light (lit) n.,adj.,v., lighted or lit, lighting. -n. 1: that which makes things visible, or affords illumination: all colors depend on light. 2: an illuminating source: the sun, a lamp, or a beacon. 3: the light, radiance, or illumination from a particular source. 4: that which differentiates good and...
Video feedback training, once the province of the pros, is now helping weekend athletes and serious amateurs improve their short radius turns, backhand volleys, aerobics routines . . . and their videomaking. The first time we realized the tremendous value of video for training - to help people improve a...
Good videomakers know how to divide their undivided attention to videomaker whenever location sound enters the picture. Try this experiment: Turn on your TV, button the volume all the way down. Watch for 15 minutes, switching channels to try out a variety of programs. Get a sense of how well...
Yearning to give your videomaking a new look? Creative special-effect visuals are only a lens manipulation away. If you're a photographer turned videomaker, you're probably already familiar with the tricks of the lens trade. If you're new to the game, however, prepare to let your videomaking creativity soar. Getting super close-up...
With so much videotaping going on, it's been easy to notice something that protessional film and videomakers have known for years: People react to being taped and to seeing themselves on tape. Now the significance of this observation may not be immediately apparent But any videomaker who has taped ordinary...
When the smell of burnt leaves hangs in gentle wafts in the snap of a Jack Frost day, thoughts of Halloween and the witching time come creeping on black kitten paws.Videomaking and All Hallows' Eve are a natural combination, because most of the celebrants are already in costume with...

Essential Learning

How to Compose Your Shot When Your Camera Can See Everything

How to Compose Your Shot When Your Camera Can See Everything

Something to remember when shooting spherical video is that everything is visible in the shot.  Even if you think you are being clever by...
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:...
How Camera Usability Impacts Your Final Product

How Your Camera’s Limitations Change the Way You Shoot (and How to Get the Shot Anyway)

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...

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,...
Which is the Right Image Sensor for me?

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...
Person flying a drone.

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.
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...

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.
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...
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3 Tips for an Effective Multi-Action-Cam Shoot

The action camera market segment, popularized by GoPro, has made point of view (POV) filmmaking accessible to the masses. There’s something compelling about watching...
Best Frame Rates for Slow Motion

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...
Image illustrating Rule of Thirds

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.
Make shooting RAW your default plan; you can always change it.

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.
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.
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...
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.
The Essential Video Shooter’s Toolkit

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...
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...
Digital ISO standard is measured by how sensitive your camera sensor is to light combined with how good your camera’s firmware is at interpreting the signal from the sensor

ISO: What It Is and How to Control It

Put simply, ISO is how sensitive to light film stock is. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive your film and the less time...
Camera Movement Techniques

Camera Movement Techniques

A static frame is not only boring to your audience; by keeping the camera still, you’re also missing out on one of the most fundamental storytelling tools in cinema — movement.
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