Video Essentials

USA Today Host Helps People Improve Their Video Skills

Video is so easy now that anyone can shoot a camera and edit their work. Once you’ve mastered that, pick up Jefferson Graham’s new book Video Nation to take your skills to the next level.

Graham is the host of USA Today’s Talking Tech and Talking Your Tech. Working with USA Today, he creates over 300 video episodes per year. He’s learned plenty of easy and affordable tricks for video production, and he’s sharing them in this book.

Video Nation helps newcomers to the video world avoid common mistakes, and helps those with some experience make their creations a little better. Topics covered include shooting with DSLR cameras, point-and-shoot cameras, and iPhones; working with sound and lighting; and uploading videos to social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

To promote his book, Graham has created the following video, where he walks the viewer through his thought process as he sets up a video shoot. Learn where the three cameras should go in a three-camera shoot, and what each one does.

Some of the most interesting tips in this video are on lighting. Graham buys everything he needs for three-point lighting from a hardware store, then shows where each light should go for a well-lit video shoot.

For more from Graham, watch the full video below (used courtesy of Beet.TV).


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  1. nice preview and I like the low budget tips!

    Posted by Chris Kiley | August 7, 2012, 9:26 am
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