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.
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...
Some time ago, EarlC brought up a post concerning when do you feel you're successful as a producer? In this discussion of 'Film Fellas' Director's of Photography from feature films, television series and corporate videos discuss their viewpoints on when one feels they're a success at the business of shooting. I think the discussion applies to both seasoned pros and for those who are venturing out on their first pay shoots.
Not long ago a member was looking for info on how to shoot a live theatrical performance. He got some really good advice, but sometimes it's just better to 'see' how something should look than to just read about it.
Here's a video by Ian Lucero discussing how he shot a live dance performance. He gives some good tips on what to do to round out your shot list so you'll have plenty to work with during post.
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.
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...