Are you needing to make green screen content on the go? We have comprised a list of all the top green screen apps out there and will cover them all.
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This week we talk about how often you should replace your gear, and when to buy new vs used.
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We talk to accomplished gaffer, Michael Walsh about what it's like to handle the lighting for some of hollywood's biggest movies.
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We talk about pre-production and whether or not anyone really needs it. Spoiler alert, most of the time, everyone does.
With the ubiquity of cheap LEDs, the sky’s the limit for the creative filmmaker. But besides just lighting a scene, what can you do with RGB LEDs?
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In this episode of the Videomaker Podcast, Chris and Mike talk about how to make the leap from amateur to professional in the world of video production and filmmaking.
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We talk with Joel Shryack about editing the sound for Jumanji: The Next Level.
The screenplay is the backbone of a movie. It is the written version of a film, and it’s what everyone on set is working together to bring to life. For many, writing dialogue can be the most daunting part of screenwriting. When you have...
We’ve all been there. Someone's found out that you have the video tools and the talent, and you get volunteered to record something, shall we say, less than exciting. Perhaps it’s a school play, or a kid’s sporting event or a musical recital. Your first, gut reaction...
Mike, Nicole and Chris talk about what they seeing as the big improvements in video tech that we hope to see in 2020.

Essential Learning

Exposure Triangle

The exposure triangle explained

The exposure triangle is the most fundamental concept of image capture, yet many people know little about it. Here is a simple explanation.
Image stabilization systems are very useful in reducing camera shake when shooting handheld and, with practice, you can learn to achieve smooth tracking shots.video

How Does Image Stabilization Work?

There are various ways for a videographer to stabilize their footage. If your camera doesn’t need to move, a tripod is ideal. Where camera...
It's important to understand your customer's needs and to illustrate how 360-degree will specifically help their business.

How To Make Money With VR and 360-degree Video

While the gear buy-in can be relatively inexpensive, producing engaging content is a bit more challenging. Let's take a look at gear, production and...
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Drone Safety: Tips and Best Practices

Playing the OddsDrones are just like any other piece of gear; at times, they can and do fail. Similarly, pilots are just like any...
Best Frame Rates for Slow Motionvideo

How to Choose the Right Frame Rate for Your Epic Slow Motion Sequence

Until recently, directors didn’t have a lot of choice in slow motion without highly specialized equipment. 1987’s Panaflex Gold II for example, could only...
Make shooting RAW your default plan; you can always change it.video

When to shoot RAW (and when to skip it)

A RAW image frame is like a film negative — different processing can give you different results.
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Composition in photography and film

There are actually shapes and alignments that people find pleasing. But photo and film composition also needs to tell a story.

10 vintage lenses to add to your kit: an in-depth investigation

Using vintage lenses lends a unique character to modern images while breathing new life into old glass.
Simply put, HDR is a color enhancement feature that allows the range of colors to be extended on both the light and dark ends of the spectrum.

Keeping Up with HDR — No Camera Upgrade Required

We’ve all had those moments in our lives when we are stopped in our tracks by the awe-inspiring beauty of the “now”. Magnificent morning...
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Take Flight with These 8 Must-have Drone Shots

Camera-equipped drones are capable of capturing brilliant, awe-inspiring shots, and chances are you’ll want to learn the essentials of beautiful aerial cinematography yourself.
Understanding Lenses: How They Workvideo

This is How Your Camera’s Lens Produces a Usable Image

In its most basic form, a lens is a piece of glass or plastic with curved surfaces. Lenses are used to bend rays of...

Lenses: How does focus work?

If you’re new to shooting video, you may notice that fellow camera geeks like to talk a lot about “glass”. While there are a lot of things made of glass in the video world, there’s only one thing called “glass”: Your camera lens. Here's how it works to produce a useable, in-focus image.
Which is the Right Image Sensor for me?video

Which image sensor is right for you?

We all know light sensors make our cameras work, but what makes a good light sensor? Which camera and image sensor combo is best...

10 Shorts every cinematographer needs to see

Orson Welles often had great ideas for movies and then spent years going from studio to studio in Hollywood trying to get someone interested,...
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What is mise-en-scène? An essential filmmaking concept

Mise-en-scène means “placing on stage” and refers to props, lighting, wardrobe and blocking.
Getting enough B-roll not only will make you happier later, but your viewers will understand your story that much better, too.

What is B-roll and how do you shoot it?

One of the most overlooked areas of video production is gathering B-roll footage that tells a compelling story. Here's what B-roll is and it's so important.
In the real world around us, there are three hundred and sixty degrees of information, and it’s the directors job, along with the cinematographer, to figure out which very few degrees of that vista best help tell the story to the viewer.

Choosing the Right Focal Length

We’ve got this picture in our minds of a director holding her fingers up in twin L shapes, one inverted, and peering through the...
As cameras have increased their video resolution and framerate capabilities over the years, the SD specifications have evolved to include more space and faster write times.

How to Choose the Right SD Card

SD stands for “Secure Digital” — it’s a technical specification published in the waning years of the 20th century, created by three digital giants:...
Getting Started with 360 Degree Video

How to Get Started with 360-degree Video

Within the last few years the video industry has seen the emergence of a handful of new techniques, technologies and methodologies. Aerial videography has...
5 Tips for Shooting in Log Profilesvideo

5 Tips for Shooting in Log Profiles

Video can be an unforgiving medium, and without proper lighting it’s easy to lose data in both the highlights and the shadows. The most...
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