Amid all the talk of second screens and mobile devices, one simple joy is easily passed - a handy light source. Now all we need to do is trade our touch screen swiping for reflector techniques and we can entertain dogs, cats and dragons for hours. Seriously, here are tips that you can take to your production set. But before you can make use of the following tips you must be able to control your reflector. Be sure you get a feel for the angle at which your light source is strongest since your reflection will be a weaker version (less so if you've got a highly reflective surface like a mirror).
If you’re planning an adventure where you'll need to cross a river, bike your way through the forest or climb a mountain, including an action camera in your video kit can help you relive the fun later. Better yet an affordable model such as the newest Polaroid XS80 mountable HD action camera.
If you thought a camera with two lenses is only for 3D, then you'd be as surprised as we were when we heard of the ATC Chameleon action camera. It has two lenses that shoot two videos simultaneously (in sync) and that can be independently positioned to shoot from different angles.
Choosing and using the right mic for the job is an important step in any video project, and understanding a microphone’s directional characteristics is one determining factor. In this segment, we talk about a microphone’s directional response and sensitivity, how to interpret a polar response chart, and we listen to examples of various mics to hear how response works in practice. Knowing how to determine the directional characteristics of a mic, and understanding how this affects the sound your mic picks up, can help you make an informed choice for your next project.
Nanophysicists at IBM must have had some time on their hands. When they're not developing the world's smallest memory bit (consisting of only 12 atoms), they somehow found the time to throw in a few dozen more atoms to make the world's smallest stop-motion movie.
Maybe this is due to a recent drive through the Avenue of the Giants, but trees are more and more bringing me to humility. If you ever have the chance, visit Northern California's coast and see the redwoods, especially the northern-most areas where portions of forest were filmed as the Endor moon from Return of the Jedi. Aside from making great backdrops, let's focus on wood products for video.
The basic concepts of controlling depth of field with aperture, focal length, and distance are fairly easy to grasp, and we covered those topics in part one of this series, but now it's time to dig a little deeper. In this segment, we talk about perceived depth of field, how sensor size and angle of view can affect your ability to get the depth of field you want, and using depth of field to rack focus. There's a lot of confusion surrounding these topics, but a little common sense, and of course a bit of math and science can help us break it all down.