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Documentary Production: Handheld Camera Techniques


Documentary Production: Handheld Camera Techniques

There is no doubt that a tripod lends itself to steady camera shots, as well as smooth pans and tilts. However, when you're shooting a run and gun documentary, a tripod can become too cumbersome to lug around. Sometimes, a tripod isn't needed when attempting a more stylistic handheld approach. Either way, without a tripod, your camera work is more likely to suffer from the shakes. To reduce the amount of excessive movement in your video try practicing the following handheld camera techniques. - Keep your elbows bent and tucked near your body.

Home Video for the Holidays


Home Video for the Holidays
The holidays are in full swing! As a videographer, there's no doubt you've made sure your camera is charged, stocked and ready to capture the holiday cheer. Unfortunately, your family members don't share your movie-making enthusiasm. They duck and dodge, and do everything within their power to avoid being caught on tape...

Video Beyond All Believable Bounds


November 12, 1970 marked the birth of a story so outrageous it was often considered an urban legend. A 45-foot dead whale, weighing a whopping eight tons, washed up onto a beach in Florence, Oregon. Due to the sheer size and increasingly putrid smell of the deceased cetacean, the Oregon Department of Transportation decided the best solution for removal was to blow it up using a half-ton of dynamite.

Tips for Composing, Lighting, and Shooting Corporate Videos


Tips for Composing, Lighting, and Shooting Corporate Videos
Recently, Videomaker completed its first-ever video production webinar and we couldn't be more pleased with the turn-out. There were so many good questions, but, unfortunately, not enough time to answer them all. Here, at Videomaker, we value every question presented and aim to answer each one of them. One question we were unable to answer within the allotted time was regarding basic tips for composing, lighting, and shooting a talking-head corporate video...

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