DSLR & DSR Videography

By and large, clutching a video camcorder feels more comfortable than filming with a DSLR. Just slide your hand through its strap and your thumb naturally sits on the button. Viewing the scene is ergonomic thanks to a flip-out screen, and the controls are easily accessible.

Conversely, the leverage of holding a DSLR in your hand is hardly ergonomic. Neither is the Record button, which differs on each camera. It’s on the back of many cameras, as opposed to the shutter button, which is on top. That’s just weird.

Movie controls are nested in the menu, much like a camcorder. The difference is that on a camcorder, the functions pertain solely to video capture. Because the DSLR menu system focuses more on the still photography, not many functions are relevant to moviemaking.

These settings make good sense for staying ready:

The DSLR clearly requires some finesse, but when everything is properly set, it can reap some amazing results that include

Some aspects of DSLR moviemaking are rough around the edges, like these: