My summer vacation

by admin on June 3, 2010

Most people wait until they get back from their holidays to share their summer photo experiences but I have to start early because my summer is starting with a search for new camera.

With a film single-lens reflex camera languishing forgotten in a closet while I’ve been using point-and-shoots and pocket videos, I never got around to buying a digital SLR.  But as I was packing up for a week-long Backback Journalist course at the Poynter Institute, I decided it was time to step up my photo and video shooting. Maybe it was Poynter’s question about what camera I planned to use for the video sessions.  Or maybe it was learning about how the last episode of House was shot on a digital SLR.

Deciding to buy an digital SLR to shoot video as well as stills was easy. Settling on one that would do both reasonably well without breaking the bank, that is somewhat more complicated.

The first warnings were about audio quality and control.  Since I’m not going to be accompanied by a sound person and an editor to record and mix the final results to audio perfection, I soon realized there would have to be compromises.

I have no shortage of advice.  I have friends and colleagues who are pro and semi pro photographers who have forgotten way more than I’ll ever learn about the subject and I canvassed them and read their advice on their blogs.  I talked to Canon and weighed up trying out a 7D versus the 2Ti. And I found posts that walked just through the very questions I was considering in weighing up audio pluses and minuses for shooting video with a digital SLR.

Next post I’ll share some of my fledgling trials as I pack away the point and shoot for a while and put a digital SLR in my backpack.

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