Video ASAP - Practical Instruction for Producing Quality Video Now!
Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Speaker: Donald Schwartz
Event Type: Audio, Lighting, Video
How does your video appear on today’s Flat Screen and HD TVs? How about the audio, does it sound flat or hollow? Your work is fast becoming another public viewing choice! So whether your videos live mainly on YouTube, public access cable, or indie internet broadcast channels, your production values will be compared to those of the mainstream and cable networks.
Join Donald Schwartz as he helps you understand the fundamental difference between your camera’s features and your eyes. Donald will guide you through the differences between what your ears hear and what the camera records, and cover principles you can use immediately: The color of light sources, the quality of light, bouncing light and how to build perspective within the camera’s frame.
Along the way Donald will discuss a number of simple, non-budget-busting techniques you can use to overcome your equipment’s limitations while improving your capabilities to tell your story in the most compelling way.
Donald explains that his workshop has one underlying theme: “You’re smarter than your camera so I recommend you make the decisions as to focus, white balance, and audio level yourself.”
In this new three hour version, we examine those moving image capture mistakes that limit your editing choices
Some of the topics going to be covered include:
- Three Point Lighting
- Using Available Light
- Creating Dimensionality
- Different Ways of Setting Exposure with Your Video Camera: zebras, wave form monitor and using F-stop settings with your photography camera.
- Depth of Field – Why It’s Important
- Lenses Within Your Camera: wide, normal, telephoto
- Camera Angles
- Sound Recording: best practices, different microphones and their uses
- Camera In Motion
- Video Camera Alternatives: HDLR video with still image cameras
- iPhone Videography
- Motion Picture Video Camera Tools Below $5K
- Moving image capture mistakes that cause jump cuts, unintended changes of screen direction in your edited version.
I was born in Brooklyn and lived in the Slope for more than twenty years. When my wife, Jennifer, an artist and graphic designer, and I first moved there, there were two restaurants on 5th Avenue and no boutiques. Before moving to Brooklyn we lived on the Upper West Side when the area was still called the wild, wild west. We now live in the tiny hamlet of Fort Montgomery, NY.
Much earlier, in the late sixties early seventies—my memory of this period is a bit hazy—I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College (1972), hitch hiked across the United States, lived in an ashram in Wichita, Kansas, attended Woodstock, and worked as an au pair in France.
Prior to my current career as a technical writer and photographer, I was involved with shooting, directing, producing and writing videos for clients such as IBM, AT&T, Major League Baseball, Entertainment Tonight, Financial News Network, and Dudley-Anderson-Yutzey. My documentary film, Louie, was broadcast on PBS.
I learned the most about shooting motion from working as Technical Director on choreographer Merce Cunningham’s Deli Commedia broadcast on PBS Great Performances. In response to the question: What was your most bizarre on set experience? I’d say watching a tube camera go up in smoke. After that, inconveniences such as buzzing audio and last minute shooting location changes pale in comparison.
I prefer not to multi-task when listening to jazz, blues, folk or heavy metal. My favorite meal is a turkey burger and French fries.
Making beautiful images is my passion and find student questions as to “how” an amusing reminder of just how differently we see what’s in front of us.
I write a blog called thetechnologyteaser.
When & Where
Highland Falls Library & Sarah Lawrence College Alumni Association
Highland Falls Library
The Highland Falls Library is located in the lower Hudson Valley, serving the residents of Highland Falls and Ft. Montgomery. They offer program and gallery space to local historians, artists, and community organizations. Their proximity to West Point, Bear Mountain, Rockland County, Ft. Montgomery Historic Battle Site, and the Woodbury Commons Shopping Center places them in the center of an energetic population in the metropolitan New York area.
Sarah Lawrence College Alumni Association
The Sarah Lawrence Alumni Association is dedicated to furthering the intellectual and fiscal vitality of the College, promoting its educational philosophy, and encouraging continuing interaction and collegiality among alumni, the College and its past and present faculty and students.