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Register for the Digital SLR video workshop at Poynter

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January

Most of the current digital SLR (DSLR) cameras and many of the point-and-shoots now have the capability to shoot high-quality video. Shooting video with a still camera used to be a novelty, but not anymore. I have larger, traditional video cameras but now make about 90% of my videos with a DSLR. To effectively tell stories with one of these cameras, however, you need to know how to connect and use proper audio equipment to capture natural sound and interviews. You also need to know how to process the video and sequence it to build stories. And most importantly, you need to learn how to change gears when shooting video, to develop new storytelling skills even when the tool you're using seems very much the same.

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All these things and more will be discussed at the The DSLR Play Book: Still to Motion workshop to be held at The Poynter Institute, Feb. 22-24 in St. Petersburg, FL. The workshop is aimed at print and audio journalists who are transitioning to video and multimedia reporters seeking to improve their photographic knowledge. Poynter faculty members include Kenny Irby, Al Tompkins and Regina McCombs. Guest faculty members include Bob Malish of Canon U.S.A., Inc. and myself.

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As part of my contribution, I'll be talking about two important gadgets that can be used with a DSLR to gather excellent sound. The first is the Sennheiser MKE-400 short shotgun microphone and the second one is the Beachtek DXA-5da XLR adapter. Both are fantastic audio storytelling tools and the Beachtek box allows you to use professional wired and wireless mics with any camera that has an audio port.

The deadline to register for this great workshop has been extended until Wednesday, Jan. 26. You'll find application information at this link. Hope to see you there!

[Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 3:00pm]

    

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