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How to make movies with DSLRs (the DSLR Cinematography Guide is updated)

02.17.10 @ 12:00PM Tags : , , ,

Thanks to everyone for checking out The DSLR Cinematography Guide, which is up to 20,000 views since launching less than a month ago. While it’s great to get traffic for something, what I’m most impressed by is the average time spent on the page: 12 minutes. This is an eternity by internet standards, where most people click on something, find it’s not for them, and immediately click away. I’m sure many visitors to the guide itself fall into that category, which means the rest of you are spending double or triple that on the page, so I’ll take that as proof it’s helpful. And, of course, thanks to everyone who’s commented on the guide.

Today I made some revisions and posted some new sections to the guide; read on to find out what’s new.

Updated/expanded: Intro, Choosing a camera, LensesSupport system, Audio, Picture Style Editor, ISO noise, Transcoding

Added: LCD viewfinder, Field monitor

To add: DSLR drawbacks, Follow focus, Wireless follow focus, Steadicam, Gamma shift, Noise reduction, more…

I’d like to add a comprehensive section on all of the drawbacks of DSLR moviemaking, to delineate between the kinds of films a DSLR is good for and the kinds it’s not, but I didn’t have time; that should come in a future update.

I also hater-proofed the guide a bit more, adding a disclaimer to the intro that “this is one persons’s opinion” and pointing out the fact that it’s 100% free. I’m a decently fast writer — especially when writing blog-style content like the guide, which isn’t exactly Shakespeare (although I did squeeze a Shakespeare reference into the updates!) — but this still takes plenty of time on my part, so I appreciate everyone who’s said “thanks.”

Finally, please share the guide with your friends and social networks; if you use Twitter, feel free to follow me at @ryanbkoo.

COMMENT POLICY

We’re all here for the same reason: to better ourselves as writers, directors, cinematographers, producers, photographers... whatever our creative pursuit. Criticism is valuable as long as it is constructive, but personal attacks are grounds for deletion; you don't have to agree with us to learn something. We’re all here to help each other, so thank you for adding to the conversation!

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  • Ha, hater-proofed.

  • all the pics you have in the guide related to the DSLR on rigs and accessories on them can you please name the stuff? some of us new to the game would like to know what that stuff is as far as the rigs etc. and also add more updated budget equipment and DIY stuff. some of us finances are not up to par but wanna try to DIY the equipment or buy the best on a budget. $300+ is not a budget for some of us lol.
    thanks by the way. the guide has taught me a hell of allot. I’m working on my first movie with my Canon T1i

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