Many times when shooting, you're trying to capture more than just the scene. You are trying to capture the spirit of the scene such as the mood of the people involved, the ambiance of the environment or perhaps the speed at which the scene evolved.
The most obvious way to make your audience aware of the importance of a movie prop is to shoot a closeup cutaway of it, but this is also the most boring and predictable method. How then, can you let the audience know - in a split second - what a props is or its importance to a scene without slowing the scene down for a classic cutaway? Watch the Masters.
Handing a CEO an award for an exceptional product will never get old. At the International CES there is the extra excitement of a proud display, and Videomaker was pleased to give product manufacturers something more to smile about than getting through the whirlwind days of CES. Our job included finding and reporting products that will advance and help videographers make better video. Here are some of the best that you will want to check out in 2013.
Visual aesthetics ride the roller coaster journey of trends. Currently the process of making video look like miniature toys is a popular look, and why not? Called tilt-shift photography, this stylized look takes real world footage and turns it into a visual toy box. Expansive landscapes and steel behemoths are rendered to tabletop playthings; a world in the palm of your hand. Video builds on this photographic illusion, changing real-time motion into a false staccato of stop motion animation. The popularity of the tilt-shift look is in part due to the accessibility of 35mm lenses, the ability of DSLR cameras to shoot video and the software capabilities of editors to simulate the look in post-production. This article is about the latter: how to create the tilt-shift look in post. It’s a process that can be done in most editing software and visual effects packages. With a little bit of effort, the virtual effect can be hard to discern from the practical tilt-shift image.
The winter blues are upon us and the world is awash in cloudy cover and cold colorless terrain.There's nothing to shoot, nothing to do, and nothing to inspire. Here are three tips to help you get through the winter doldrums and prepared for some great spring shoots.