Advanced photography skills with making videos in cameras

Even though taking photos and filming are done in camera, all of them require performers to have specific skills even their best slow motion camera or something like that. So what are they and how can photographers do those? Here is the answer.

Recently, DSLR cameras on the market are ready with functions regarding HD video. However, there are some differences between making videos by cameras with lens and ones without a lens.

Preparation for enjoying videos with cameras

With the advantage of great sensors, multi-lenticular compatibility, video recording cameras have caught a lot of attention of both amateur and professional filmmakers easily.

However, filming on the camera with lens is not quite the same as shooting. Maybe, you are not a kind of person who has much time for practicing. In such cases, just like picking photos, with steps such as turning on the camera and setting up few modes, everything is ready. In fact, with modern cameras on the market these days, nothing is impossible. They are designs with automatic technology. But if you can, exploring all function in the many is one of the best ways to have amazing videos.

Followings are are a few tips that can help users capture more videos efficiently by the camera with lenses.

Camera settings

Most of the cameras with lens today are designed with a separate video-recording button. Hence, instead of spending a lot of time to know which mode the camera is at now, users can tap into such button immediately. Furthermore, if accessing the menu, it is not a problem when you want to make some change with parameters such as video resolution and image quality for better videos. However, an extremely important note that the higher quality you set for the movie, the more space in the storage it takes.  To save more room in the camera memories, let’s take as less set up as possible.

Common video formats

Full HD: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1080p); 1,920 x 1,080 (1080i)

HD: 1,280 x 720 pixels (720p); 1,280 x 720 (720i)

WVGA: 854 x 480 pixels

VGA: 640 x 480 pixels

Normally, cameras record videos in the mode of 30 frames per second. For higher quality ones, this figure is not the same. Different options for shooting speed are available such as 24 frames per second or 25 frames per second which according to the manufacturers, will produce the same effect as movies.

Photography knowledge appliance

If in photography, you have been familiar with how to adjust the shutter speed and aperture, with videos, you can fully apply these techniques. For example, you can open the largest aperture (the smallest f) to narrow the depth of scene as well. Do not forget that the cameras for traveling purpose are not cable of reaching such function. It is because of a small sensor, and the lens of the traveling cameras is not optimized for filming.

Another photography knowledge that can be applied is to change the shutter speed to create different effects. Basically, when shooting subjects such as fluorescent lights or LCD monitors, you will see the phenomenon of horizontal lines running continuously on the screen. This problem is caused by the shutter speed which is greater than the refreshing rate of the screen. To overcome this, turning the shutter speed to 1/60 or less is a good way.

In addition, some other techniques such as one-third rule may also be suitable for videos to make an attraction for each movie scene.


One of the slightly inconvenient features of a camera with lens lies in the autofocus function. Most cameras with lenses supports the autofocus like Canon 80D when recording videos. However, this mode is sometimes annoying because of slow speed and inaccuracy even when you have chosen the best lenses for Canon 80D before. It does not make sense at all. Additionally, the sound of controlling camera motors may also be recorded during the filming process, which causes unwanted background noise. Hence, most users choose to focus by themselves. It is not only faster but also focus scenes well.


Cameras with changeable lenses and video recording function often support recording, at least on a single channel, or usually stereo. If you are a quality-loving user, even with a camera, select products with the external microphone ports for a better quality of sound.

Steps of editing and sharing

Typically, a process of video editing is executed on a computer with specialized software. If you are not too fussy, you can also take use of the software available on your computer. They can be Windows Movie Maker (on a Windows PC) or iMovie (on a Mac). And in a case that you expect more detailed of editing, some professional softwares are waiting for you. Those include Final Cut Pro (Apple) or Adobe Premiere (Adobe). However, the high quality along with the best function is always by the side with a high cost. But, all of them are worth investing if you are a camera enthusiast, right?

Moreover, in addition to applying the software mentioned above, it is possible for you to do simple tasks. There are surely no challenge for changing the sequence of movies, cutting off the excess then arranging a meaningful story or even adding subtitles, titles and making transitions among scenes.

In fact, many camera lovers take use of their lens camera to make videos by some reasons. It is not only the high quality of HD resolution but also benefits from a variety of lens. Moreover, a lower price in comparison with specialized cameras should be not ignored. On the other hand, there are still some drawbacks which you have to consider, namely small storage and negative effects on sensors.

In conclusion, before trying to make videos by lens camera, it is important to get knowledge about both camera function and skill. So that you can satisfy with art works by your own and save the camera the best as well.