Whether you're a hobbyist or professional videographer, live shoots can make the heart beat faster, palms get sweatier, and the mind go mad. Relief in the pressure requires belief in preparation. Be it niece Mary's wedding, Johnny's first Little League game, or the live seminar you've been hired to videotape,...
Show your little leaguer the way to keep from stepping in the bucket as he or she rounds the bases. Use your own video footwork to get a tight shot of your favorite punter's golden toe as it impacts the pigskin. Or follow through with your documentation of the...
Anyone who can master the essentials of video production may have what it takes to benefit from a money-making videomaking opportunity of a lifetime. Starting a new business is a highly desirable goal for many people; fulfillment lies ahead for those who succeed. The videomaking business is developing like the video...
In these days of high technology, "special effects" usually means electronic effects. In fact, the one device that accomplishes many of the most common effects so familiar to TV viewers-wipes, split screens, and dissolves-is aptly named a special-effects generator (SEG). Wouldn't it be great to be able to achieve these basic...
Even though I have a background in aerial still photography and had a high-wing Cessna 172 at my disposal, shooting videos from the sky proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. With the advent of small, high-quality equipment, moving to video was a natural progression. I decided to use...
A renewed interest in wildlife preservation has increased the frequency of animal "shootings." Fortunately, they're happening with video cameras! There's no better way to capture the reality of the wilds than with the "aliveness" of video. However, taking a video camera outdoors to record animals in their natural habitats presents...
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...

Essential Learning

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.
Understanding Lenses: How They Work

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...
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...
Image illustrating Rule of Thirds

What is composition and why is it essential in filmmaking?

There are actually shapes and alignments that people find pleasing. But photo and film composition also needs to tell a story.
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...
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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.
Time lapse videography: a new way of looking at things

How to create a stunning timelapse — even in changing light

One of the great things that timelapse video can do is show us our world in a way that’s impossible or very difficult for...

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?

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...
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...
Understanding bit depth: the difference between 8-bit, 10-bit and 12-bit video

Understanding Bit-depth and Color Rendition for Video

A video camera’s ability to reproduce a smooth gradation between colors and shades is an important factor when seeking to capture filmic images. The...
A Primer on Live Video Production

A Primer on Live Video Production

Many people want to stream events across the country so far away viewers — whether millions or a select few — can enjoy. Live...
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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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
5 Tips for Shooting in Log Profiles

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...
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...
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.
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