10 Great Online Resources for DSLR Video Production & Post
At Premiumbeat.com we’re big fans of all of the gorgeous looking videos now being shot on Digital SLR cameras (DSLRs) like the Canon 5D & 7D. Because DSLR video technology has become popular in recent years, there is a lot of new information about working in that format — both out in the field and in post production. In this post, we’ve rounded up some of the best online resources for DSLR shooters and editors. Know of a good resource that wasn’t included in the list? Please share in the comments!
- DSLR Video Shooter – This site is chocked full of great DSLR info, with high quality interviews and a great gear guide. However, the real highlight here is the top quality video tutorials, video product reviews and podcasts. Run primarily by Chicago-based cinematographer and editor Caleb Pike, DSLR Video Shooter examines technical aspects of DSLR shooting, workflows and cutting-edge cameras and accessories. Follow on Twitter.
- No Film School – Perhaps one of the more well known DIY productions sites, No Film School covers all aspects of DIY filmmaking. The site focuses primarily on film, technical aspects of production (such as software and camera equipment), as well as industry topics and current events. Two of the sites most prominent offerings include how to build a “Hackintosh” (replica of a Macintosh computer) as well as a free downloadable 100 page ebook, The DSLR Cinematography Guide. Follow on Twitter.
- Planet 5D Blog – This site tends to focus in large part on the Canon DSLR line, presenting case studies of Canon DSLR shoots. There is significant coverage of new DSLR accessories and product reviews. The site is updated often and is a must visit for anyone interested in staying on top of the latest DSLR trends. While you’re there be sure to check out their extensive video gallery of projects shot with DSLRs…. quite impressive work!
- Learning DSLR Video – As you may have guessed from the site’s title, the focus here is on education and instruction. Although products are occasionally reviewed, in large part the site is geared toward making you a better (and more knowledgeable) DSLR shooter. The instructional videos cover a wide variety of topics — both software and hardware related. If you’re looking to step your game up be sure to check out these tutorials. Follow on Twitter.
- Cinema 5D Forum – This forum is the preeminent online gathering place for professional (and some amateur) DSLR shooters. The site has built, and fosters, an active community of individuals that share DSLR knowledge and learn from one another. It’s a well organized forum and is well trafficked by it’s users. If you’ve got a DSLR conundrum, this is the place to find answers.
- EOS HD – EOS HD is a blog that is run by UK based cinematographer Andrew Reid. Andrew examines DSLR filmmaking issues, both from an industry perspective as well as through his own experience. Emphasis is placed on new equipment offerings, as well as case studies of DSLR video projects.
- Vincent Laforet – Vincent Laforet is a Pulitzer prize winning photographer that currently works for the New York Times. On his personal blog he shares his insight into new camera technology (strong emphasis on camera bodies and lenses) as well as showcases examples of his work and other noteworthy photography projects. This blog covers both still DSLR and video DSLR topics. Follow on Twitter.
- Prolost – Prolost is the brainchild of well renown cinematographer and director Stu Maschwitz. The site takes a real hands-on approach to filmmaking, tackling software tutorials and hardware how-tos. I like that the site largely comes from Stu’s first hand experiences, a respected veteran that’s willing to share his immense knowledge base. Follow on Twitter.
- Philip Bloom – Philip Bloom is another industry vet that’s sharing his professional experiences with the online DSLR community. He’s a seasoned director of photography, specializing in DSLR production. His site is a hodge podge of ALL things DSLR related — monitors, lenses, case studies, video examples. Follow on Twitter.
- Canon Filmmakers – Canon Filmmakers is an excellent online resource for all things related to the Canon DSLR line. The site is run by two Philadelphia event videographers and covers tips, tricks and tutorials for Canon DSLRs. They also have great coverage of DSLR related events and meetups. Follow on Twitter.