just About the Shot Chapter 3: Before You Roll: Planning for the Shoot Chapter 4: Understanding Video: A Crash Course in Picture and Sound PART II: Cinematic Lighting Chapter 5: Playing with the Light: Bringing Your Subject to Life Chapter 6: Using What You Got: Making the Most of Available Light PROFILE: Bob Krist Chapter 7: Budget Lighting: Make it Good, Fast, and Cheap Chapter 8: Compact Lighting: Compact and Lightweight Solutions PROFILE: Syl Arena PART III: Gearing Up for Motion and Sound Chapter 9: Camera Body: What to Choose When It's Video You Want Chapter 10: Selecting Lenses: Cinema Has Different Demands On Your Glass PROFILE: Chelsea Nicole Chapter 11: Basic Camera Support: Get a Steady Shot Chapter 12: Advanced Camera Support: Putting the Camera Into Motion PROFILE: James Longley Chapter 13: Audio is Half the Story: Great Sound is Essential Chapter 14: Field Storage: Capture Securely PART IV: Post Production Chapter 15: Media Management Chapter 16: Editing Picture and Sound Chapter 17: Color Grading Chapter 18: Publishing Your Video PART V: Advanced Techniques Chapter 19: Stop Motion Photography Chapter 20: Time-lapse Photography

About the Author

James Ball is a director of photography for HBO, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and PBS ( His work ranges from feature-length documentary projects to dramatic features to corporate projects. Robbie Carman is a professional colorist who works on broadcast television series. He is a principal at Amigo Media (, a well-known trainer, author, and speaker at industry conferences, and the Creative COW forum host for DSLR video and Apple Color. Matt Gottshalk is the principal of McGee Digital Media (, which specializes in cinema-style HD production and post. He is a lighting director and camera assistant for a variety of clients and an active member of the community. Richard Harrington is a director and editor. He is a Creative COW forum leader, a member of the NAPP Instructor Dream Team, and a popular author, trainer, and speaker.


"If you've been looking for the one book that teaches you how to bring DSLR video into your workflow, this is the only one on the topic I'm telling my friends to buy." -Scott Kelby, photographer, author, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) "Whether you're a seasoned professional or a novice still photographer...this book has the answers you need, even if you don't know you need them yet." - Scott Bourne, Publisher,

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