I learned - or reinforced prior learning - several things on this shoot:
Planning Your Shoot
- Have a plan or at least a sense of what you are intending to shoot. This isn't as much of an issue when your subjects are trees and rocks but can be tedious for humans if they are standing around and waiting for you to figure out what you're doing.
- Bring spare batteries for your camera; shooting video with Live View on your camera will eat through your power.
- Pack what you can carry comfortably - or bring a patient friend/sherpa with you.
Using a Slider
- Moving camera shots ROCK! I can't believe how much more professional my video content appears now that it's not just static footage shot on a tripod.
- Test your compositions - Not always easy on a bright day (hence the popular view screen hoods) so that you know how your camera is going to travel through the scene.
- Beware of obstacles in slider shots - the last thing you need is to damage your camera or expensive slider because it scraped by (or hit) a branch or rock.
- Consider the speed of your slider. The slider can move faster for distant or wide shots and slower when you have objects closer to the camera.
- Shoot more than you think you need, but don't go overboard, unless you love editing.
- Shoot multiple, shorter clips rather than trying to capture everything in one long take.
- Be patient.
- Wait for the light.- Simplicity is key, be it in the footage you are capturing or the gear you are carrying, especially when you are new to a lot of it.
- Shorter is better. There's a reason TV commercials are 60 seconds or less. Keep that in mind as you edit your work. Be critical, shaving your clips down to the most impactful seconds.
- Keep transitions simple and consistent. I almost always just use a simple cross dissolve, when I use any transition at all.
-Bring a good quality external microphone if you want to record ambient sound, or be ready to mute/discard that audio when editing.
- Music makes your footage sing. Adobe Rush comes with some great royalty-free music and sound effects to start with, but there are many resources (including Adobe Stock) for other styles and durations.