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From ‘The Best of Mark Toal’

Mark was at the NAB Video show last week, so it was appropriate that we would feature one of his recent posts about shooting video.

Lately I’ve been feeling bored or maybe I’ve been doing too much still photography lately so when my friend and rat rod builder Gary Fisher got in touch with me about his new car I decided it was time to shoot some video again. Because of their unique construction style, rat rod’s have a sound and feeling that doesn’t seem to come across in still photos. Since the great thing about mirrorless cameras is how easy it is to switch between still and video photography, I knew I had to shoot video of his new car.

Video Tips: I like to keep it simple when I shoot video. For the video of Gary I used a Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the Lumix 7-14mm f/4 lens on a Sirui P-324S carbon fiber monopod. The sound was recorded using a Rode Video Mic Pro that was mounted on the camera. The monopod does a great job of holding the camera steady while letting me move around between shots. I originally shot the video clip in color and converted it to black and white in Adobe Premier Elements.

The video clip of Kevin and I in his car was shot using the Panasonic Lumix GH4 and 7-14mm lens handheld with the Rode microphone.