Getting our family ready for our move to Boulder in 4 weeks, eeeek! Boulder! We miss you and will be there soon. xoxo
So as a photographer, I am going out on a limb here and posting my progress as videographer-in-training. I love, love, love doing family movies. I thought I would immediately create beautiful works of art. But, alas, being a good photographer does not make you instantly talented in movie-making.
There has been a big learning curve. It took me awhile to figure out manual exposure and focus. Photographers are lucky these days with auto-focus lenses. But video technology on DSLRs is not very advanced yet, so the need to rotate that little ring around the front of the lens is paramount. This meant I had to practice every. single. day. And I had to do it on my own family, since they are already very tolerant of the photographer mama in the house, and yes, they soon got sick of it so my family movies are now created once or twice a month (versus the every-single-day I was doing in the beginning).
I got so many emails and messages on Facebook when I first started making these movies. Other photographers I know wanted to know how I focused, how I determined my shutter speed, how I avoided camera shake, what software I used to edit, etc…
Because of this, I have decided to do a post on each topic in hopes that I can help another photographer (or mom or anyone) figure out this video thing quicker and get started making their own family movies. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, here is my first attempt at a 15 second movie:) Believe me-I have gotten much better over time! I will post a bunch more in the upcoming two weeks as time allows between packing for Boulder and preparing my family, dog, and two cats for the trip cross country! Please contact me if you have any specific questions about video and I will include what I know in the next post. xoxo stacey
Stacey Potter has been a photographer in the Boulder, Colorado area for 8 years. To contact her about scheduling your own family photography session, please contact Stacey Potter Photography at 303-818-7757. Click here to see her full family photography portfolio.