Every time I am at my local big box hardware store I always take a peek at the lighting aisle to see what is new and exciting in the world of home illumination.
(Or more specifically, I check to see a manufacturer has finally created a big honkin’ LED light bulb that would be bright enough to use for DIY video lighting.)
Well, after a recent shopping trip, I am happy to report that I finally found a few options for inexpensive, readily available hardware store LED light bulbs that work very well for indoor video lighting.
For those of you who shoot a lot video (or, even just a little), having two camera angles can make your clip more interesting and more professional looking. Unfortunately, two cameras isn’t always what you have to work with. That’s why the team from over at DSLR Video Shooter made this tutorial that shows you a work around to make two angles out of one in post production. Plus, he shows you how to do it in both Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premier Pro.
When you depend on creativity for your livelihood – you can’t help but be inspired by other artists.
One of my favorite bands is Walk Off The Earth.
These guys leveraged the exposure from one viral video into a full blown career as rock stars – which is pretty amazing – but they are also phenomenal artists in every sense of the word.
Their latest video for the song Rule the World directed by 28 year old Canadian director John Poliquin features a “little planet” 360 degree GoPro rig, stop motion animation, colored smoke, pigment powders and of course, their trademark Walk Off The Earth style.
Making the move from stills to video may seem trivial. I mean as far as gear goes any camera can tke some decent video, right?
But film making is an art on its own and getting a few good pointers when you start can make a long way. The folks at DSLRguide are celebrating their (hair short of) 50,000 subscribers, and we for 50 filmmaking tips for absolutely free.(including sound, cinematography, business and some misc tips)
It’s a short 7 minutes video, but if it will save your movie once it was worth watching.
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The Sony a7S is well known for the quality of its groundbreaking high-ISO video, with an endless amount of test videos posted online.
Back in September of last year one video rose above the rest when Carbon Studios released a short film lit entirely by moonlight, aptly named ‘Moonlight’.
Blown away by the video, a director by the name of Sam Shapson said he “felt compelled to apply what they’d accomplished to narrative”, and the result is the first narrative film ever to be exclusively lit by moonlight. Of course this film was also recorded with the a7S.
Unlike ‘Moonlight’, however, which was mostly recorded using ISO 12,800 and just two scenes used settings of up to 32,000, ‘Refuge’ was shot at ISO 51,200.
The resulting video is, unsurprisingly, far from perfect, but the camera’s low light capabilities are absolutely incredible.
When I get angry, I like to break things. When I get very angry, I like to smash them to smithereens. It’s like therapy – stuff-shattering therapy. Granted, this hasn’t happened in a while…perhaps all that self therapy paid off in the long run. But, regardless, I can identify with the urge to smash the crap out of anything that’s not working.
That is why I have empathy towards photographer and serial vlogger Casey Neistat who yesterday released a video in which he demolishes a Canon EOS 70D that was being temperamental and kept flashing the dreaded “Movie Has Been Stopped Automatically” error, prohibiting him from continuing to record.
As I have been filming more and more video I have been really struggling with ways to improve the audio quality of my footage.
It seemed that no matter what I did, or what gear I was using, I always ended up with a massive amount of noise in my audio.
This led to more and more expensive gear purchases – without much benefit. But, as with most things in photography that seem easy but aren’t – the problem was largely with my technique – not my gear.
Fortunately, I recently had the opportunity to hang out with a bunch of musicians for an afternoon and got some really killer tips for recording better audio.
So to help you avoid the same mistakes that I have been making, here are three easy tips for recording way better audio with your video.
Ben Von Wong is a great friend. No, we may have never spoken or emailed or seen each other in person, but in my mind we go way back. (There’s a lot of people I know in my imagination…I’m quite the popular fellow, my therapist says.) Yet, even better than a friend, Ben makes an awesome photographer, and we’ve previously featured his work here…and here…and here… You get the idea. He’s practically family.
Recently, Ben and a team of creative professionals had the opportunity to photograph and video The Royal Istana of Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia’s newest royal palace. The palace is off-limits to the general public and access is only granted on an invitation-only basis. I mean, what rich and powerful guy wants his local deli clerk just strolling into his thirteenth living room while he and his harem are seated in a circle reading Twilight?
The old adage “Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken” holds a lot of wisdom, but every once in a while a new product shows up to replace an old one that we didn’t fully realize needed to be fixed. In many ways, Adaptalux appears to be that kind of item. Using a combination of interchangeable, flexible lighting arms, Adaptalux hopes to revolutionize the way macro photographers and videographers light their photos.
Sam Granger, owner and CEO, says Adaptalux will eliminate three major problems currently found in the typical macro lighting setup. He says his nifty invention will battle the inherent restrictions of most light sources, reduce the amount of time needed to setup and start shooting, and save photographers money all at the same time. That’s enough to get my attention. Let’s take a look at their Kickstarter video to see how they plan to do it. [Read more…]