Today I’m going to focus on composition when using your digital camera for action video. Remember the old days, when you got your first movie camera? (Ok, some of you may not have experienced this.) Maybe it was a Bell and Howell or Kodak. A booklet came along with the camera that told you how to use your camera to take good films. In the booklet, I’ll bet that the first thing it said was to “move the camera slowly”. So you put film in the camera and gave it a try. You thought you were moving the camera slowly, but when you viewed your movie later on screen you were disappointed. Your subjects jumped around on the screen, revealing to you that “moving the camera slowly” meant a lot more slowly than you ever imagined.
I expect we’ve all had this experience though, and it’s just as important in the digital world as it was in the 8mm film world. When using your digital camera to shoot action video, you need to pan slowly and zoom in and out slowly to avoid a jumpy, flitty video clip that is really hard for your audience to watch. It is also a good idea to use a tripod or monopod to remove any camera jitter from your clips. Pan slowly and zoom slowly, whenever possible. Your audience will appreciate your videos even more.
Until next time, Happy Shuttering!