Not really. You want to be sure you’re capturing images that are clear, sharp, and that look like they were taken on a professional DSLR.
If you’re shooting in real time, you may be better off using a video recording. If you’re just shooting your subject’s face then you might be better off shooting at 10 FPS. There are plenty of people who take videos on their iPads, but they don’t take any pictures.
In reality, unless you’re shooting on a professional DSLR, the best way to get good shots is to just be creative. When we asked you for your top five favorite video tips from our readers, we included these five video tips. (The top-five is simply the most important, or interesting, things we read or felt. If you’re planning a DIY video or you’re trying to pick up other tips, you need to follow all three of the above tips. The best way to learn something is by watching it, not just reading about it.)
First, you’ll want to decide what mode you want your video camera to use. Most cameras come with one of three picture modes – still photo, video, and 5D Mark II. Here are a few important points:
Video mode is useful for capturing events that can’t be captured with stills. It lets you capture action, moving subjects, and things you can’t see in stills. Video mode is not useful for capturing action – which makes sense, since if you weren’t shooting action you’d have to turn your camera off and start over. In normal mode, your camera will shoot in RAW and you can choose between five different picture options. In action mode, your camera records video and you can choose between three picture options. The fifth option in photo mode allows you to add some creative flair to your video.
Video mode is most useful for capturing action photos that you can’t get in stills. If you capture a scene where everything in the shot looks like a slow-motion picture, you’re probably dealing with slow-motion. A slow-motion photo will give you something to look at, but only if you know what to look for. When you’re trying to capture fast action, you want to make sure you’re seeing the action. Using video mode, you’ll get something that’s much clearer and fast-moving than the still photos you’re using.
So far, video mode hasn’t been as useful for shooting stills as it should. It’s