We've had Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon on one of our podcasts and he told us about this HDSLR training that he was putting out with good friend Juan Pons and they graciously sent me a copy of this training to evaluate.
A user-friendly guide to all the basics of making video!
Shoot Video with Your HDSLR
One of the biggest revolutions to hit digital imaging in recent times is the ability to shoot cinema-quality video with a DSLR camera. The large HD sensors and high quality lenses make the depth of field and footage comparable to that of video cameras that cost a lot more.
Canon leads the charge with the EOS 5D Mark II and the 7D. Many photographers have these tools in their camera bags, but have been intimidated by the jargon that comes with video making. Most of the training to date has been video-centric and confusing for photographers.
Finally, two of the world’s top experts address photographers and demystify the video process in an easy to follow and entertaining way. You will learn everything from how to navigate the camera controls, to lenses, audio, controlling light indoors and outdoors, accessories, tips and tricks for better footage and editing and sharing your final videos.
Rick Sammon a Canon Explorer of Light, is one of the most active photographers on the planet. Rick has published 36 paper books which have won the coveted Golden Light Award and the Ben Franklin Award. Rick, who has photographed in almost 100 countries around the world, gives more than two-dozen photography workshops and presentations around the world each year. He created 7 iOS apps.
Rick, who has been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame, is considered one of today’s top digital -imaging experts.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Juan Pons is a nature and wildlife photographer. With more than 20 years experience in photography, Juan has most recently embraced the biggest revolution in Digital SLRs, High Definition video. Working with video capable DSLRs since their introduction, Juan had become a recognized expert on maximizing the capabilities of DSLRs when shooting video. Juan’s work has been featured on numerous publications, including: Sierra Magazine, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Magazine, Audubon North Carolina, Wildlife in North Carolina, The Independent, and many others.
– The Digital SLR Difference
– Camera Controls 5D Mark II
– Camera Controls 7D
– Must-know Canon 7D HD SLR Info
– Seven things to do, and seven things not to do
– The All Important Audio
– Controlling the Light Outdoors
– Lighting is the Key Indoors
– Adding Accessories
– Juan’s best clips and Rick’s best tips
– Behind the Scenes
– Editing and Sharing Your Videos
– Juan’s slide show of stills taken with the Canon 7D
My view of the training
First, let me admit that I like both of these guys and have enjoyed several conversations with them. They're both very likable guys and they are good friends as well – and that shows in this training. It is always especially good when the guys doing the training work well together.
Second, this training DVD is only 1.5 hours in length, making it very much like the other training you can buy online these days for the HDSLRs – you'll get a very good overview and you'll get some details on this disc that you don't get on some of the others – but due to the constraints of time, obviously you're not going to learn everything you need to make a movie.
Third, you have the option to buy the DVD or a digital download (I was given the download). I personally have given up on getting physical copies, but at least you have a choice!
I continue to look for the ultimate in HDSLR training materials and so far I haven't found them. I wanted to be totally blown away by this one, and while it is very good, I was hoping for just a little bit more from my friends Rick and Juan.
I've seen quite a few of the HDSLR courses available and I'm pleased to see these guys didn't just duplicate what is out there. In fact, for beginners, you might want to buy this and one or two of the other courses available as there is some overlap, but they all have something unique to learn and most things are reasonably priced these days.
If you buy, you'll get your money's worth if you're a beginner. If you're somewhat experienced in making films with an HDSLR, then I'd recommend you save your money and find a seminar you can find in person to get more hands on.
Blogger's Disclaimer: I was given a free download of the training for review.
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)