A while back, I wrote here about how I thought it would be cool to start taking photos of wildlife. In particular, I was considering the use of trail cameras, so I could capture images of them without disturbing their environment too much.
Well, I got sidetracked, as I often do, and never really followed through with that plan. The other day, though, I came across a related idea that I had not considered before: shooting video with dslr.
Most of us, I’m guessing, are familiar with digital SLR cameras, the heir of the 35mm film cameras used by professional and avid hobby photographers. What I didn’t realize is that you can create high-quality movies with them, as well. In fact, many independent film makers use DSLR’s for much, if not all of their work.
This struck me as really cool, and probably a more enjoyable way to scratch my photography itch than just putting up automated cameras to take pictures out in the desert. Of course, it will likely make getting photos of coyotes or other animals more difficult, but I’m sure I can find any number of other neat subject to immortalize with my (yet-to-be-purchased) DSLR.
If you are at all acquainted with the American Southwest, my home, you’ll know that the landscape is chock a block with stunning vistas. While it might seem like this would not be a great subject for filming, adding the frequent weather changes could lead to some very interesting shots.
Obviously, I’ll be starting from scratch with all of this, so my research will extend beyond finding a good camera for the purpose and into learning effective video techniques.
In any case, I’m more optimistic that I’ll stick with this new interest, and will try to keep you posted on my progress!