Lights, Cameras…DSLR?


Hallelujah—the dawn of cinematic journalism is upon us.

It all began with the release of the Nikon D90—the first DSLR to offer HD movie capability. Then came Canon right behind, and today you have about 30 hybrid models to choose from. I was an early advocate and devoted a chapter in my book Shoot to Thrill to the potential of HD videos. To whet the appetite of Indie film buffs I shot a mock-Noir movie with the D90 using the camera’s tiny internal mic.

Now that many print mags have folded and evolved to electronic versions on the Web, it makes sense that photojournalists explore covering stories with digital video. And since movie-making requires different skills, a good guide is in order. Enter Helmut Kraus and Uwe Steinmueller with Mastering HD Video with Your DSLR from Rocky Nook. It covers equipment, techniques, editing and post-processing, and presenting your work on the Web. There’s also a chapter on making the transition from still photography to DV.

If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, I recommend you arm yourself with this helpful introduction.

Here’s a link to the book on Amazon.