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Foreword

Foreword

From Still to Motion was written just for me. Okay, not really, but it might as well have been. About a year ago, long-standing clients of my photography business started asking for—no, actually demanding—video from me. My oldest client called me one day and said with sorrow in his voice that he may have to make a change because the print side of his company was giving way to web video.

Faced with being disintermediated, I decided to learn all I could about filmmaking. Fortunately, video-enhanced DSLRs became available at the same time. But just buying a Canon 5D MKII or similar camera wasn’t going to be good enough. When you move to shooting video, it’s a whole new ball game.

After delving deeper, I realized that it all made sense. As technology advancements have blurred many of the lines in media, it only makes sense that DSLR video is the next step in the evolution of still photography.

I spent more than three decades as a professional still photographer, and I admit that I thought the switch to video would be reasonably easy for me. But I soon found out that video presents challenges not found in still photography. There are new conventions to learn, new gear to get familiar with, and then there’s sequencing, storyboarding, movement, frame rates, lighting, color, and so on. Let’s just say that you’ll be glad you have help with this once you make the move.

The help is right here. From Still to Motion provides solutions and detailed advice to help you solve these challenges. And what I really like about this book’s approach is that it is practical. You won’t be bothered with ethereal platitudes. The authors provide detailed tutorials, offer case studies, and even provide files for practicing postproduction tasks.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a novice still photographer, if you are new to shooting video with a DSLR, this book has the answers you need, even if you don’t know you need them yet.

Richard Harrington, Robbie Carman, Matt Gottshalk, and James Ball all have broad production and training experience. It’s a dream team, and together they’ve produced an easy-to-read, detailed roadmap for anyone who wants to learn how to properly and professionally shoot video with a DSLR.

Thanks to some of the lessons I’ve learned from this team, I am still working for my oldest client. It turns out I’m not fungible after all. Make sure you aren’t either. Enjoy From Still to Motion.

Scott Bourne

Publisher, Photofocus.com

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