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Filmmaking with Canon T2i (550D)
February 3, 2011, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

As a lot of people are aware, DSLR’s are a continuous growing consumer product in both photography and cinematography (Filmmaking). It’s been shown that you can create incredibly professional looking videos with DSLR’s, mainly the Canon range. I currently own the Canon 550D, which I bought at the beginning of last year. It’s an amazing camera, for the price you pay, considering it’s miniture version of Canon 7D.

For this project I want to use my Canon 550D to film a short video with and to also do a photo shoot. I’ve been following Filmmaker, Philip Bloom, for a couple of years now. He has made a number of fantastic videos using DSLR’s, to show how far you can push the boundaries with a consumer product. Obviously a lot of the time he has a lot of flashy accessories, which contribute to making his videos look really professional,  but he does have a decent income after all. Below are some example DSLR videos using the Canon 550D and 7D.

Fish Tank Video using Canon 7D (Canon 100mm Macro f2.8 lens IS)

Monarchs ‘Miles Away’ using Canon 550D

Clock using Canon 550D (Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS)

I’m about to purchase another lens for my camera and I’ve been using these videos as way of determining which lens I should go for, when it comes to shooting video. At the moment I’m rearing towards the Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens, because it’s really good for low light conditions and it’s also reasonably priced. Just seen a video using the lens, under low light.

Like video above, I want to try and make decent looking video without the need of lots of accessories. There are some really great videos out there, shot on DSLR’s, without the use of a lot of accessories.

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