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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...
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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.
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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How to Cover an Event in 360

Spherical video has the ability to bring a viewer right into the center of the action, no matter if that’s sports, entertainment, concerts or...
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.
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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...
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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.

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,...

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.
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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...

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So, you’ve been roped into filming the school play

We’ve all been there. Someone's found out that you have the video tools and the talent, and you get volunteered to record something, shall we say, less than exciting. Perhaps it’s a school play, or a kid’s sporting event or a musical...

The iPhone is making news in Ireland: Philip Bromwell talks mobile journalism

“It's not about replacing existing ways of working. It's about complementing them using the gear that we already have,” says Philip Bromwell. Bromwell is a journalist with Ireland's National radio and television network RTÉ. He is a unique blend of reporter, shooter...
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Visual storytelling

For the video creative, every shot tells a story. Learning the art of visual storytelling will take your video from mundane to engaging.
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Cinematography 101 — Telling stories visually

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

Video formats explained

There are lots of video formats out there. How can you tell what is the best for your project? This quick tutorial will help you decide.
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 Rob Layton made a career out of mobile video

Rob Layton has a niche: underwater mobile video. With the right gear and the right apps, Layton shoots, edits and shares entirely from a mobile device.

What is a CODEC?

There are lots of codecs out there. This article defines the term explains the most common file types.
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Lens filters for video production and photography explained

Lens filters are essential for perfect images. You have a camera, a bag, a tripod, editing software and some cool lenses. Why not try using filters?
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What is color theory? A simple explanation

Color theory can set the tone and mood for the viewer using color manipulation in pre-production, shooting and post. But what exactly is color theory?
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.
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How does green screen really work?

The secret to pulling your subjects out of the real world and placing them into a digital domain is chromakey, and that means going green with green screen.
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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.

Best video shooting practices for sporting events

If I were to speak with my former cable coordinator regarding best shooting practices for sporting events, I might be cheating. So,...
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