Shooting Digital Video

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EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

(The lense in the camera kits)

This easy-to-use standard zoom lens can cover a large zoom area ranging from 24mm wide-angle to 105mm portrait-length telephoto, and its Image Stabilizer Technology steadies camera shake up to three stops.

Shooting modes

Aperture priority - user sets aperture, camera automatically adjusts shutter speed

Shutter priority - user sets shutter, camera automatically adjusts aperture speed

f-stop / aperture

The Easy Guide To Understanding Aperture (f Stop)

The wider the aperture, the narrower the depth of field.

Depth of field - focus range or difference in focus at different distances from camera lens


When there is plenty of light, you should always use the lowest ISO, to retain the most detail and to have the highest image quality.

You should increase the ISO when there is not enough light for the camera to be able to quickly capture an image. Anytime I shoot indoors without a flash, I set my ISO to a higher number to be able to capture the moment without introducing blur to the image.

Shutter speed

File settings

For shooting video, we want to use 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels)





Shot sequences

Three point lighting

  • Intro to Three Point Lighting
  • YN300 and YN600 LED light kits (requires batteries)
  • Reflector good for back or fill light in outdoor setting
  • Audio

    Audio is an important part of any video project. The Canon 6Ds have built in microphones, but for better quality you will want to use a Tascam recorder.

    Audio sync with clap

    You can also plug external microphones directly into the camera. Make sure to test before using this setup in the field.

    Plan your shoot