A lack of gear or budget is frustrating, but it shouldn’t stop you from creating. To help you get stunning shots even on a tight budget, Dan Mace has prepared a fun and useful video. He recreated four shots from movies and TV shows with almost no budget. Mainly he used objects he found around his house and he even acted as his own stuntman. So, if you need low-budget filmmaking ideas, check out his video below.
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GorillaPod is a handy little tripod that can make your life easier on various occasions. And in this video, COOPH has an idea for making your own. You most likely already have all these items and tools at home. But even if you don’t, it will cost you a couple of bucks to get them and make your own DIY GorillaPod.
I know many people who keep a hold of all sorts of bits and pieces thinking “I’m gonna need this someday.” I admit, I can get like that from time to time. If you’re a filmmaker/photographer and have this tendency, all those knick-knacks that you keep stored in your garage or basement might actually come in handy. In this video, Michael Lohrum a.k.a. DIYCameraGuy goes through his garage and gives you plenty of ideas on how to turn household items you already have into filmmaking gear.
A couple months ago, we had a family friend who got a hold of some really old family photos. She came over and asked me if there was any way that I could convert her old slides to digital images. Since I do not own a slide scanner, I was about to tell her that there was nothing I could do, that was until I came up with a plan B.
I was holding one of her slides up to a light to see the image, when I came up with an idea.
I knew that I needed to backlight the slide to see the image, and I also knew that if I could get in close enough, I could capture a digital image of the slide. In order to get a good solid backlight, Here is what I came up with
It’s nice to have access to an entire studio full of fancy lighting, but that’s not always possible. Sometimes we just have to figure it out using a little ingenuity and some DIY skills–and for a lot of us, that’s all part of the fun, especially when it comes to lighting!. The guys over at Film Riot are masters at DIY lighting setups which is why we always look forward to any new post they do covering the topic. In their latest tutorial, the team covers a heap of lighting tips to either fill in for or compliment an existing lighting setup. Plus, they are insanely simple to make (some of the tips actually don’t require you to make anything).
Film Riot explores ways you can make your ordinary household lighting (read: flat, boring light) and change it into more dramatic and interesting lighting simply by swapping out light bulbs or hitting them with a coat of high temperature paint to change their temperatures. [Read More…]
Judging from the current situation, we’ll face another round of lockdowns soon. Winter is also closer than it seems here in the Northern hemisphere, so all in all- I guess we’ll be at home a lot more. And in case you get bored, you can always spend some quality time with your camera. In this video, Run N Gun will show you ten ideas for shooting close-up and macro photos around the house, and I’ll jump in with three of my own.
Sometimes things go wrong in the field. Many times, the first reaction is to trash the images as soon as we get home. However, it just may happen just a mistake turns into a piece of art.
Ole Jørgen Liodden experienced just that during an expedition to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. He shot a polar bear flowing on a sheet of ice from the expedition ship. To take those kinds of air/sea split photos, you attach the camera to a poll and dip it in the water. Specifically, this time it was a 2.5-meter long pole to get the angle right.
Anamorphic lenses are an asset in any filmmaker’s toolbox. As a creator, you’re faced with tough choices when it comes to your masterpiece. However, when asking yourself ‘How do I make this story look great on the screen?’ that’s where an anamorphic lens is pretty badass.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many nursing homes went into a full lockdown. The elderly folks fall within the most vulnerable group, so many of them are still in isolation. But an employee at Sydmar Lodge Care Home decided to cheer the residents up during lockdown. Robert Speker recreated famous album covers with them to lift their spirits up, and his wholesome project soon got viral.
If you are like everyone else stuck at home, trying to live stream, you probably know about live switching. A switcher is a box that lets you control multiple cameras; The live part enables you to push the stream into Facebook or Youtube. Black magic has a basic ATEM mini for four cameras for $300. Now Feelworld has the LIVEPRO L1 – a four-camera switcher with a frigging LCD for the same price.