on 23 February 2012
With more than 30 years experience behind a large array of film and professional video cameras, Barry Braverman knows just about every method worth mentioning about technical usage of them as well as all the pros and cons with all the various sensors and imagers these cameras comes with. In his book he serves the reader lots of expert insight to overcome the most predominant and annoying limitations and shortcomings the vast amount of various video cameras possesses. Barry Braverman's book, Video Shooter: Storytelling with HD Cameras, are also cramped with invaluable methods, tricks and tips on how to master various light conditions; weather conditions; choice of lenses; composition techniques; use of filters and gels for high-professional creative light and color results; and how to get stunning sound in the process.
The only things I find lacking and a bit disappointing in mr. Braverman's otherwise excellent book is that he writes for an NTSC community only. Personally I think his book would have reached a worldwide audience had he included PAL tables and explanations side-by-side with NTSC.
An included easy-to-understand section for the beginning amateur in each chapter is also missing and would definitively have improved the book, as this version of it clearly aims at the more advanced amateur and semi-professional to professional video shooter. Maybe something for this book's excellent writer to consider for the next edition. Such a book would definitely reach a mind-boggling number of potential buyers outside US and Canada.
on 17 May 2010
This is a fantastic book covering all practical aspects of shooting high quality video. Very professional but easy to read and lots of practical advice on actually shooting with lots of clear photos and diagrams covering everything.
Not having done any professional video production for some years I searched for a book to get my brain up to date. This book is it!
It does not specifically cover editing in detail but for actual shooting, planning etc, this is the one to get.
I also bought:
Producing Great Sound for Film & Video by Jay Rose. (Focal Press)
VideoMaker Guide to Video Production (Focal Press)
Digital Video Secrets: What the Pros Know and the Manuals Don't Tell You by Tony Levelle
All excellent books which I read all the time. You won't be disappointed