New Goal: DSLR Filmmaking with Creative Live

New Goal: DSLR Filmmaking with Creative Live

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I am a highly distractable person. I jump from one job to another.

One book to another.

I fold half a load of laundry, wash a few dishes, sweep the living room and then fold a bit more laundry.

In other words, I have trouble focusing.

I have to set solid goals for myself and make the visible or I won’t finish anything.

In 2014 I set a goal to improve my food photography.

I am so proud that I went from this:

to this:

You must try this quick and easy Crockpot Peanut Chicken recipe! Only 6 ingredients!

That is the exact same meal. I staged both photos and took the best image I could.

What changed? In 2014 I attended BlogHer and roomed with a food blogger. I picked her brain and bought the proper equipment (a macro lens and backdrops). Then, I read blog posts, watched videos and practiced.

It took a lot of thought, sweat and bad photos, but I am not at a place where I am proud of my food photography.

Last year I upgraded my camera from a Canon 5D classic to a Canon 5D mark iii. I chose the mark iii with the intent of making videos.

Guess how many videos I’ve made with my camera? Two or three…five at the most. Unfortunately, I haven’t educated myself and I have no idea how to do anything beyond flick my camera into video mode and start recording.

Unfortunately, I haven’t taken the time to educate myself and I have no idea how to do anything beyond flick my camera into video mode and start recording.

I took this video last year using both my DSLR camera and my Kodak Action Cam.

I like the video…I love that I captured the day in living color…but I had no plan, spent way too many hours on this and it is full of technical issues.

Two weekends ago I attended a photography conference and took a class in DSLR filmmaking. I had no idea how many of the basics I was getting all wrong…I was inspired (and reminded of my reasons for upgrading my camera in the first place). Back home I’ve set a new goal for myself: to learn the basics of DSLR filmmaking and make videos of our family.

My friend Greg (he and his wife are the other half of Large Family Reviews) is always raving about taking classes through CreativeLive. CreativeLive is an online education platform that offers classes on everything from Photoshop and Lightroom, to newborn photography, street photography, DSLR Videography and more (they even have non-photography classes live sewing, business and more!)  Greg has done an amazing job of setting goals, educating himself and working toward those goals.

So this year I’ve bitten the bullet and am taking Fundamentals of DSLR Filmmaking by Victor Ha. I am so excited. I have watched the intro and love Ha’s teaching style. He is funny and articulate. I feel like I have learned just from the intro to his class!

So here’s a challenge….does anyone out there want to take the class with me? I know next to nothing about DSLR filmmaking. I am a total newbie. What I do have is the desire to learn and for you  20% off discount code (ISHARE20) for any CreativeLive class (but I’d love to learn along with someone as I take Fundamentals of DSLR Filmmaking).

I received the product mentioned in this post for free from CreativeLive. This post also contains affiliate links.

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