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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...
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,...
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:...
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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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.
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...

Best smartphone cameras for video — 2021

Nowadays, more and more people are reaching for their smartphones to shoot video. In recent years, smartphones have advanced drastically in regards to their...
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...
Best Frame Rates for Slow Motion

How to choose the right frame rate for your epic slow...

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...

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Why color temperature is important for video

Color and color temperature can be crucial components of just about any scene. For instance, the lighting of an orange sky typically associated with a sunset. Why is that? Color temperature inherently delivers a feeling or mood and serves as a distinct tone that...

3 livestreaming setups to amp up your streaming game

If you want to start livestreaming, or you're looking to step up your game, we have three livestreaming setups for you to try.

Everything you need to know about HDR livestreams

HDR livestreams are becoming more common, but what does it take to stream in HDR? We're here to cover everything you need to know.

Everything you need to know about depth of field

What is depth of field? Let’s start by determining what it is not. Depth of field is not a tangible thing. Depth of field changes depending on the way one takes a photo or shoots a video. Understanding depth of field is essential in...

Everything you need to know about livestreaming

The popularity of livestreaming continues to increase and isn't slowing down. We're here to show you the best strategies and techniques.

Drone photography: how to get cinematic drone shots

Aerial footage is something that has eluded modestly-budgeted productions since the concept first came along. Smaller cameras, inexpensive radio control technology and now the mass adoptions of drones have brought the possibility of great aerial footage and drone photography within reach of practically any...
Cinematography Techniques

Cinematography 101 — Telling stories visually

Cinematography is more than just pointing a camera and capturing images. The Cinematographer's art is visual storytelling.

Cinematography terms you need to know

There are many working parts when it comes to cinematography. We'll give you the most important cinematography terms you need to know.
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Astrophotography timelapse guide

How to record a stunning astrophotography time-lapse

Astrophotography timelapses are beautifully vibrant videos that allow people to engage in astronomy. Here's what you need to know to record one yourself.

Everything you need to know about blocking

Writers spend most of their time worrying about the words that the characters on the screen will say. Sound engineers worry about how to...
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What is a DIT and what do they do?

Ever heard of a DIT? DIT stands for Digital Imaging Technician. With the advancement of digital cameras, this position was created to assist camera...

Features you need in a vlogging camera

Finding the best camera for vlogging As I have said (a few times) before, most hammers will drive a nail into wood. Price and quality...
Controlling Exposure

Controlling exposure – useful tips and tricks

"Exposure" is the amount of light that hits the photo-sensitive element in a camera. Exposure controls the gradations of brightness you see on...
How to film magic tricks

Capturing magic on video: how to shoot magic tricks

Translating live magic tricks onto video can be difficult. In this article, we will give you a few tips for capturing magic on video.
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