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Kindle e-book online extras to go

with the new 2013 version of the guide

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I know it's not all about the equipment but it useful to know what is actually any good. This section is more information to compliment the book.. Equipment I use and like I have included a link to the exact product where possible.

I've recently been using a loupe on the dslr. What a revalation! Its hard to explain just how useful it is ,so , as well as mentioning it in the kindle book I have done a short video as well. Hope it is useful. BTW this was less than £30 on amazon so quite a snip! You can get it here :

Using a combination of in camera audio with tripod footage. This video is an example of patience. I went to the forest of dean a dozen times to get these clips. Well worth it though as I LOVED watching the boar :)

 600d video settings


This isn't my discovery but I thought of you who use the canon for video might be interested.

I was dabbling with my canons 600d video settings and wasn't happy with the results. Or rather it was hit or miss.. I stumbled across these settings on the web and thought I'd give it a try..


picture profile - neutral

sharpness - 1

contrast - minus 3

saturation - minus 1

colour tone - not changed

highlight tone priority - enabled


Because I film mostly birds/wildlife I choose to put the saturation up one (personal preference)

The results are very impressive ... this is nothing more than a 20 second clip of this setting...

hope this is helpful to someone..


ps and btw... someone watched the video and thinks the shapness can be improved by turning it further up so perhaps the tinkering will continue.

I also tested the 600d in a wide variety of different real life situations in a vid called goldcrests in summer on myy channel, might be of interest to someone considering the 600d for wildlife type stuff ...

Using the DSLR for video


I have now used both the camcorder , sd900 and a dslr for video. The camcorder is definitely easier but here is an example of the dslr (canon 600d) used to film wildlife..

Video settings and information  As discussed in kindle book

Hopefully this review will be helpful because I have used this tripod for thousands of hours and lugged it up mountains and around the world!

which brings me to point number one which is that it is actually quite heavy to carry but weight brings stability and light tripods aren't as good. So anyway heres a couple of velbon top tips:

Add some foam with tape to one leg to carry it with. holding cold metal especially in the winter is quite painful. So just wrap a part of one leg.

This next tip makes a big difference and I haven't seen it anywhere else. Put your camera on the tripod full zoom and loosen the tilt adjustment. You will notice it wants to tip forward. Add (with tape) weights to the plastic handle until it balances. I added a small peice of lead and a couple of nails for fine adjustment. This balances the tripod and makes a big difference because now you don't need to tighten the tilt screw so much and its smoother.

I broke one head of these and bought the replacement head which wasn't as good but I sent it to velbon who serviced it for nothin. What a difference!

This tripod works well but like anything it is down to practice and user skill. It takes practice to pan smoothly and anyway the more I make films the less keen I am on panning shots. Like zoom, I use it sparingly. But this tripod is very good value and I wouldn't spend hundreds on something for wildlife filming in the conditions I am out in. This is a very tough bit of kit and the tripod is the NO1 buy for video closely followed by the loupe which I will link to here.