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De-Mystifying DSLR Video with Michael A. Mariant & Aaron Lambert

While it is advertised to have video capabilities, the DLSR camera is a far-cry from the video camcorder. From interchangeable lenses, depth of field control and variable frame rates, these features have led the DSLR to trump the camcorder, and has now energized the motion picture and cinematography industry like never before. But it trumps the camcorder only if you know about and utilize these features! And now, during this introductory primer lecture, you can learn about these features and utilize the DSLR to capture your own HD content — cinematography-style — through training in the HD video format. See hands-on demos with the myriad of accessory equipment available for the DSLR shooter, including follow focus, matte boxes, shoulder supports, sliders/dollys, monitors and more. If you are desiring to learn more about how to you use your HD-DSLR video features … or you are looking to incorporate video into your tool chest of offerings, such as weddings, sports or ‘real-life’ portrait sessions … or you want to discover, explore and implement the cinematography potential of your camera, then plan on attending this lecture in DSLR video.

About Michael Mariant

Michael Mariant is a travel & documentary visual journalist based in Central California, while his travels have taken him around the world. Following several years as a newspaper photojournalist and desk editor, Michael moved away from local and regional coverage and up to wire service photography.

For over a decade now, Michael has been a contract photojournalist for The Associated Press, responsible for coverage of the Central Coast of California along with sports and entertainment assignments in Los Angeles, notably anchoring the agency’s coverage of the Michael Jackson trial from 2003 to 2005. In addition to his domestic photojournalism, Michael spends nearly a third of each year abroad shooting travel/documentary imagery and footage, along with lecturing on the topics of Cultural Sensitivity and Immersion in Travel Photography.

Michael is also the consultant and multimedia coordinator for the Semester at Sea study abroad program, providing lectures and instructions to the college students while shaping the direction of the programs multimedia efforts in video, still photography and podcasts through social media.

While still taking on editorial and Associated Press assignments, Michael has shifted his focus to DSLR cinematography projects, as well as educational travel photography workshops for Nikonians Academy and High Sierra Workshops, as well as university and industry lecture engagements so as to instruct others on the analytical, cultural and visual approaches to travel photography and cinematography.

For more information, visit his website:


Aaron Lambert

Aaron Lambert is the Director of New Media and a workshop instructor for High Sierra Workshops. As a former photographer and videographer for the State of California Chamber of Commerce, Aaron wore two hats simultaneously: photographing presidents, dignitaries and governors while editing video from the California State Senate and Assembly. Previously, Aaron spent 12 years as a photojournalist for several newspapers and magazines in California and Texas. His images have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times of London, The Washington Post, USA Today, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News and the San Francisco Chronicle.


Attention participants: We are meeting at the Sports Basement - Bryant Street store in San Francisco. Our meeting will be conducted in "The Grotto" area, which is a private meeting space located on the first floor near the Ski & Bike shops. Snacks and drinks will be served.

This event is sponsored by Sports Basement and is an online photo hosting and sharing service. Click here to sign up for a free service!

In addition, all Sports Basement store purchases will be 10% off if you mention that you are members of this Meetup group, so come early to take advantage of this deal.

Event schedule:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Socialize, network, refreshments.
This is a perfect networking opportunity in a friendly atmosphere. Bring your portfolio, photos, books or new photo gadgets to share with the group.

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Presentation.

8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Q&A.


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  • GiddyGoth

    I thought the course was a good introduction for photographers about basic knowledge on video terms. As a videographer I kind of rubbed me the wrong way that it was mentioned a few times during the workshop on the generalization of how photographers would be better at "seeing" and capturing better artistic shots than a videographer would and how videographers are better story tellers. I think it really depends on the person. Photo journalists capture images to tell a story and cinematographers aim to capture great shots.
    Maybe I misinterpreted, but it's how I felt during the course.

    June 3, 2012

  • Walker


    June 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It felt a bit like a sales push for their course, but the information was good and the presentation of videos was analyzed well.

    June 1, 2012

  • N Lynne F.

    Great "how to" session

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Felt a little rushed but otherwise great :)

    June 1, 2012

  • Edward W.

    Excellent job by both presenters. Lots of useful information provided.

    June 1, 2012

  • George H.

    We were fortunate to receive a rather complete introduction to shooting video with DSLRs, including equipment options helpful to improve the resultant production quality. Explanations were supported by video examples of the use of different equipment and techniques, in addition to the discussion. A very helpful session.

    June 1, 2012

  • Duke

    Very good! I liked how it was direct and straight to the point. The gadgets are cool, but can add up quickly for a novice photographer/videographer like me. Nonetheless, I like how the presenter talk about his preferences for different gears and why. Thanks for sharing your experiences... It was great!

    June 1, 2012

  • Jerome M.

    This was a very informative and useful talk by Michael and Aaron. A great primer into some of the things you need to think aboutif you want to start making video. Great job

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, that would be great, I too had to miss it at the last minute...

    June 1, 2012

  • Veronica

    Right on Sam! Thanks so much. (whew) I'm grateful.

    June 1, 2012

  • Sam

    Veronica, in a few days I'll publish the video recording of the presentation. - Sam.

    June 1, 2012

  • Veronica

    I missed this after all and I so wanted to be there. Can we open up a forum page to share some of the differences were as well as the recommended software, etc. It would be most appreciated.

    May 31, 2012

  • Enrico

    Michael and Aaron did an excelent job explaining how to take a video and what the differences are to photography all areas were covers including gear, tools and software and provided a lot of useful tips.

    May 31, 2012

  • Sam

    Thanks for the note. Forwarded it to Michael. - Sam.

    May 30, 2012

  • John Michael C P.

    Just read this post that the film crew that filmed The Avengers used several Canon 5D's and 7D's to film parts of the movie.

    Makes me a lot more eager for this meet up :)

    May 14, 2012

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