This site is about me learning as I go, and sharing my mistakes and my successes with everyone else. I’m somewhat of an advanced amateur learning how to shoot video with a DSLR (there’s a steep learning curve).
When I learn something new with my new camera I will create a short video and share it with others. This site is for people like myself that are making a transition from HD camcorder to a DSLR.
Many of the great DP’s say the same thing, they all enjoy learning and still have much to learn. For these DP’s that have being shooting movies for decades to say that, then I know I will always be learning. I try to stay humble, and this is the reason why I called this site Learning DSLR Video, because no matter how good I get, I’ll always be learning.
“Remember this is a journey, not a destination.” That saying is true for me. Many times it’s the stories I’ll bring back from a shoot that are better than the images themselves, just watch the video of how I made the photo above. If you’re just getting started and your frustrated that you’re not getting better quickly, just remember to enjoy the journey – come on you’re taking pictures, how fun is that!
This site is about ‘head-down’ meaty tutorials on how to use your DSLR camera for video. I don’t plan on covering DSLR news, however I do some product reviews.
I try to get the best results I can from the least expensive equipment I can find.
I have been making videos primarily for the internet since October 2006. I got my first mini DV tape camcorder in March of 2003, and then in February 2008 I picked up one of the first HD camcorders and in March 2010 I got the Canon T2i . I’m totally self taught when it comes to video. I went to the University of Miami in Florida and my background is in audio engineering.
Examples of the types of videos I have been making
Here is a sports promo I did for a high school volleyball team.
Here is a “documentary style promo” I did for a local photographer.
I’ve started doing some corporate videos, this one was done with a green screen because the data center would have been way to loud to record in. I even did the opening and closing animated graphics for the logo in After Effects.
My first real estate video, I had a lot of fun with this one. I did about 6 time lapses for it.
People Dave Follows:
- Andrew Kramer
- Caleb Pike
- DeeJay Scharton
- Emm C.
- Jem Schofield
- Olivia Speranza
- Patrick Moreau
- Philip Bloom
- Ron Dawson
- Ryan Connolly
- Shane Hurlbut
- Tom Guilmette
- Vincent LaForet
First SLR Camera
This picture of me is from my cruise ship days before my hair turned grey. My hair starting going grey at age 16. I used to run sound for the production shows on ships like the SS Norway or the Royal Viking Star. I had a total blast working on the cruise ships after I finished up at University of Miami.
It was a really nice camera (Minolta XG1) and created some nice DOF, but I had no idea how to use it. It got stolen one night when I left it in the sound booth on the SS Norway.
As you can see I didn’t know how to focus on a mirror back then.
I Used to be an Audio Guy
I was an audio guy for a long time. I used to design sound systems for airports, arenas, football stadiums, concert hall all over the United States. Here I am testing out a system at the sound booth for an arena I designed.
This is the somewhat boring section where I tell you about how I may or may not make money from my site.
I try to be as objective as I can be, but I am not a trained journalist by any means.
I don’t accept any money or free camera products or anything else of value from the things I write about here. If I do, I will put a disclaimer on the top of each post. I do have an affiliate partnership with B&H Photo, if you buy something from them it will help support this site and will not cost you anything extra. B&H doesn’t tell me what to review or tell me what to say. I think I explain all of this pretty well in my Gear Disclosure Video at the bottom of my Gear Page.
The bottom line is my readers are very important to me. I want them to know I have their best interest at heart.