If you’re looking to get into filmmaking, there are plenty of tips and tricks to learn that will make your life a lot easier and make your footage stand out from the get-go.
It is a battle as old as video itself, and without a doubt one of the most common friction points for wedding and event photographers – the battle between photographers and videographers.
When two people are out to get the same shot from the same spot, there can be only one loser – the client.
Here’s a humorous parody about this age-old conflict, with plenty of advice professionals share but aren’t likely to admit. [Read more…]
Histograms have become an invaluable tool when assessing exposure. Combined with the ability to pick at a photo you just took, they have replaced the use of a light meter for many photographers. This is true for video as well as stills.
Photographer and videographer Cédric Hauteville started a new web series and his first episode deals with Histograms For Video. He covers the obvious like what a histogram is and how to use it, but also some more advanced topics like the importance of looking at a histogram along with the photo, and how to use histograms to judge the white balance settings.
If you look at any of today’s high-end commercials you’d soon waive them off with ‘that was done in post’ kinda comment and or most you’d be right. But in this short flick cinematographer Matthew E. Rosen of underground logic shares 7 tips on shooting low budget / high-end look special effects.
Online technological offerings just keep getting better and better. I remember the day (in the not-too-distant past) when online videos were low-res garbled messes, yet we still somehow found them to be fascinating and funny.
You see it all the time in quirky behind-the-scenes videos and outtake reels, but slating, the practice of slapping down the arm on that cool little clapper thing at the beginning of a video shot, is more of an art form that most people realize. And, when I say art form, I mean this in the same way that driving a vehicle without running over pedestrians like Grand Theft Auto Gone Wild is a fine-honed skill. Slating is what video editors go by in post production to match video shots with the correct audio tracks and synchronize them so it doesn’t end up looking like a re-dubbed foreign film.
If you are using a motorized gimbal (like the DJI Ronin or the more expensive MoVI) you’ve probably noticed that setting them up on location can be a drag. In Getting all the cables set up, attaching the camera to the plate and balancing take up precious time and are pretty much simply inconvenient. In the studio, or van you probably have a rack where you can place the Gimbal and set it up, but on location…. usually not.
Videographer Eric Stemen came up with a few clever tips on getting the gimbal up and running pretty quickly while going on location.
Some video take a month to shoot, this video took a total of 5 seconds to shoot. All and all it is kind of a brilliant concept: Take a 1000FPS Phantom Flex 4k, mount it on a car racing at 50km/h and place 80 extras in front of it…
Oh, and make it a single take one-shot.
And make the singer lip-synced.
One of the things that got me right away with Fringe
is the fact that I am an uber-geek are the titles they put to note locations. Rather than doing those boring lower thirds, or the typewriter thing that note a new location, Fringe always had those hovering titles that looked like they were hovering over buildings in the perfect perspective and moved right along with the camera. Videographer and Editor Basti Hansen takes us through a step by step tutorial of creating a Fringe-like hovering title.
It is a rather lengthy tutorial but it covers everything you need to know.
While there are many sliders out there (some even at $75), the secret to getting a good slider is getting it to slide smoothly. The team at Rhino did something I truly appreciate in a brand and released a video showing how to build a cheap (semi) pro slider.
You can see the video above, and get some tips after the jump, but for me this video goes beyond the simple idea of a how-to video. I would love to see more brands giving free education even if it not directly associated with their sales. (I assume that if you are building a $75 Home Depot slider, you are not gonna buy their $800 slider). But I love the idea that educating young filmmakers and making “fancy gear” accessible to them will drive the industry higher and hopefully make the cake bigger.
More about the DIY slider after the jump
JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.
JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.