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

The Bay Area Photography & Exploration Society
The Bay Area Photography & Exploration Society
Public group

Sports Basement – Bryant Street Store

1590 Bryant Street · San Francisco, CA

How to find us

We are meeting at the Sports Basement - Bryant Street store. 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.

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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.