For those of you getting into the DSLR game, you’re going to run into a very common thing; The frozen subject. 98% (give or take a percent). Of the people you encounter will know that what you’re pointing at them is in fact a camera. They’re used to seeing it in the hands of photographers… not videographers. In most cases, the fact that you’re shooting video will be lost on them.
You’ll notice subjects putting on a smile and holding still. After a moment, wondering why there’s no flash, you’ll have to inform them you’re shooting video. I have a lot of footage strewn throughout my hard drives… I’ve often thought about putting together a highlights reel. I haven’t had time to sort through all that… but I’m getting away from my point.
I think I should wear a t-shirt that says “it’s a VIDEO camera.” I’m not sure it will help. But if nothing else, the uneducated will continue to give us all awkward pauses to add to our highlight reels.