I've shot video of a variety of subjects on an uncountable number of locations, and while I don't always take every light I have with me, there's one lighting tool that never leaves my road kit. As you're planning a shoot, remember that before you add artificial light to a setup, you should always see what you can do with the natural light you have.
Many would-be documentarians get trapped into thinking that only sweeping, epic topics are acceptable fodder for documentaries. They just get stuck in that Ken Burns' Civil War mode of thinking. We've written quite a few times that doesn't have to be the case, that you can find the thread of a good documentary story in even seemingly trivial events and mundane lives. In fact, that's often where you find the most interesting documentaries!
A wedding videographer is always conscious that a couple's wedding is one of the most important days in their lives, so he knows that they will choose a form and venue with a special meaning for them. Some couples hold them in unusual locations -- not just in parks or gardens, but even stores like T.J Maxx or Whole Foods Market.
Documentary storytelling is found across a diverse swath of mediums including celluloid film, DVD, online video and even interactive scrapbooking. Even through these changing mediums, the documentary has stuck with us.
A cinematographer used to be thought of as a film artist, but cinematographers are creators of original works - whether it's film or video. All of us who use a camera to make original video are artists in one form or another and having good skills in all areas of the production process pays off.
4K cinematic resolution is on it's way and although it's too costly for the average consumer now, just like the early camcorders and DVD players, the prices will surly come down. Are you ready to take that next leap?