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Doug Jensen is a cameraman, producer, director, editor, and consultant with over 28 years of video production and post-production experience. He is also the owner of Vortex Media, which produces instructional videos, camcorder field guides, and innovative production tools for video production, television, field-guide-v3and digital photography.


These books make the perfect companions to Vortex Media’s Instructional DVDs and ensure that the critical information you need will always be at your fingertips.

Each Field Guide is written from an operator’s perspective to help you master the camera and maximize its performance.  With over a hundred pages of essential information, you won’t find a single important topic left out. They’re packed with detailed explanations, tutorials, photographs, checklists, menu trees, parts diagrams, suggested settings, tips, tricks, and page after page of practical advice.

In the no-nonsense style for which Doug Jensen is known, he cuts through the clutter of confusing, misunderstood, and often overlooked features.  He explains each camera function and provides real-world examples and step-by-step instructions for how to use them.  His suggestions and advanced techniques will improve the quality of your footage, streamline your workflow, and make you more productive.

What could be better than a portable reference you can carry along with you on every shoot? Vortex Media’s Field Guides will help you set up your camera, configure the menus, choose a video format, achieve the best results with the special-effects functions, create custom Picture Profiles, set up shot transitions, delete bad clips on the fly, choose the right focus mode, control the exposure, and much more.

No matter how well you think you know your camera, you’ll learn things in Vortex Media’s Field Guides that you didn’t know before – plus they make a handy reference anytime you need a quick refresher course. Vortex Media’s Field Guides and Instructional DVDs are the best accessories you can buy for your camera. Price $48 plus shipping to UK (PS They also do a guide for the EX-1)



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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