Heading out into the wild with a backpack full of action cameras or a drone can make for good times, but as the feature sets of these power-hungry devices grow, portable power solutions and sensible best battery practices are needed to keep those cameras rolling.
Unless you bring a van full of lighting equipment, the most important consideration when deciding how your scene will look is the existing lighting on your video shoots, which leads us to why sometimes your lighting is great and sometimes it sucks.
Long takes have been getting a lot of attention recently with the release of Alejandro Iñárritu’s “Birdman” which was is filmed in what looks like one continuous shot from start to finish. In fact, the film is made up of a series of smaller takes, all cleverly blended together to give a single seamless appearance. What’s exciting is with a little bit of prep and practice, that movie magic can be easily replicated at home.
Want a professional looking shot, but only have access to basic hardware store clamp lamps? If you have three of them, in addition to some tin foil, wax paper, a few binder clips (or clothespins), and wire hangers, you will be able to rig your way to a winning shot.
Drones are becoming easier to fly, more stable, more reliable, and even safer. But how do you keep them in the air and reliable? Here are some easy tips to keep your drones in the air and shooting video.
Lens adapters are an inexpensive way to get lots of older inexpensive lenses to work on your modern video camera. Dollar for dollar, they can be one of the best investments in getting some WOW footage.
The history of the video camera is a peculiar one. Back in the 1970s, we had cameras such as the bulky Sony Portapack with its separate VTR unit which housed and recorded to large video cassettes. It was heavy! Jump ahead 40 years and we have a tiny camera small enough to fit in the palm of one’s hand. But with the evolution from large and bulky to small and light came some unforeseen challenges. A camera rig is one of the solutions to many of these issues.