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01.28.09         365  

Day 28


Its very, very hard to make a good quality DVD in less than a few months, but Im really trying to focus and learn how to do it as quickly as possible. I think the biggest thing is the planning and making sure everything is carefully prepared, from the lesson ideas themselves, to the mode of presenting the information as simply as possible. I have 3 DVDs on the production list, this is the first of the 3 because I get a TON of emails asking for one on the 580ii Speedlite.

As much as I love Canon, sometimes parts of their manuals are super confusing. I can a section over and over and over, and still not understand what they are talking about until I actually grab my camera and try it a few times. Then I go back and read what a section says and Im like..."why did they explain it like that?" No wonder these things are so intimidating. I sort of feel like I am back in Grad School reading Genetics research papers. My guess is that a few engineers probably wrote the manual, and then had someone (who probably didnt understand it) dumb it down a little.

This is the fastest it has taken me to write a script for a DVD from Start to Finish. Locking myself up in hotel room has definitely helped. Ill start working on revisions and corrections and then will start putting the production together. The Photoshop DVD just about killed me and took forever (8 months). I am learning a lot about production and know that it is critically important to:

1. Make an absolute quality video product.
2. Take as long as you need to make it, but not longer.
Canon 5Dii, Canon 24 1.4 L lens, 1/1250, F2.8, ISO 50, Michael Andrew RAW Preset Pack

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