Canon EOS 60D, Composition

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When creating movies, most of the same rules of composition you use with still photography apply. The rule of thirds is one important rule to keep in mind when shooting video. The 60D’s grid overlay feature places a grid over the LCD Monitor to help you frame your shot properly. Changes to this menu item will apply to both Live View and videorecording modes.(FIGURE 9.4)

You can set your camera to display a grid overlay on the LCD Monitor in video mode and Live View.
FIGURE 9.4 You can set your camera to display a grid overlay on the LCD Monitor in video mode and Live View.

SETTING THE GRID DISPLAY FOR VIDEO RECORDING

SETTING THE GRID DISPLAY FOR VIDEO RECORDING

  1. Set the camera to video mode using the Mode dial on the top of the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button and use the Main dial to get to the second camera tab. Use the Quick Control dial to scroll down to Grid Display and press Set (A).
  3. Using the Quick Control dial, select the grid of your choice (B). Press the Set button to lock in your change.
  4. Press the Menu button to go back into Movie shooting mode. You will now see a semitransparent grid over the LCD Monitor on the back of your camera.

Quick Control dial

When you are in video mode, you will notice a semitransparent mask covering parts of the LCD Monitor (FIGURE 9.5 and FIGURE 9.6). The space within the mask is the area that will be recorded; the semitransparent mask on either the top and bottom (HD) or left and right (SD) will not be recorded. This is extremely helpful when composing images for movies, because you will know where the edges of the frame will be.

In HD resolutions (720p and 1080p), your camera will display a semitransparent mask over the top and bottom portions of your LCD Monitor.
FIGURE 9.5 In HD resolutions (720p and 1080p), your camera will display a semitransparent mask over the top and bottom portions of your LCD Monitor.

n SD resolution (640 x 480), your camera will display a semitransparent mask over the left and right portions of your LCD Monitor.
FIGURE 9.6 In SD resolution (640 x 480), your camera will display a semitransparent mask over the left and right portions of your LCD Monitor.

If you place your camera on a tripod to record your movies, one very useful feature is the electronic level, “Landscape Photography” (FIGURE 9.7). It can sometimes be difficult to see the horizon line in your scene, and the electronic level will help you keep your camera leveled horizontally. With still photography you can always go in and straighten the photo in editing software, but with video you don’t have as much wiggle room, so it’s always best to get it correct in-camera. Note that if you set the autofocus mode to “Face detection Live mode,” the electronic level won’t appear. Be sure to set it to either “Live mode” or “Quick mode” for it to show (please read the next section for more information on focus settings for video recording).

The electronic level is a helpful feature to use when placing your camera on a tripod.
FIGURE 9.7 The electronic level is a helpful feature to use when placing your camera on a tripod.

USING A TRIPOD

To get the best-possible quality when recording video with your camera, it’s a good idea to have a sturdy tripod and a fluid video head. I use a Manfrotto 501HDV video head with my Canon 60D when I use it on a tripod (Figure 9.8). There are also other options for stabilizing your camera, including handheld rigs and additional equipment.

A sturdy tripod and a fluid video head are good tools to have when shooting video with your 60D.
FIGURE 9.8 A sturdy tripod and a fluid video head are good tools to have when shooting video with your 60D.

 

 

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