Learning Video...Help!

Earlier on this year I made a resolution to branch out into other mediums, and video was one of the ones that seemed to have the most potential. You can do so much with it, and video can be an excellent tool for empowerment when taught to others. AS a female, I see what's out there and I think we can do much better...no one really needs to know if you got a nose job, have lots of cleavage or know what purchases you make every single day.

I get to see so many amazing things that it would be a shame not to find different ways of sharing them.

Chinese puppets

Here is the second attempt to make a short movie, but as you can see I have a long way to go.

When I first started out with photography, I felt the same way, that there was much work needed. We all know though that nothing gets better without trying, and trying, and trying and learning and trying again.

The black bars on the sides of the video?

The camera shakiness?

The angles?

The story development?

I think they'll all come together eventually because I know when I first started out as a photographer it was the same thing, I was pretty terrible.

So for those who shoot video, what are some pearls of wisdom you can provide?

Thanks for your feedback,


Photo credits: Angela Ostafichuk.
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My name is Angela from Edmonton and somedays I work as a travel photographer picking up a few odds and ends on the side. I love people and visiting new places and have a long list of things I want to see. If you could drop me a line when you buy my photos and let me know where they are being used, it would be greatly appreciated!
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December 28, 2013

i have a lot of problems to upload video in dt


June 26, 2013

One like from me :) nice try, keep working. I dream that some day DT will accept video footage... :)
No, transitions are not good at all. Please forget about transitions, this is my "pearls of wisdom" for you. I worked in video editing many years, trust me. Using transitions is a way to cover jumps and label you as "amateur" (a jump cut occurs when you have two consecutive shots with the exact same camera set up, but a difference in the subject).
Seawatch1 advices are good, follow him.


June 25, 2013

Thanks for the looks and the advice (Seawatch1). I will indeed be using it for anything in the future. : )


June 25, 2013

I don't shot much video myself, but I did enjoyed watching your video.


June 24, 2013

I saw your video and is very nice, looks very cool.


June 23, 2013

First, nicely done. I especially like the squares (books?) floating. The men with the concertinas or small accordions are also nice. Something about the movement there. Your transitions are all the same, try a fade or other technique to take us from scene to scene. Also try to make sure video tells a short story. Seems like you visited several countries or areas and spliced them together. Watch your continuity. Camera steadiness is crucial unless you are shooting to purposely simulate a hand held effect. Watch your focus. Most dslrs do not have follow focus like regular video cameras do. The black bars at the side of your videos can be removed if you set your video editing program to match you frame size. I like the higher angles mixed with street level views. Just don't take us too often back and forth or we'll get seasick. :) I don't how "pearly" these words are, but you've got a good eye. A good book that isn't very expensive: http://www.amazon.com/Shoot-Video-That-Doesnt-Suck/dp/0761163239