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Crafting Your Own DIY Light Modifiers

Crafting your own DIY light modifiers

If you're shooting video and need a way to alter the quality of your light sources, then making your own homemade light modifiers may...
How to Shoot a Professional Video by Yourselfvideo

How to Shoot a Professional Video by Yourself

Early in my video career, I wanted to make a film to enter into a local short film festival. Just one problem: none of...
10 Production-saving Accessories

10 Production-saving Accessories

Inclement weather, dead batteries, missing assistants, cars that break down, tripod legs that snap, shoots being delayed for hours, getting kicked off of locations,...
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?”
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...
What Video Gear to Make Yourself vs. What to Buy

We Show You Where DIY Video Gear Succeeds and Fails

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.
Don’t Panic when Someone Asks you for a C47 on Set

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.
Hardware-Store Worklight

Pro Lighting Setups with Hardware-Store Worklights

Three lighting sources are all you need to create a basic 3-point lighting set-up. If each light is identical, no worries: there are ways...
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 Capturing Exceptional Color with Any Camera

5 Tips for Capturing Exceptional Color with Any Camera

Recently, I was excited to discover that one of my favorite TV miniseries from the 80’s was coming out on DVD. But when I...

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Easy ways to create glitch video effects

Thanks to advancements in computer editing software, creative minds can add glitch video effect to any video project. Here's how.

High-end look, low-cost camera: How to get more from your budget camera

How do you get the most out of your budget camera and production gear? The key is to know both your tools and the look you want in your final product.
Shot of videographer holding a DIY parabolic mic dish, standing next to a camcorder on a tripod.

How to Build a Parabolic Microphone Dish

It's easier than you think to make your own parabolic microphone. In this tutorial we'll tell you why you need one and to DIY and inexpensive solution.

You probably don’t need new video production gear

If you're like me, you probably have an online shopping wishlist full of thousands of dollars in new video gear, but do you actually need any of it?

DIY Tripod alternatives: How to support your camera using everyday objects

We all know the importance of smooth and steady camera work, but what if you don't have a tripod to make it happen? No worries — here are some tripod alternatives to use on your next shoot.
Man posing with a tripod in the desert

10 inventive ways to use your tripod

Regardless of whether you're using an ancient tripod or the latest model, you will always be able to perform a variety of shots if you are creative and resourceful.
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...
Crafting Your Own DIY Light Modifiers

Crafting your own DIY light modifiers

If you're shooting video and need a way to alter the quality of your light sources, then making your own homemade light modifiers may...
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Microphone Hide and Seek: 7 Ways to Hide a Lav

Microphone Hide and Seek: 7 Ways to Hide a Lav

Ever notice that it’s okay to see mics in some video productions, but not others? What’s up with that?
How to Shoot a Professional Video by Yourselfvideo

How to Shoot a Professional Video by Yourself

Early in my video career, I wanted to make a film to enter into a local short film festival. Just one problem: none of...
5 Tips for Capturing Exceptional Color with Any Camera

5 Tips for Capturing Exceptional Color with Any Camera

Recently, I was excited to discover that one of my favorite TV miniseries from the 80’s was coming out on DVD. But when I...
10 Production-saving Accessories

10 Production-saving Accessories

Inclement weather, dead batteries, missing assistants, cars that break down, tripod legs that snap, shoots being delayed for hours, getting kicked off of locations,...
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A Step by Step Guide to Creating Bright Window Lighting without...

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...
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How Lying to Your Actors Can Draw Out More Convincing Performances

Making a film can be as exciting as it can be frustrating. As a director, one can find themselves dealing with immense stress, whether...
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