Saturday, July 9, 2011

The benefits of using a tripod

I've been very disappointed in a lot of the videos shot by newspaper reporters and photographers. Frankly, all too often the videos posted on newspaper web sites have an amateur quality imparted by the shaky camera.

To see what a difference a tripod can make, watch this little video documenting an abandoned amusement park in Wichita, Kansas.

No Joy from Mike Petty on Vimeo.

Canon 7D
Note: This little clip was not shot with a true, video-purposed camera but with a Canon 7D. When I enlarge some of the newspaper videos to full screen, they begin falling apart, jaggies appear, unlike this little video which enlarges beautifully.

Now, I'm going to get ready to attend PhotoCamp London 2011.

Addendum: At PhotoCamp I learned there's a lot of experimenting being done with Canon DSLRs being used for shooting video. For instance, a season final of House was shot using a Canon 5D Mark II. Amazing!

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