Image of crew setting up light for a set
You don’t always have the luxury of filming in an area where there are windows. Sometimes you have to film on sets where there are no windows at all, but the project you are working on calls for some positive and upbeat window light.How do you create window light...
The famous “chest bursting” scene in “Alien” - reaction shot
Making a film can be as exciting as it can be frustrating. As a director, one can find themselves dealing with immense stress, whether in shooting a short film, feature length film, or just for something fun to share on YouTube. Stress, when it comes to dealing with crew...
Don’t Panic when Someone Asks you for a C47 on Set
Don’t panic when someone asks you for a C47 on set! These handy yet cryptically named devices are extremely useful in any number of situations.
The Essential Video Shooter’s Toolkit
The big day has finally arrived — a video shoot for the biggest client to ever darken your door. You’re nervous, but excited and well-prepared. You get to work setting up tripods, cameras, lights, and mics. Everything is good to go, powered-up and ready to shoot. Without warning one...
Using an XBOX Kinect One for Motion Capture
The XBOX Kinect sensor is far more than a mere camera. It maps, in real-time, three-dimensional space from its point of view, creates textures to wrap around these real-time geometries and can recognize body parts and even facial movements. You can even use it to digitize objects by scanning...
What Video Gear to Make Yourself vs. What to Buy
DIY has always been a part of filmmaking — and we don’t just mean broke college kids trying to make their first short, but also big-budget, feature-length films.
How Camera Usability Impacts Your Final Product
There’s a 19th century poem by American writer Edward Rolland Sill called “Opportunity.” It’s about a battle: a cowardly soldier leaves the field, complaining that his sword is dull and useless. If he had a sword like the king’s son, he claims, he’d fight that battle and win, but...
How to Prevent Your Sony Camera From Overheating
If you are a Sony mirrorless camera owner, you know that continuous high-quality video recording is not its strongest side because of the temperature limit issue.
How to Get Great Video Without Great Gear - Honey bees on New York City rooftops
Have you ever heard anyone say, “This dinner is really good. What model oven did you use?” I haven’t either. Then why do people say, “Wow, great video. What camera did you use?”
7 Tips for Shooting with a Selfie Stick - photo courtesy of GoPro
Behind the photo frenzy and selfie phenomenon, you’ll find a smart and simple piece of equipment worth adding to your kit. Behold, the almighty selfie stick!  Whether you point the camera at yourself or at your subject, here are a few tips to get the most out of your selfie...

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How to Get Great Video Without Great Gear - Honey bees on New York City rooftops

How to Get Great Video without Great Gear

Have you ever heard anyone say, “This dinner is really good. What model oven did you use?” I haven’t either. Then why do people say, “Wow, great video. What camera did you use?”
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