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Focus with DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

Lesson 22 from: Video Production Essentials: Create, Edit and Post Online​

Philip Ebiner, Sam Shimizu-Jones, Will Carnahan

Focus with DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

Lesson 22 from: Video Production Essentials: Create, Edit and Post Online​

Philip Ebiner, Sam Shimizu-Jones, Will Carnahan

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22. Focus with DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

Lessons

Class Trailer

Chapter 1 Introduction

1

Welcome to the Class

02:12
2

What Makes a Great Video

03:17
3

What Type of Video Should You Make

02:47

Chapter 2: Pre-production

4

Come up with a Great Video Ideas

05:05
5

Plan Your Video

03:30
6

The Pre-production Checklist

04:04

Chapter 3 Equipment - Our Suggestions for Getting Started

7

Does Equipment Matter

01:34
8

Our Recommended Cameras

06:00
9

Our Recommended Audio Equipment

04:37
10

Our Recommended Lighting Equipment

01:47
11

Our Recommended Editing Equipment

02:11
12

Our Recommended Drone Equipment

05:35
13

Quiz: Chapter 3

Chapter 4:Cinematography Basics

14

Exposing Your Shots

05:25
15

Compose Your Shots

04:25
16

Filming Yourself

01:09
17

Getting the Right Shot

03:43
18

Choose a Background

02:32
19

My Office Video Setup

02:54
20

Quiz: Chapter 4

Chapter 5: Tips for Shooting with Different Cameras

21

Exposing with DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

06:31
22

Focus with DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

02:35
23

Stabilize Your Shots

02:57
24

Know Your Lenses

03:18
25

Shoot with Your Smartphone

05:10
26

Shoot with Your Webcam

05:49
27

Record Great Screencast Videos

04:20
28

Tips for Better Drone Shots

04:06
29

Types of Drone Shots

01:43
30

Quiz: Chapter 5

Chapter 6: Audio Recording and Microphones

31

Choose the Right Microphone for Your Video

03:14
32

Record Better Audio in Any Environment

01:27
33

How to Use a Lavalier Microphone

02:47
34

How to Use a Shotgun Microphone

00:55
35

How to Record Audio with Your Computer

01:27
36

Quiz: Chapter 6

Chapter 7: Video Lighting

37

Why We Light

01:03
38

Use Natural Light

04:14
39

The 3-point Video Lighting Setup

07:26
40

Quiz: Chapter 7

Chapter 8: Editing Better Videos

41

Intro to Editing

02:15
42

The Post-production Process

07:50
43

Craft a Story with Editing

05:21
44

Improve Your Audio with Editing

06:34
45

Find and Add Music

05:12
46

Design Clean and Professional Titles

03:15
47

Increase Video Engagement with Calls to Action

01:29
48

Quiz: Chapter 8

Chapter 9: Get More Views - Publishing Your Video Online

49

Export the Best Quality Video for Online

02:54
50

Tips for Posting Online

05:28
51

Grow Your Youtube Channel

04:41
52

Quiz: Chapter 9

Chapter 10: Case Studies: Real-world Filmmaking

53

Case Study - Corporate Promo Videos with Ghirardelli Chocolate

08:54
54

Case Study - Event Videography with Major Lazer

08:39
55

Case Study - Documentary Films with Phil

14:24
56

Case Study - Shooting By Yourself

15:32
57

Case Study - Wedding Videography

08:37
58

Case Study - Phil's Livestream Setup

04:23

Chapter 11: Conclusion

59

Thank You

00:59

Final Quiz

60

Final Quiz

Lesson Info

Focus with DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

So once you start shooting with a DSLR or meaningless camera for video specifically something that I think can be so difficult for people starting off is focus. Some cameras have great auto focus and even have face detection and these different cool things. But to be honest I don't think the technology is quite there yet. It's good it's decent and some cameras are even very decent. But pulling your own focus having manual focus on I think it it can give a lot of character in life to what you're doing. So I'm in manual focus here and it really just takes practice. It takes practice of okay that's in focus and now I'm going to go to that table back there and now I'm on the table now you can see will on his phone there you just get used to pulling your focus knowing if I go to the left it goes far if I go to the right it comes close and it's just hitting that focus. It's really tricky. It takes a lot of practice on big films. That's for example you have a first A C. And their entire job i...

s pulling focus and this really you never notice it until they screw up basically. I it's you know takes a lot of practice. But these guys are so good that they're just they know oh that's six ft away that's eight ft away and they're getting focused every time. So as you get started with shooting with your Ds lower mere lys camera practice manual focusing practice moving between different subjects so that you you know oh well I screwed that one up. But you know, that's why you practice it. So I'm here and if I'm going to go here right and focus, That's just it takes practice on prime lenses. And especially when you start shooting at F 1.8 or F2, your your plane of focus is so small, it's really tricky. And that's why, you know, starting off, I think shooting at F four or 5.6 can help with this. It can help you keep things in focus. And even if your subject's moving, you're you're still able to be adjusting your focus while going along. Some people also think this can be a great cinematic effect where things are falling out of focus and you're sort of searching for it and it adds almost a life to your video in a way that's something I think about. You really need to practice it. Autofocus is ok for getting your initial mark. But I think practicing your manual focusing on skills is really important. And then the long run will greatly help you as a filmmaker

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