Looking for a thumbs up or thumbs down on my training DVD idea.

Update: Check out my courses here.

Show of hands who would be interested in me making a Crash Course DVD on DSLR Video?

I know that I am not a cinematic guru by any stretch of the imagination, but I think I still have a lot to offer for people just getting their T2i or 550D or even Canon 7D.

Since it would take a couple of months over the summer to create something that I would be proud enough to put my name on it I would be charging for it.

Please provide a comment below, even if you have never commented on my site before, I am interested if this would help others and what you might think it is worth. You don’t have to write a lot, just a simple ‘interested‘ or ‘not interested‘ would be great.

Thanks to all the thousands of people that visit this blog every month. I am amazed that over 50% of my visitors are returning visitors. Thanks for coming back over and over!

If I did decide to create this training guide, I would still create quick videos on this site. I would probably do a behind-the-scenes look on how I am creating the DVD and sharing what I am learning a long the way.

Also if anyone is interested I moved my key light up much higher on Caleb Pikes suggestion and I think it looks much more natural. Now I just need to work on the skin tone since I look a little too red even though I was at the pool today.

33 comments

  • Hi Dave

    Thumbs up from here! Definetely.

    A few comments: In this context, I really think that you should mix up your recordings with shoots at different locations,- outside, day and night etc. I realize that recording the vids for this site at your home is very convenient, and probably the reason why you are able to do so many updates in such a short time. Makes perfect sense. But for a DVD,- I hope you’ll be able to mix it up a bit more.

    Pricing the DVD: I sell stock motion graphics on the web, and I’ve learned that you really need to set a low price. When I first started out, I just couldn’t get myself to price an item at $30 having spent countless hours working on it. But thats what I needed to do. I guess you could think of it this way: If 100 people look at your $30 DVD and 50 makes a buy, that comes to $1500. If the same 100 people look at your $100 DVD, you need 15 buy’s to get to $1500, and I don’t think thats going to happen. So I’d set a low price and go for volume – down the road, you may even manage to setup some deals with camera shops, books etc…

    Just some thoughts…
    Where do I pre-order? :oD

    Kind regards,
    Michael

  • Dave

    I would buy it in a heart beat.

    Take your T2i and walk us through every function with a brief explanation of each setting and how to access everything.

    Highlight white balance and ISO so that we are real comfortable with most scenes. Go for lens, too.

    Touch on editing and related software packages. In your case Sony Vegas. I would love an easy (simple) to understand visual on layering tracks. You can talk ‘baby talk’ to me on that: I don’t mind.

    I wouldn’t get too, too heavy into gear: outside of maybe some basic cages and glides. Or you could skip gear totally.

    How much would I pay?

    If you covered a whole lot of stuff……between $25.00 and $45.00.

    Your video format/style presentation is perfect for tutorials. You don’t feel the need to get over technical with your viewer.

    Dan

  • I think their is a market for it.

    I thought that was what this blog/website was about though?

    Learning DSLR tip and tricks or techniques.

    Check what is already offered on ebay and base your pricing off of that.

  • Thanks everyone for the encouragement! My head is spinning with ideas on how I might do this.

    I’m a bit worried that many will not buy it because I don’t have the type of experience that someone like Philip Bloom does. The last thing I want to do is deceive people into believing something that I’m not.

    I guess the only way I can really make this work is to make an awesome product and have the testimonials to speak for themselves.

    @Michael, that was my thought too, I would like to do each chapter in a different location and try to cover many different lighting conditions.

    @Todd, you are right that is what this site is all about. What I am thinking about is creating a well structured training guide for those getting started. The videos I do now are done really fast without any planing, if I do the DVD I would plan each chapter out very carefully and test it out on others to see if they understood it.

  • Awesome Idea!!!! I have been following you for a while and I think the idea is great! What I like about you is that you are tackling your training as a beginner not as a pro and that is what makes you unique and interesting to watch and I believe alot of people could easily relate to you. I myself am new to DSLRs and I have gotten alot of valuable ideas from you.

  • @Lou, that might be an angle I could use, since I’m learning this as I go it is all fresh in my mind on what is confusing to me and others just starting might have the same stumbling blocks as I do. I would guess that someone that has been shooting professionally for years would have forgotten what are typical stumbling blocks they had when they first started.

  • Thumbs up!

    Here are some things I would like to see:

    1. Outdoor exposure in daylight, getting the most out of the camera.
    2. Recording audio, with external mics
    3. Quick tips on photos (seems everyone thinks I can take photos now because of this camera, your looked pretty good on Flickr.)
    4. Lenses

  • I’d pay $100.00 for a good instructional video on T2i and Vegas right now. I’ll be one of your first buyers if you do it. Love your format.

    Speaking of that, I have a T2i and new pimped-out Dell (i7, 64bit, 8GB RAM, 1TB drive, etc). Camera is taking amazing stills of my family, but I bought it mainly for commercial purposes, (i.e., video for website, etc.). I watched your piece on workflow with great interest, but it’s still over my head. If I buy Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9, will I be able to transfer, edit, and render straight from the camera, or will I need to “transcode” using “Neoscene” in order to be able to add titles, effects, etc. Would like to get started with that, but don’t know what I’m doing.

    Thanks. Great site. Please keep it going. I’m learning with you.

  • I would definitely be interested in the dvd idea. I think you’re doing good work here; you’ve helped us a lot already and therefore I can imagine that what you’ll offer in such a project will obviously be more detailed and useful.

