DSLR Video Workshop with Chris Seguin



Our workshop on May 26th, 2015 featuring cinematographer Chris Seguin gave our 30 attending LPA members some new challenges. Chris has filmed over 100 commercials and a National Geographic television show. His first videos were created on his Canon 7D. Since then his equipment has progressed significantly as you would expect.

Many of us know out DSLR has a video function but few of us have given it a try. Chris gave us some basic instuctions that will enable us to explore a whole new genre of photography.

The one hour plus presentation featured videos that Chris has created as well as directions on the settings and process. A complete detailed list is too long for this write up but I’ll give you a basic outline (courtesy of Sue Craft) of the topics covered.


Settings for Canon 7D, Chris uses other camera models (mostly Canon), and mentioned the terms may differ from model to model and with different manufactors.

  • Cinema Mode Setting

  • Movie Rec Size (frame rate)

    • Auto is good

    • 1920x1080 – good for HD TV

    • use either 24 or pref 30 fps

  • 60 fps is good for slowing the frame rate is required when editing (slow motion effect)

  • Sound Recording- acceptable on most DSLRs

  • Quality – SRAW

  • Picture Style

    • Portrait (deep rich colors)

    • Standard is good too

    • Cinstyle (may have to manually download and install, see Canon’s site)

  • ISO/Shutter/F-stop

    • Auto/Program Mode or Manual

    • ISO – 320 is best for HD video on DSLR’s (indoors & out)

    • Shutter Speed must be 2X frame rate (30fps-1/60th sec, or 60fps- 1/120th sec)

    • FStop – 7.5 or lower (the lower the better)

    • Keep ISO and shutter speed FIXED and make changes to FStop. (Don’t go above F10)

  • Video Mode

    • Canon 7D cuts off after 10 minutes of recording, a stop/restart is required

  • Memory Cards

    • HIGH speed needed

    • Lexar Pro 16GB – 1066, Amazon ~$35 is his favorite

    • 14G – 505 speed works (don’t go below 500 speed)

    • SanDisk Extreme 64G – 120Mb/sec (for video)

  • Other Items

    • Magnifying DSLR viewfinder w/magnetic hold – look on Amazon ~$15

    • Software for Edits

      • Adobe Premiere – Elements

      • Adobe CC Photoshop/Lightroom - $9.99/month


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