Rick Sammon offers SLR HD workshops

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In yet another post about upcoming training (see, I told you we were working on finding you some training Ha) – Rick Sammon and David Leveen are teaming together to offer an SLR HD workshop. They are also putting together a training DVD that we'll be offering here on planet5D when it is ready.

Rick submitted this promo and the following information as tips leading into the class.

Training guide

Work the Scene, Make it Work

There are several reason why this scene (a promo for the SLR HD video workshops that I and Emmy Award winner David Leveen will be offering here in Croton-on-Hudson, NY) works:

  • We knew the location and envisioned the end result in our mind's eye. In real estate, location is everything. When shooting videos, a cool location sure does help.
  • Low contrast setting. We timed the shoot so that we and the waterfall (from the Croton Dam) were both in the shade. Shooting in a low-contrast is much easier than shooing in bright sunlight. In fact, high contrast can be a killer in video – as well as in photography.
  • Interesting and not distracting background. The flowing water adds some interest to the scene.
  • A slightly out-of-focus background, created by setting my 24-105mm lens to the 105mm setting.
  • Filling the frame with the subject… “the name of the game is to fill the frame.”
  • Shooting at eye level so the viewer could relate to the subjects… “see eye to eye.”
  • The “talent” (if I may use that word) had energy. They kept the message short and sweet – and fun.
  • The sound is well balanced. The sound of the waterfall in the background is not overpowering.

Stay tuned to my blog for more info… and to ask questions.

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