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More Preparation for Multi-camera Shooting
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 14, 2013 at 8:37:00 pm

There’s a lot involved when setting up a shoot with multiple DSLR’s- preparation and planning are key. Finding the location that works for you is important, and lighting it for multiple cameras is a challenge. On this week’s show, Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington walk you through the key elements for a multiple DSLR camera shoot. They’re joined by Director of Photography Jim Ball for additional tips. You’ll learn the following: Preparing for a Multiple DSLR Camera Shoot. Learn what to think about before you shoot. Multi-camera is all about planning and preproduction. Scout the Location. Walk through a venue...

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DSLR tutorial: The Exposure Triangle
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 20, 2013 at 1:33:00 pm

When shooting video, exposure requires an almost scientific understanding of light. In this tutorial, explore a straightforward way to get strong, well-exposed shots with your DSLR. Watch more at ....

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How Sensitive is Your Camera?
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 18, 2013 at 2:44:00 pm

When you’re talking about exposure, it’s important to know the sensitivity of your camera. A camera’s sensitivity is measured with an ISO unit. The ISO standard is controlled by a technical group called the International Organization for Standardization and it’s the digital equivalent to film speed from days past. From camera to camera, the native sensitivity will vary. Newer cameras tend to be more sensitive to light thanks to improvements in camera sensors. This means that you can shoot with less available light or use smaller apertures to control depth of field. But if you set your ISO too high,...

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Mastering Shutter Speed
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 11, 2013 at 1:15:00 pm

Does your footage look too choppy? Are action scenes a streaky mess? It might be because your shutter speed isn’t set properly . The shutter in a camera is a lot like a pair of shutters on a window. It controls how much light comes through and hits the camera’s sensor. This week, we continue to look at exposure. There are three critical pieces to achieving good exposure and creative control with your shots. Fortunately, shutter speed is the easiest to learn, with just a few simple rules. This week we’ll cover • What is shutter speed? Learn how shutter...

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DSLR Video Planning and Shooting
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 28, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm

DSLR Video Planning and Shooting from Richard Harrington Here's a recent presentation from Photoshop World DSLR Video Planning and Shooting. Learn about the process of planning for and creating a DSLR video project....

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Mastering exposure: DSLR Video Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 27, 2013 at 9:42:00 am

When it comes to capturing great images, exposure is critical. Under- or overexpose your shot and you lose precious details. But setting the proper exposure isn t easy; your light may move behind a cloud, or change over time. When shooting video, exposure requires an almost scientific understanding of light. In this week s DSLR Video Tips , we ll show you a straightforward way to get strong, well-exposed shots. You ll learn about Exposing for video What is the desired goal when exposing for video and when does it look right ? Balancing the exposure triangle Learn how to...

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Use a Field Monitor for Better Shots
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 14, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

A common phrase among DSLR pros is that everything looks good on the back of the camera LCD. While intended as a joke, the phrase really means that it s hard to judge aspects of your shot like critical focus, color, and exposure using the LCD on the back of a DSLR camera. As these LCDs are generally very small, it can also be difficult for on-set clients and team members (like a focus puller) to clearly see what the camera is actually shooting. That s where field monitors come in. Over the past few years, lightweight field monitors offering...

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DSLR tutorial: You call this a mic?
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 8, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moir . This digital video tutorial looks at one of the reasons the audio recorded with your DSLR sounds so bad: it might be your mic. Watch more at ....

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Correcting backlit subjects: DSLR Video Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 19, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

Out in the field, you ll often find yourself in a situation where the nicest-looking shot is extremely backlit. For example, an office interview scene with bright windows behind the subject can create a challenging shooting situation. The problem with strongly backlit shots is that they make it difficult for your audience to focus on what you want them to: your subject! Worse yet, you might not even realize how backlit your shot is until you begin the postproduction process. This week, we ll take a look at fixing a backlit shot from a recent music video shoot . Although...

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Connecting a Video Monitor
By: Richard Harrington on Jun 22, 2013 at 3:46:00 pm

I explain the different accessories and monitors you can connect to your DSLR camera in order to see your video footage better. From the extensive DPBestflow site I highly recommend....

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Rolling Shutter Explained
By: Richard Harrington on Jun 8, 2013 at 3:46:00 pm

I explain the problems of a rolling shutter when shooting video with a DSLR, and how to make sure that fast moving subjects aren't distorted or jittery. From the extensive DPBestflow site I highly recommend....

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DSLR tutorial: Apps you can use to record sync sound
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 18, 2013 at 11:12:00 pm

Watch more at 7-... . This digital video tutorial explains how to use an iOS or Android device as a dedicated digital audio recorder with the help of a few different apps....

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Sync Sound Post-Production
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 10, 2013 at 10:01:00 pm

Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In earlier episodes Rich showed you some great gear to use and the best field work flow when shooting sync sound. Join Rich again in this episode as he shares the post-production process for the final edit in Adobe Premiere Pro. Watch as he takes you through the steps to use Premiere's built-in method of syncing sound. Then, follow along as he explains a way to use popular programs, such as Plural Eyes, for those high volume projects. Check out more DSLR videos here

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DSLR tutorial: Why does my exposure change with a zoom lens?
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 6, 2013 at 10:01:00 pm

This digital video tutorial explains why your exposure changes when you zoom: cheaper lenses have variable f-stops. Watch more at 7-... ....

