Wildlife and nature photographer and videographer, Luke Massey, gives us his top tips on how to shoot video footage on a DSLR

Specialising in wildlife and nature, Luke Massey has gone from just shooting stills on his DSLR to shooting awe-inspiring time-lapse sequences and powerful videos. He’s worked with the BBC as well as independent production companies and has been featured in nationally published magazines.

In this video, Luke shares three of his top tops for shooting video on your DSLR.

  1. Do your research, first work out what camera’s best for you. If you already have a DSLR that can film, then find out what that camera’s strengths and weaknesses are as a video camera.
  1. Don’t get sucked into blogs and websites where people are buying huge rigs to try and turn their DSLRs into cinema cameras. You don’t need to do that. I just stuck a viewfinder on my camera, used it handheld or chucked it on a video tripod and went out and started shooting. You can start shooting straightaway. Don’t start thinking that about all of the bells and whistles that you don’t have. If you have a video mode on your camera, you’re almost set.

Watch our setting up DSLR for video here

  1. Finally, make sure you get some ND filters. A lot of the professional level cameras like the C300 have ND filters built into them. When you’re shooting stills you can whack up the shutter speed when it’s too bright but when you’re filming, you need a relatively low shutter speed so it’s important to find another way to control the light. ND filters are essential if you plan to work outdoors.

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