Week of July 4 Giveaway: How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

We all know that video is the next big thing for bloggers. The bloggers who really know how to shoot video will always be at a distinct advantage over those who don't. And those who know how to really use video to tell stories will always win out over those who don't. How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck by Steve Stockman will help you drastically improve your video taking skills. 

Want to win a copy of How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck? We're giving away five copies and as well as one Kodak Playsport

There will be one grand prize winner who will win a copy of How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck + the Kodak Playsport.


There will be four winners of a copy of How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck




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This giveaway ends on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:59 PST 

How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck OFFICIAL TRAILER from Steve Stockman on Vimeo.


How to Shoot the Cutest Kids on Earth: Yours

· Think in Shots: Short, 5 second shots show us a lot, and keep others from being incredibly bored. · Shoot at their level. Don’t shoot down at them, be with them. Much more interesting.

· Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes. You want memories...and kid’s lives are told through their faces. If you miss their eyes, you’re missing detail you’ll want later.

· Keep the video short. Your mother loves your kids, but if she’s bored, she’s just like you. It’s only one click from your link to Family Guy.

· Misbehavior is more watchable than good behavior. Which story do you tell: the night you were eight and sat down to a polite dinner, or the night your dad told a joke and your sister laughed so hard milk came out her nose? Shoot first, ask questions later.

· Use interviews. Kids say the darndest things, and all that.


How to Shoot Vacation Video that Doesn’t Suck

· Keep your shots short: You don’t want to have to live your vacation again in real time.

· Think before you shoot: If it’s not interesting (or not a good shot) don’t bother.

· People are more interesting than scenery: Have the scenery behind them by all means, but what you’ll want to remember in 10 years is your family and friends.

· Adding a story to you video kicks it to the next level: Tell that trip to Europe from your husband’s “first time out of the country” perspective and it will be much more interesting. At Disneyland? Don’t think “Billy in front of the castle.” Think “Billy being excited/worried about meeting Mickey.”


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Comment by LILIAN HURN on July 7, 2011 at 5:42pm
ohh yeah i want to win :)
Comment by Denise Hoyle on July 5, 2011 at 8:40pm
Comment by Denise Hoyle on July 5, 2011 at 8:38pm
I REALLY need to learn how to shoot video that doesn't suck :)
Comment by Emilie @ Baby Loving Mama on July 5, 2011 at 5:26pm
Comment by Emilie @ Baby Loving Mama on July 5, 2011 at 5:24pm
I could definitely use some pointers in this area! Thanks for the chance!
Comment by Onica {MommyFactor} on July 5, 2011 at 2:02pm
Comment by Onica {MommyFactor} on July 5, 2011 at 2:01pm
I've slowly started using more videos and could really use this book. Thanks for the giveaway
Comment by Carrie with Children on July 5, 2011 at 1:16pm

Here's my tweet


Comment by Carrie with Children on July 5, 2011 at 1:15pm
This sounds like a great book and the Playsport looks awesome! I'm trying to get into vlogging - this would be a great way to start!
Comment by kdc521 on July 5, 2011 at 1:11pm
I had not heard about this book.  What a cute title.  I'm sure that I could learn a lot!
Comment by Sarah Van Pelt on July 5, 2011 at 12:59pm
Would love to win this!  Right now I only take video with my crappy phone.
Comment by Karen on July 5, 2011 at 12:48pm
I really need this! I am ok at taking pics but need help learning to shoot quality video. Thanks!
Comment by Jeng Nepomuceno-Silo on July 5, 2011 at 12:41pm
I'm entering to win a copy of How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck + a Kodak Playsport!


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