I was provided a copy of Digital SLR Video and Filmmaking For Dummies to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.
I was excited about reviewing the Digital SLR Video and Filmmaking For Dummies because I suck at doing videos. Granted, I’m not in the market to become a professional, but I was hoping for some hints and tips on making those that I do better. After thumbing through the book I realized that I have the basics down – sound, lighting, background, etc. But there was so much more I should be considering.
The book is packed with information that can also translate over to digital photography as well. Lighting setups can be used in both as can composition. I loved the reminder of how to take a great photo and it reinforced what I’ve learned in the past but am generally sloppy about.
The book will be passed on to my nephew who’s produced some amazing videos. He’ll find the book much more useful than me as it covers the post-production editing aspects in detail and includes a pro/con set of selection tools so you can choose to software right for you. While I might do some post-production in the future, right now it’s not in my budget nor do I have the time.
The book is well written and organized in an easy-to-use format. I found it a wealth of information on SLF Video and Flilmmaking and would recommend it for anyone looking to improve his/her skills in the video format. It’s also a great place to help you make the difficult choices of what to buy – from inexpensive tripods to the budget-busting lighting and more.