nify the picture and shaky camera movement. If the cameras weren’t locked down,
a small bump would look like an earthquake onscreen.
For better video, don’t use the zoom.
Instead, set your lens all the way wide
(i.e., no zoom) and walk yourself closer to
your subject. When you stay on the wide
end of the lens, minor shaking becomes
FOR A CAMERA so simple in design and
easy to hold, the compact Nikon 1 J3 is
surprisingly full-featured and functional.
With its interchangeable lenses, the J3
offers similar versatility and range of a
traditional digital SLR, but it’s easy to
bring along and shoot on all occasions.
Bonus tip: If you’re closer to your subjects your camera picks up better sound!
Don’t shoot until you see
the whites of their eyes
;e eyes are the window to the soul.
People communicate half of what they
mean with their mouths, the other half
with their faces. Miss the eyes and you
miss half the message.
In this latest version, the emphasis is
on speed: You can pan, zoom and focus
faster and capture those fast-moving scenes
near and far. A “Slow View” mode lets
you pick the perfect image among a
series of action shots. You also have a
whole array of creative choices, such as
continuous shooting, auto shooting
modes, which let the camera take control
of shooting settings, and the ability to
switch instantly to video mode for full HD
1080p video (with stereo sound).
Once you have the perfect photo,
it’s easier than ever to share it. The bun-
dle available at Costco includes a Wi-Fi
adapter that enables you to use your
smartphone or tablet to quickly upload the
image for sharing on social networks. You
can also use your smartphone as a remote
shutter release and as a screen
to frame yourself in a shot.
Look for the Nikon 1 J3
in your local Costco or
online at Costco.com. It
also comes with a sturdy
case and two lenses. C
For home video, you’ll also miss memories. You want to capture a moment in
time: who your kids, your parents, your
friends are right now. In ;ve years, those
faces will look di;erent.
Stay close enough to your subjects so
that you can literally see the white part of
their eyes in the view;nder. You’ll get the
faces, the emotion and great memories.
Bonus tip: Interviews work great in
vacation videos. Asking your kids what they
think cements the time and place forever.
Keep it short
Digital cameras can shoot video for
hours on a single chip. But just because you
can do something doesn’t mean you should.
A picture may be worth a thousand words,
but a thousand minutes of Niagara Falls
vacation video is worth nothing. Because
nobody will ever watch it, including you.
If you shoot just two 10-second shots
every waking hour during your five-day
road trip, you’ll end up with just over three
minutes a day of footage. Unless you’re in
Bhutan and run into a group of levitating
monks, that’s probably enough.
Bonus tip: If you’re inclined to edit,
try cutting your vacation video to exactly
three minutes. Forcing yourself to cut
anything that isn’t great will usually make
your video better. And if not, at least
Scan or click here to catch some waves
and money is
with Atomic 4 (see page 5).
Steve Stockman (www.stevestockman.com)
is the author of How to Shoot Video That
Doesn’t Suck (Workman, 2011).
The Costco Connection
Costco sells a variety of camcorders and
cameras with video capability. You’ll also find
flash-memory cards and other accessories.
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