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The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques by Janie L. Geyen, Barry Andersson

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Chapter 1

Fundamentals of DSLR Filmaking

When choosing to shoot with DSLR cameras, you need to know some basics. If you have used a standard video camera, are a still photographer, or are a filmmaker, then you’ll see the overlap in equipment and vernacular. However, some unique processes, gear, and workflows apply specifically to shooting video on DSLR cameras.

Features of DSLR Cameras

Until Nikon released the D90 in 2008, buyers had to choose between a digital still camera or a digital video camera. Filmmakers were using film or traditional video cameras for production. When the D90 and, quickly afterward, the Canon 5D Mark II were released, you finally had the ability to shoot digital stills and HD video on the same device.

At the time, HD ...

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