I’m always looking to learn more about photography, so when I was offered a review copy of Digital SLR Video and Filmmaking For Dummies (Amazon affiliate link) I said of course! This book is an excellent introduction to making videos using an SLR camera! I found the parts about using different kinds of light and camera angles most helpful. So far I have always relied on natural light for videos, which works great when the sun is out, like in this clip:
And not so much when it is not:
The book talks a lot about the importance of using a tripod, and different tripod options. My video is always shaky, so I should probably follow that advice!
Much of the book is more detailed than I care about, as someone who is mainly shooting short family video clips. Adobe Premiere Elements is the only editing software it discusses in much detail.
The book also has a section on making a stop-motion film that I wanted to put to use, but my tripod broke (fair enough; it was several decades old) so I decided to wait until I had a new one. Do you own a tripod that you like and recommend? What are your best SLR video tips?