5 Tips for Shooting Movies with Your Canon Rebel SL1/100D - dummies

5 Tips for Shooting Movies with Your Canon Rebel SL1/100D

By Doug Sahlin

Your Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D can capture incredible video that rivals conventional video recorders. Here are a few movie-shooting tips to keep in mind as you shoot movies with your camera:

  • For the best results, consider purchasing a high-speed memory card that writes data at a speed of 95MB per second.

  • Don’t point the camera directly at the sun when shooting video. This can damage the camera sensor.

  • Mount the camera on a tripod. It’s hard to hold a camera steady for a long time while recording video. If your tripod has a pan head, you’re in business.

  • Pan slowly. If you pan too fast, your video looks very amateurish.

  • If you plan on doing a lot of video recording with your camera, consider purchasing a device that steadies the camera (such as SteadiCam) while you move. You can find these at your favorite camera retailer that also sells video equipment.

    You can also find lots of DIY devices that will steady your camera while you move. Do a Google search for “homemade steadicam,” to find resources with instructions on how to build your own.

    Remember to push the Live View/Movie Shooting button when you’re finished recording. Otherwise, you get several minutes of very choppy video as you move to the next scene. Worst-case scenario, you capture video of your feet shuffling on the sidewalk.