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#1 echeng


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Posted 03 June 2010 - 03:36 PM

New on the front page is an underwater videography tutorial written by Steve Douglas:

Here are the first two paragraphs. Click through to read the whole thing!

Filming underwater can be challenging. Fish are not the most cooperative actors and will rarely perform their behaviors for multiple takes until you get the video clip filmed just right. You have to be immediately ready and capable when a good filming opportunity presents itself. Let us explore many of the skills you can utilize in order to maximize your abilities thus producing the best results for your filming endeavors. Filming video underwater is considerably different that shooting topside. On land you have the benefits of a tripod to keep your camera steady and your horizon straight. Underwater, the use of a tripod is not always pragmatic, yet unless you are filming your version of an underwater ‘Blair Witch Project’, the need to keep the camcorder steady is vitally important, as in essence, you are shooting handheld. There is nothing that will distract more from your filming efforts than a shaky shot. No matter how great the subject of your filming is it will be ruined and distracting if it is moving forward, backward, up and down.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 06:22 PM

O... so that's how you do it. :)
Great job Steve.

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 02:34 AM

Nice little tutorial - thanks for the post.
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#4 Steve Douglas

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:59 AM

Aimed for the newbie Wagsy....should help you though;-)


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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:14 AM

Aimed for the newbie Wagsy....should help you though;-)

Good job Steve, you remembered eveything I taught you :B):