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From Still to Motion

Book and accompanying DVD with over six hours of video training-all geared to teach you everything about shooting video with your DSLR With the arrival of high-definition video-enabled DSLR cameras, photographers are faced with an opportunity for creativity and a competitive edge in their field unlike anything they've experienced before. Add to that the expanding demands from a video-hungry audience and it's no longer a matter of if you are going to add video to your repertoire of skills, it's when. Here to guide you in a thorough exploration of the video-making process - from preproduction to post - and to ease your transition from still to motion are four veterans who speak the language of both photography and video fluently. With their clear, instructive approach, they quickly get you up to speed on everything from picking your gear, to properly lighting for motion, to using professional-level audio, color correction, and editing techniques, to media management and outputting, and much more. Here are just a few highlights from this richly illustrated, completely interactive book and DVD: * Explores the entire spectrum of video for DSLR camera owners, with recommendations on gear, planning, lighting, lenses, audio, editing, color correcting, exporting, media management, and more. * Covers a wide variety of shooting styles, including indoor, outdoor, studio, portrait, event, and available light. * Addresses technical challenges associated with DSLR video, such as camera movement, multiple camera coverage, low-light videography, and synchronized sound. * Explores additional creative techniques such as stop motion and timelapse photography in depth. * Includes a real-world example of a music video and promo package throughout the book to demonstrate concepts in action, with additional profiles of photography experts in nature, sports, commercial, and weddings and events.The accompanying DVD contains 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. Share your work and communicate with other readers at
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Table of Contents

PART I: A New Way to Tell StoriesChapter 1: So You Want to Make Movies? An Evolution of an Art FormChapter 2: Sequential Images: It's No Longer Just About the ShotChapter 3: Before You Roll: Planning for the ShootChapter 4: Understanding Video: A Crash Course in Picture and SoundPART II: Cinematic LightingChapter 5: Playing with the Light: Bringing Your Subject to LifeChapter 6: Using What You Got: Making the Most of Available LightPROFILE: Bob Krist Chapter 7: Budget Lighting: Make it Good, Fast, and CheapChapter 8: Compact Lighting: Compact and Lightweight SolutionsPROFILE: Syl ArenaPART III: Gearing Up for Motion and SoundChapter 9: Camera Body: What to Choose When It's Video You WantChapter 10: Selecting Lenses: Cinema Has Different Demands On Your GlassPROFILE: Chelsea NicoleChapter 11: Basic Camera Support: Get a Steady ShotChapter 12: Advanced Camera Support: Putting the Camera Into MotionPROFILE: James LongleyChapter 13: Audio is Half the Story: Great Sound is EssentialChapter 14: Field Storage: Capture SecurelyPART IV: Post ProductionChapter 15: Media ManagementChapter 16: Editing Picture and SoundChapter 17: Color GradingChapter 18: Publishing Your VideoPART V: Advanced TechniquesChapter 19: Stop Motion PhotographyChapter 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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