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October 12, 2012

by Mark Holder, VideoMaker

DSLR Workflow Tips:  a Pro's Eye View
Shooting with hybrid DSLRs has many advantages, but without a proven workflow one can quickly become lost beneath an avalanche of data. Worse still, data itself could become lost. Here we’ll explore some workflow basics as practiced by the pros.

HDSLR cameras are taking the digital video production world by storm. Cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II video DSLR have large sensors producing gorgeous high definition images with incredibly shallow depths of field and interchangeable lenses. It’s easy to see why the Canon EOS 5D Mark II video camera and others like it have become so popular in such a short period of time. Of course they do have their challenges. Their physical form is not particularly conducive to hand-held work so they must be attached to a tripod or some other stabilizing device. Their audio capabilities as a professional video camera are, well, awful. And many of them leave much to be desired in terms of LCD screen resolution, focusing aids, exposure assistance and more.

Fortunately, for each of these shortcomings there is an answer, even several. And the pros of working with these cameras are great enough that it is often worth the added expense required (for the professional at least) to purchase the extra gear needed to overcome the cons.

Whether you’re a weekend shooter or a professional DSLR user, fully equipped and heavily funded with the highest end professional video cameras and gear, or you’ve just pulled your sub-$1000 camera and stock lens out of the box, one thing you simply must do, in order to save yourself a world of potential grief on your next digital video production, is follow a solid, proven, workflow. Here are a few shooting with DSLR tips that might help you accelerate and refine that workflow.

For more workflow tips, click here for the detailed article…
Contributing editor Mark Horlder is a video producer and trainer.

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