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Zoom, Zoom, and Check Focus on a DSLR
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 30, 2012 at 7:56:00 pm

If want to check focus, you need to take a few extra steps. Just turning on the LCD and glancing at it won t cut it. The small screen makes everything look more in focus because it can t show you all the pixels at once. The reduced image size creates the illusion of a sharper image. If you want to really see what is in focus, you ll need to zoom, and then zoom some more. If you re using a zoom lens, zoom in as tight as possible on your subject. Zooming in on an area like the...

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Using a DSLR Slate App
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 14, 2011 at 8:03:00 pm

DSLR: Using a Slate App DSLR video training with Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington: This episode talks about why you want an iPad for production. There is a DSLR Slate App (often used for production information, a sync point for dual system audio, etc.) which now moves all of this information to your portable device. Check out more at

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Monitoring Solutions with HDMI for DSLR Video
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 5, 2011 at 7:27:00 pm

DSLR: Monitoring Solutions with HDMI DSLR video training with Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington: This episode visits HDMI and monitoring in general. Check out more at

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Canon 60D: Final Thoughts
By: Chris Blair on Nov 27, 2011 at 10:37:21 pm

We ve been using the Canon 60D for 10 months now and I ve already posted twice about our experiences with the camera. We ve used it for TV commercials, marketing videos and short-form promotional videos, many of which involved on-camera talent requiring scenes with dialogue and on-camera spokespeople....

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DSLR Video Essential Gadgets
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 26, 2011 at 8:29:00 pm

DSLR: Essential Gadgets DSLR video training with Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington: This episode examines the essentials for DSLR video, including the BlackRapid R-Strap, a calibration target from PhotoVision, LED on-camera lights, hot shoe splitters or adapters, a mountable mini bi-directional level, hard cases for small items, and more....

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The NEW Magic Lantern for Canon DSLR Video
By: Chadwick Shoults on Oct 19, 2011 at 3:26:09 pm

This is a quick 3 minute walkthrough of installing the latest (October 2011) version of Magic Lantern for Canon DSLRs. Magic Lantern has just gotten easier! ...

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New Canon 1D Adds Major Video Features
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 18, 2011 at 6:15:21 am

The Official Canon Press Release Video Section (Annotated by Rich Harrington) Centered around an all-new full-frame CMOS sensor with larger pixels than those found on the EOS 5D Mark II image sensor, the EOS-1D X utilizes new HD video formats to simplify and speed up post-production work. Nice to see when they admit a problem. This is a true focus on professional workflows (which is great to see) The two new compression formats offered on the EOS-1D X include intraframe (ALL-i ) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data compression, giving professionals the options they...

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How to Not Screw Up Your DSLR Memory Cards in the Field
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 23, 2011 at 6:10:51 am

I had a revelation today on how to handle my memory cards while shooting in the field. You see when shooting DSLR video, I can burn through a lot of cards. Plus I typically have a couple of camera angles going off at once. An easy mistake to make (but deadly nonetheless) is reformatting a card that you've already shot to. So here's my surefire plan to keep things straight. Right Pocket The right pocket contains all of my empty cards that I wiped before the shoot. All cards are erased before you get on-set so you know if you...

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DSLR Video: You're Not Shooting Raw, So Watch those Highlights
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 11, 2011 at 7:03:00 am

Most professional photographers have grown accustomed to the flexibility that shooting with a raw format provides. When coupled with the great control of the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in, they have great control over highlights and shadows as well as the ability to recover exposure problems. Unfortunately, your DSLR won t shoot raw when it s set to video mode. This means its like the old days (note we didn't say good old days) when you had to shoot JPEG. You ll need to dig back into your past experience (be it film or JPEG) and retrieve the knowledge needed to...

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DSLR Frame Rates – New Episode
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 22, 2010 at 10:48:00 am

In this DSLR podcast Robbie Carman and Richard Harrington discuss the various frame rates available on today's DSLR Cameras such as the Canon 7D. Learn what rates to use for proper film looks, slow motion and other special effects, PAL or NTSC. Subscribe for free at the COW Subscribe for free on iTunes 012...

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Creating Prints from Video Frames
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 19, 2010 at 12:29:00 pm

How do you take a great still photo with your video-enabled DSLR camera? That's easy, shoot in photo mode. You'll get the best quality and even the option of using a raw format. But what happens if you've got the perfect shot, except you're in the middle of recording a video clip? The good news is that you can export stills directly from a piece of video. There's just a few limitations. Resolution limitations of video You might be thinking to yourself Isn't video really low resolution? Yes, when compared to the native size of photos taken with your DSLR,...

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Setting Up The Camera Correctly for DSLR Video
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 19, 2010 at 6:46:16 am

Learn how to setup your camera correctly for the appropriate white balance, color quality, and recording format. You ll also discover how to get better focus and create more stable shots when shooting video with your DSLR camera. Find out how to review clips, drop clips into the timeline, and adjust levels, saturation or color in Adobe Premiere Pro. Check out the whole series....

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DSLR Video Quick Canon Links
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 31, 2010 at 7:42:05 am

Forgive the short post... off to go teach a new class at Photoshop World. Here are a few new Canon links to check out A better way to convert Canon footage? nvert-canon-5d-mark-ii.html New FCP Plugin for Canon? New Canon Camera

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Canon 7D vs. Barbie Video Girl
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 16, 2010 at 5:30:00 pm

Canon 7D vs. Barbie Video Girl...

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"The Drive" by Victoria Taylor-Gore
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 9, 2010 at 5:30:00 pm

A nice piece by a colleague that merges artistic styles....

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