Tips for Your DSLR Movie Shoot
Whether you’re on location or in the photo studio, be sure to consider the following tips when shooting your video footage on your DSLR camera:
Keep the camera steady by mounting it to a tripod or by using a camera rig.
Focus often and then refocus to be safe.
Take white balance and use a white card whenever possible.
Adjust exposure manually and try not to use the automatic mode.
Set the correct shutter speed. Sometimes you select a shutter speed to freeze action; other times, it's to adjust exposure.
Vary angles for each shoot. This makes it easy to construct your edit.
Include an establishing shot. It explains much to the viewer.
Consider your camera movements. From panning and tilting to dolly and crane shots, these techniques help visually tell the story.
Be liberal with your focal length.
Think about your edit when you shoot so that you get exactly what you need.