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Guide 4

Videos

I have started to shoot more video of squirrels, but I have a lot to learn. The Sony A9 was not the greatest video camera, but it allowed me to shoot this slow motion clip. Now that I have a better video camera I can shoot 4k at 120fps, with 10-bit, 4:2:2 colours, much better bit-rates, decent colour profiles and focus tracking.

Settings

I shoot a lot of large aperture, shallow depth of field images. This can be great for isolating your subject and maintaining high image quality, but it's easy to over-use it. Sometimes it's nice to show off your background of have more of your subject in focus, so it's a good idea to be mindful of when not to use it. It's useful to stop down a bit when focusing close and similarly at longer distances it's safer to use bigger apertures (smaller numbers).

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