Technique: Understanding Video Part 1

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Wildlife photographer and tour guide, Mark Sisson, tells us why you should consider adding video to your wildlife photography skill-set. In the first part of a two-part series, Mark introduces the fun, yet challenging, aspects of shooting video and reveals some key benefits to be had by creating vibrant videos for your portfolio or business.

A couple of months back, I posted an image on my Instagram page of some silhouetted penguins, with some lovely lens flare wrapping the setting sunlight around them. I have been deliberately looking for lens flare opportunities for the increasing amount of video footage that I shoot these days...


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Mark Sisson

Mark is a widely published and award-winning nature photographer. As a Director of Natures Images, the leading wildlife photography holiday and workshop business, he has many opportunities to travel with his camera, as well as the opportunity to share his passion and knowledge for nature photography.


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    Really interesting feature Mark – I started using video in my workflow 3 years ago when I got my Nikon D5/D500.
    Basically the light was too low for decent stills so I turned to video as I could use a much lower shutter speed.
    I’ve really got into the film side & invested in rigs, video tripods/heads, monitors & sound recording gear, it’s amazing that you can get broadcast quality on a relatively small budget!
    I entered a short film on Barn Owls into the Windland Smith Rice International awards this year & was really pleased it made it through to the semi final stage & just missed out on the final.
    Looking forward to part 2!

    • Mark Sisson

      Glad you enjoyed the feature Andy and hope there are some suggestions in Part 2 that will help even a regular filmer like you! Good luck in the Windland Smith awards too…

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