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The third in Tony's series of media tips addresses the question of shooting video on a tripod versus filming freehand. Handheld, of course, has the major disadvantage of potentially nausea-inducing camera shake and sway, but it also lets you move around to follow the action and lets you get multiple perspectives on your subject. Shooting from a tripod offers total stability and slightly less concentration and body fatigue for the videographer, and it's excellent for filming something that doesn't move across the ground and where you can--or must--keep the same angle on the action throughout. But it leaves the camera tethered to one spot. For those times when you do want a tripod, Budding also discusses various types of tripods and heads and talks about the points you should keep in mind when selecting one. How you choose to shoot, as with most everything in photography, is ultimately all about the purpose of your video, the subject of it, and the conditions in which you are working.

In the second in his series of practical instructional tips on taking good photos and video in workout contexts, Budding gives some guidance on framing your subject to produce more professional, appealing, and useful media. What you see in your mind, or in your mind's eye, doesn't always translate directly into what you end up with on "film." Budding covers a bunch of the small subtleties that are easy to implement but can make an enormous difference in the final effect.

In the first of a series of practical instructional video articles on the difficult practice of taking good, clear action photos and video in workout contexts, CrossFit Media Director Tony Budding explains some basics of the art of capturing light on "film" (or, rather, the digital equivalent).

Affiliates'--and other CrossFitters'--photography scenarios and requirements are varied and often challenging (ranging, for example, from fast action in an indoor gym with little natural light to outdoor situations featuring glaring light and dramatic shadows). With lots of variables to account for, it can get complicated, but there are a few basic facts and tips that can make a big difference in the quality of your media. He starts us out this month with some on lighting, positioning, and exposure, giving live examples of the results as he explains them.


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