California Photo Festival Spotlight: Rob Sheppard

We are very excited to have Rob Sheppard back again for the 2nd annual California Photo Festival!

Rob will be teaching a number of techniques including Lightroom workflow, Basics of Digital Video, and Landscape Photography.

Get a sneak peak of what you can learn from Rob by checking out this great video and tip on shooting video with your DSLR.

Connecting with Nature from Rob Sheppard

A lot of photographers are interested in shooting video because most new cameras include this capability. Good video needs good sound, which is not something a photographer has usually paid attention to.

First off, you need to be close to your subject, or find a way to get a microphone close. No DSLR with video capabilities has a quality microphone built into it. In addition, built-in mics tend to pick up a lot of camera noise.

For a simple, easy to work with solution, try a small shotgun mic that fits into the camera's hotshoe and plugs into the camera's mic jack (your camera has to have such a jack). I use a Sennheiser MKE-400 microphone that gives great quality at a reasonable price and is compact enough to fit any camera bag. This video was shot with that mic and a Canon EOS 60D.

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