Which Video Camera For Which Job?

The circumstances surrounding each shooting situation will go a long way to helping you determine the right camera for the job. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

The circumstances surrounding each shooting situation will go a long way to helping you determine the right camera for the job. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

I’ve written something in the brand-new Discerning Photogarpher forums—specifically the All Things Video forum—about choosing which video camera to pull out for which job, and why. Take a look and see what you think about my logic for using what  I ended up using, and then watch the resulting video and let me know what you think! It’s all from an actual assignment I shot the other day…

Photo Assignment #1 Update

Replay: here’s the very first Photo Assignment posted into the new Photo Assignment Forum on the site:

“Assignment #1.”

“Digital photography, and the fact that making photos, once you’ve bought your camera and flash card, is virtually ‘free,’ has cheapened the picture-making process, both literally and figuratively. What I mean is, you don’t have to worry about what it’s ‘costing’ you to make photos, so you can BLAST  AWAY AT ANYTHING THAT MOVES. 

What if each press of the shutter button was precious? What if you only got to shoot ONE frame? I am willing to bet, you’d make damned sure that it was worth shooting, was well-composed, etc.

So: Take a camera. Go out and look, observe the light, feel the wind in your face. Slow down and try to really, really observe the world around you. When you’ve found something truly wonderful,  SHOOT ONE FRAME. STOP. Shoot no more!

Remember: we’re on the honor system here. Please resist the urge to cull through the last thousand frames of your megashoot to find a winner. You’ll only grow if you approach this in the spirit in which it is being assigned.

Take your ONE FRAME and tone it up, then follow the directions in the ‘Sticky Post’ above to add your image to this Post as a Reply.  Good luck!

Assignment #1 will remain open for roughly two weeks (Oct. 18), at which point I’ll close the Topic  and write a piece on the main site about what got shot, what I liked, what worked, etc. I’ll probably pick my favorites to include there as well. See how this Assignment changes your approach to your shooting.”

Well, so far the silence has been deafening…

Either this assignment really stinks, people have been too busy to post yet, or else everyone thus far has been reluctant to be the first one in the water…so: in the interest of fairness, I plan to go out and shoot this assignment MYSELF at some point tomorrow. I’ll post my result, along with my thought processes around it, into the Assignment Forum by Saturday (day after tomorrow). So stay tuned! I hope to see some of YOU submit your versions soon as well!

Hi, I’m Andrew Boyd, a.k.a. The Discerning Photographer, and I hope this post has been interesting and informative. Please leave me a comment about it, let me know what you’d like to see more of on the site! You can also sign up for email delivery of all future articles or my RSS feed. Or subscribe to our Facebook page or our Twitter feed. Thanks!–DiscerningPhotog

Posted in: How To

About the Author:

Photographer, videographer and photo editor. Host and creator of The Discerning Photographer web site. Currently a Canon shooter.

3 Comments on "Which Video Camera For Which Job?"

Trackback | Comments RSS Feed

  1. darren says:

    Touché. Guilty as charged. Since photography is more of a hobby to me and not a source of income, I do have a tendency to just shoot away anytime I feel like it and anyway I feel like it. Sometimes it makes me feel “overloaded”. However, it also plays to my benefit. Reviewing the photos shows me any errors that I might have made. Hence, I learn. On a deeper level, it also teaches me more about myself. My shots kind of reflect me, my personality, my outlook in life… However, I think I may be ready for the next level. I’ll try to do away with the “let’s see which angle turns out best” perspective and follow assignment #1. Thanks a heap. You’re the best!

  2. I’ll be interested to see what you come up with. Good luck!

  3. Ingrid says:

    Will there be an update in this post with the result? 🙂
    – Ingrid (an amateur photographer, who tries to ignore the “auto”-function”)

Post a Comment