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Audio for DSLR Filmmakers

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Quality Audio with DSLR Cameras is a Huge Challenge

Still photographers are increasingly making the transition to video. DSLR cameras produce fantastic motion imagery. Quality audio is problematic. This program is for photographers who need to make compelling video with superior audio without the luxury of an additional sound person or a truckload of expensive gear.

Atlanta-based photographer and videographer Michael A. Schwarz began teaching himself video 4 years ago. He found learning good audio techniques to be the most difficult part of filmmaking. Michael shows how to get the best quality audio while shooting DSLR video. Microphone selection, placement, recording directly to camera or with a digital recorder are critical to creating compelling motion projects. Michael explains, step-by-step, simple, best practices for shooting multi-camera interviews.

Michael A. Schwarz is an independent editorial, and corporate photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Over a 30-year career, Michael has completed more than 6,000 assignments for publications like USA Today, Fortune, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, LIFE, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Business Week and Forbes. His corporate clients include The Home Depot, UPS, Nike, The Coca-Cola Company, Synchrony, Harvard University, Brown University and Georgia Tech. In addition to maintaining a busy shooting schedule, Michael conducts photography workshops, does digital photography consulting and training and is a featured instructor of Nikon School.

Michael is a 3-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, has received numerous awards from the Pictures of the Year competition and was a winner of the Dag Hammarskjold Award for Human Rights Advocacy Journalism. LIFE Magazine chose Michael as one of the ten best young photographers in the U.S. He collaborated with writer Ellen Spears on the book "The Newtown Story:One Community's Fight for Environmental Justice.", published in 1998.

Schwarz is a Baltimore native and a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) Atlanta Chapter and was a co-founder of Weddingbureau.com. Michael maintains memberships in National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and The Atlanta Press Club (APC).