    As for the price; since I’m quite “into these things” as well, I wouldn’t go over $30. In fact I recommend from $19.99 to $29.99 based on what you’ll be offering. The important thing is to set a goal on the minimum you want to make out of this; $2.000? $5.000? $10.000+? It’s your call so try to attract as many as you can by keeping it reasonably low.

  • Hi Dave,

    I really like your videos and a learning DVD would be very appreciated – even if a lot of useful tips already can be found on the internet.

    I do also have a 500D and plan to do a little blog on how to shoot video with it. The question is, will I find some time and is it worth it?…

    Back to the DVD: If you decide to do it – please make it in HD and offer a download. I think this is much better than a DVD – and it is cheaper, too 😉

    Cheers,

    jonni

  • I have been making videos for a while and I am close to purchasing a T2i. I have watched all of your videos. I think a DVD would be a cool idea. I like the idea that you are coming from a beginners level and from there going up in skill level. That way its a learn as you go process and makes it easy for beginners.

  • Dave

    A further thought on the financial side of this may be to go with more than one video.

    If you were specific with the training you could make multiple discs and sell them at $20.00 plus, each. I would pay $80.00 and up for four or more vids that each zeroed in on a direct subject. There may be a bigger market for separate videos at lower prices?

    That way you’d have an unlimited series of stuff that newbies (me) would love to have.

    I mean you’ve got lens…. color….sound…..editing….gear…. there is no end.

    Dan

  • I like the idea but I also like the informal quick posts associated with your blog. You seem approachable in this venue and I would hate to see this become too ‘professional’ feeling. That said, I do like the idea of a dvd but related to more specifics like your actual settings in Vegas (I second the import question from Clarence) or your inexpensive lighting and room set up, etc. There are a bizillion resources for aperture, iso, speed settings… Just keep being one of us little people -stumbling through this adventure of DSLR video.

  • @Michael, thanks for your ideas.

    When I learn something with my camera, I mostly want to record what I just learned so I don’t have to repeat the test later on down the road, but what is cool about it too is it seems to help others. I am glad I come across approachable.

    I guess if I do create this DVD I will want to keep it in a relax format but also at the same time have my thoughts well structured and not as random as they are now.

  • First let see the DVD or some clips, and then, as you know quality defines price
    You have something good, you are a nice person, and that is a lot

  • Dave

    Could you give me your best pick for my T21.

    I want to keep the price under around $800. IS is a must, with the best DOF capabilities.

    What Canon lens would you buy for your T2i if you had between: let’s say $400 to $800.

    I could spend less, of course but I’d like to see what you like. I shoot hand held video only.

    Dan

  • I would most definitely be interested in a DVD about DLSR video. Not a lot of information out there right now and would like to take advantage of this feature better. Thanks

  • @Dave thanks for your feedback. I am leaning towards doing this starting at the end of August when I have a bit more experience with the camera.

  • Hey Dave!

    Sweet website you’ve got going on here! I just stumbled upon it today. I also have a Canon EOS Rebel T2i and am loving it thus far.

    As to your feedback request regarding a tutorial DVD… Yes please!! Especially since you have the same camera that I have, it will be a great tool to have to learn stuff I haven’t discovered yet.

    I am already subscribed to your Vimeo account and will be looking out for an update on your account regarding this project you are thinking about.

    Cheers and keep up the good work!

    Asif
    Canada

  • Hey Dave,

    It depends on how many hours of instruction you would be providing and/or how in depth you would go on each “Chapter”. I would suggest selling individual chapters as downloads and the full “DVD” at a discount price.

    I’d say max $1.99 (SD) -$2.99 (HD) per 30-60 minute episode/chapter. $25-$35 (SD) -$35-$45 (HD) for the full set assuming you have around 10 episodes.

    One episode request: Shooting for minimal editing.

    Good luck with the project.

  • Hi Dave

    I’ve been following your web information and really enjoy getting your tips 1-2 times a week. I’m wondering how’s it going with the possibility of this training video? Even my husband asked me if it was available yet as he was going to buy it for me for Christmas. I think he has other motives though as he also recently bought a T2i. But clearly you have advanced way beyond the basics in your techniques while some of here are still struggling or there has to be new owners just trying to get the hang of it. I have experimented when time permits and gotten the video a little clearer, but certainly not to the level I had hoped for. I’m almost at the point of purchasing a point and shoot camera that takes video (an upgrade to the first one I started with for underwater) to carry with me on my next trip. I hate the thought of adding another camera and battery charger to my already 28 pounds of camera gear that go in my carry on, just to get clearer videos.

  • @Laurena I have the DVD on the back burner for now because I need to learn more myself, but I do have a rendering product coming out in a month or so.

  • Dave,
    That is a great idea and I would buy it as I am just getting started with dslr video myself. I haven’t seen any advertisement for a dvd, have you put one together yet? I have a T3i and have taken a few videos with it but would like more how to stuff.
    George

  • Hey Dave:
    Why are you holding on to the course? You should be putting it up and let your viewers benefit from your knowledge and skills. I would certainly pay $100.00 for a good DVD or set of downloadable episodes. You can easily set up a Pay pal account on this website so that viewers can buy your product. If you don’t have the ability to do it on this site you should check out Network Solutions and set up a website with them with e-commerce capability etc. Looking forward to your releasing your videos soon!
    A fan,
    Joseph m. Armillas

  • HI Dave,
    I have been following all your videos and enjoyed them very much. I ran across a crash course for Canon T3i for $45.90. It’s over 3hrs hours long but covers mostly stills but very little on movies. It is very informative as I am just a beginner and if you did a crash course on DSLR movie making I would buy that also.
    George

  • DAVE, I forgot to mention the author of the T3i Crash Course it is Michael Andrew.
    George