If you enjoy traveling, I’m sure you also enjoy taking travel photos. And if you want to make a step further and start shooting videos, you’ll see there are plenty of new things to learn. This is why Filmora.io has another fantastic tutorial for you. In their latest series, they’ve teamed up with filmmaker Justin Brunelle to bring you an extensive and fun video guide for making epic travel videos. In 18 videos, from what you need to pack, different shooting techniques and gear, to even getting paid for your work – this tutorial covers it all.
It’s often said that the camera is the least important aspect of shooting video. That people will watch a low quality noisy video without any problem, as long as the sound is flawless. But sound isn’t just about getting a clean quality recording. You do want to get clean audio from your talent. That’s an obvious one. But sound can enhance your story even more than the visuals.
This video from The Royal Ocean Film Society looks at how sound is used in film for storytelling effect. Like camera movements, or shot transitions, story-enhancing sound is often so perfect, you barely even notice it’s there. Sometimes, it’s obvious and in your face. And occasionally, sound isn’t there at all. Either way, playing with sound can produce very dramatic and telling results.
I often get behind the scenes video when I’m out on a shoot. I have a couple of DSLRs packed in the bag just for this purpose. One usually gets locked off on a tripod covering a wide shot. The other goes handheld. But getting smooth handheld footage can be a pain. A gimbal or steadicam would be fantastic, but often overkill. And it’s a lot more weight for me to carry out into the wilderness. Fortunately, there are other options.
In this video, photographer Peter McKinnon shows us some of the methods he uses to get stable handheld footage. I regularly use a few of these techniques myself. But there’s definitely some new ones here I hadn’t thought of that I’ll be trying in the future.
There are some non-photographic things photographers always have around. It’s not only gaff tape, but Foamcore or foam board can be your best friend in many photo and video projects. Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter shows you five ways you can use it for photography and video and improve your work on the cheap.
You can find foam board online or even in dollar stores. It comes in different sizes and colors, but Caleb particularly talks about black and white and how you can use it for photography and video shooting. So, here are some ideas.
So you’ve bought a DSLR for shooting videos and you’re not sure where to begin. It can be overwhelming, as there are plenty of settings and variations. If this is the case, Darious Britt has a useful video for you. He’ll teach you some of the basic settings for getting the best video look with a DSLR, and quickly guide you through the camera settings and features he normally uses. Although you can have different features in your camera, the principle stays the same, and you can still apply the same settings like resolution, frame rate, ISO, shutter speed etc.
It’s hard to get smooth video without stabilizer, that’s for sure. But unfortunately, sometimes you’ll be stuck without it and you’ll have to improvise. There are various tricks for stabilization, and Ted Sim from Apurture shares six DIY hacks each of us can use. They involve readily available items, and some of them even involve relying only on your body and don’t require any props. So whichever situation you find yourself in, you will find at least one of these tricks handy for getting smoother footage.
We are all witnesses to vast technology advancement, and it’s fun to watch how it can be used for art. Artist Damien Henry seems to think so as well, so he wanted to see what happens when he uses machine learning to create a video – from a single image.
He used a prediction algorithm and gave it one photo at the beginning. From then on, the machine calculated each following frame and predicted what it would look like. The result is almost an hour long video composed of more than 100,000 frames, and it’s pretty impressive.
For all those who want to start a food vlog, shoot food commercials or stock videos, this is a real treat. Filmora.io has released a series of videos to teach you everything about shooting cooking videos. From lighting to shooting tricks and different types of editing – this series provides it all. Everything is explained well, in a comprehensive language, and it can be really useful to all of you who want to shoot cooking videos for any purpose.
Another great thing is that this tutorial makes food videos closer to all of us who don’t have tons of professional gear and a professional studio. You can achieve great results with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, good light and of course – some improvisation.
Recently, we stumbled upon a video that was too good not to share. Made by Luca Amhofer, the video shows a 360-degree rig he made himself for shooting videos. The rig enables a filmmaker to place the subject in the center and rotate the camera around it. And unlike most creations of this kind, this one is inexpensive, yet still efficient.
We got in touch with Luca, and he was kind enough to share some details of his build with us. There are also some BTS images and the video, where you can get acquainted with the process. There’s also the final result, so you get to see what he achieved using this simple and cheap DIY solution.
It’s been long awaited and long demanded, but C-Log is now officially coming to the Canon 5D Mark IV. It’s a firmware update, but not one you can do yourself. You’ll need to send your camera off to a Canon service centre, and hand over $99 to make it happen. While this isn’t going to make a difference to most photographers, it will be a welcome addition for video guys.
The paid upgrade is available from July, and new 5D Mark IV with Canon Log pre-installed will be coming soon. But, with the upgrade, you should be able to make the 5D Mark IV achieve a similar look to that of Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras.