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    Ernest Lloyd

    Hi everyone! I have another question.
    Does anyone know where I can find a good wholesome place to learn videography ?
    I know this is kind of the wrong place to ask, but I really appreciate Lenspiration, and it’s wholesomeness policy, so I wondered if there is any great website like this that someone could recommend for videography. (BTW my church’s mission board wants me to start being their videoghrapher, so I am looking for somewhere great to learn from).
    I know Lenspiration is the best, so I doubt there is anything equal 🙂 .
    Thanks, Ernest.

    Logan Lamar

    I couldn’t think of a better place to ask! And know that your desire for clean content to learn photography/videography is shared amongst other Christians.

    As far as finding a good website to learn videography… unfortunately, I haven’t found anything that is close to what’s going here. The National Christian Forensics and Speech Association (more popularly known as NCFCA) used to have a short series of tutorials for making short films; unfortunately, they no longer have their short film contest, and double-unfortunately, the tutorials are gone too.

    One event (not really a website) that just came to mind was this one:
    Philip Telfer’s (author of Media Choices: Convictions or Compromise) organization, Media Talk 101, came up with this. If you’re into more making short films and fictional films (storytelling), this might be for you. If you’re just trying to get the nuts and bolts, I don’t know (but probably not). I’ve never been.

    Generally, you’re pretty safe with filmmaking books geared toward middle-schoolers, so a book I’d steer you towards would be Digital Filmmaking For Kids For Dummies. I’ve read it—it’s been a while, but I think I could vouch for it being safe. It’d be a good place to start if you’re looking for the nuts and bolts. (as a side note, it’s super easy to understand, too!).

    Finally, about a quarter of videography is pretty similar to photography, so you can apply what you’re learning here about ISO, shutter speed, aperture, lighting to your videomaking endeavors. Just keep your shutter speed at about twice your frame rate (i.e. 1/60 for 30 fps) if you want things to look natural and relaxed.

    Good luck to you!


    Ernest Lloyd

    Thanks a lot @loganlamar! I will definitely check all these ideas out!
    I also like the idea of going to the Christian world view film festival-it looks really good.
    I’ll have to read that Digital Filmmaking For Kids For Dummies book.
    And I have one more question. I am planning to use my camera with stabilizers for videography, so I am just curious if there are some different lenses I should get that are made for videography to use on my camera? That’s probably a no-brainer question one way or the other, but I’m still really new to videography.
    (BTW do you play cello by any chance?) I was just wondering because of the picture on your profile.
    And of course why I noticed is because I play cello too 😉 🙂 .

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    Ezra Morley

    And I have one more question. I am planning to use my camera with stabilizers for videography, so I am just curious if there are some different lenses I should get that are made for videography to use on my camera? That’s probably a no-brainer question one way or the other, but I’m still really new to videography.

    Since Nikon cameras don’t have in-camera stabilization, you will want to look for lenses with the VR (vibration reduction) designation on them. Nikon has a page about lenses for video here: https://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/a/tips-and-techniques/popular-nikon-lenses-for-shooting-video.html

    If you’re referring to a stabilizer that stabilizes the whole camera, then you’ll probably just need to experiment with VR on and off to see if it makes any difference.

    Ernest Lloyd

    Hi @buddingphotographer, that was really helpful !
    The place you directed me to for a “stabilizer that stabilizes the whole camera” was also really good.
    Thanks again, -Ernest

    Logan Lamar


    If your’re just getting started, I’d recommend just sticking with what you’ve got (which is probably a DSLR and the Nikon equivalent of an 18-55 which is probably VR?).

    As far as stabilizers and whatever else is concerned, it honestly depends on what your’re shooting.

    I’ve shot over a dozen different films for several different people with my crop-sensor DSLR (Canon 60D) and 18-200mm kit lens (which is stabilized), and I’ve never really needed one (other than one I use rarely—literally made of a set of gym weights and some pipe we got at Home Depot). However, if your’re shooting a lot of handheld video (I.e. following people around with a camera for witness encounters) your audience might want you to have one!

    That said, there are some bases you need to cover for your video.

    #1 You want a good picture.
    —You need a camera. DSLRs work well, but some lend themselves to video better than others. Start with what you’ve got, as it will get you well on your way! (Just briefly looked it up, and it looks good!)
    —You need a lens. VR is good to have and helpful, but you can get by without it if…
    —IF you use a tripod. This one thing is, next to your camera, probably the most essential thing you’ll need for video. However, it depends on what your’re shooting. I use my tripod every time I shoot video, but you might need to use your stabilizer every time because you are in a different shooting situation. Find something to stabilize your camera (it could be a table top at first! Just don’t handhold each shot with just your camera.)

    #2 You need good audio
    —Depending on what you’re shooting, you’ll want/need something to get better quality audio because what comes out of your camera isn’t often very good. This might mean an external microphone and recorder.
    But start with what you’ve got, and get creative with it! Your camera audio will suit you just fine for a while, but when you’re ready to invest, this might be a good place to do so.

    #3 You need something to edit with
    —Start with what you have, or look for what’s inexpensive or free (iMovie on Mac or Windows Movie Maker on Windows; Adobe Premiere Elements might be worth looking into; do your research before purchasing/downloading any software, though, and make sure it’s what you need).
    If you decide further down the road that you love this and want to do more, you can invest in something more full-featured.

    Here’s a couple of things I’ve shot before. I certainly will not advocate the wholesomeness of everything on YouTube, but I know these particular videos are safe (I made them either for clients or for myself).


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