Photo and video gear is expensive, we all know that. Still, there are so many items you can buy for less than $50, yet they’re incredibly useful for shooting. In this video, Peter McKinnon will show you six awesome, but cheap gadgets you can use for filmmaking, but also for photography.
Today, PolarPro has announced their new Peter McKinnon Edition Variable ND filters. They’re available in two strengths of 2-5 stops and 6-9 stops. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the 77mm 2-5 stops version in my possession for the last couple of weeks. As I write this, I’m sitting in Glasgow airport waiting to board a plane to take it on a real test in the deserts of Arizona, but I’ve been able to have enough of a play with it to give some first impressions.
While the long take is more famous in movies than in anything else, it’s become sort of a thing for vloggers, too. Often they’re walking, holding the camera while they talk and it can go on for several minutes. But it can be difficult to add creativity to these types of shots, especially when you’re filming on your own.
In this video, Peter McKinnon shows three camera tricks to help add some interest to your long shots talking to the camera, surprise your audience and leave them wondering how you pulled it off. The secret? You’re not filming on your own.
“Done is better than perfect.” When you have a task, get it done as good as you can, learn from the process, and move on with something new. In one of his videos, Peter McKinnon talks about this approach when working on photography projects. But is this approach wrong? In this video, Jamie Windsor discusses whether “done” is really better than “perfect.”
It seems that the question “Does gear matter?” is a subject of an endless debate. Some photographer say it does and some that it doesn’t, but the fact is – you can still take good photos even with cheap gear. And in this video, Peter McKinnon will give you a proof.
Peter took some photos with the super-cheap Canon EOS T100/4000D and the new Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. Can you even tell which photo was shot on which? Take a look at the examples and try to guess, you may be surprised.
If you want to turn your love for photography into a business, there’s a lot to take into consideration. To make things easier for you, Peter McKinnon has created a great video about the things he wishes he’d known sooner. If you’re about to turn pro, this will spare you some mistakes many photographers make at the beginning of their career.
Chasing your dream sounds wonderful and romantic. But in real life, there will be plenty of people who will tell you not to do it, no matter if you want to become a freelance photographer, filmmaker, YouTuber or do any other creative job. In this video, Peter McKinnon visits Gary Vee who will tell you why you shouldn’t listen to those people, and why you should follow your dream instead.
My first paying photo gig was a product shoot. It ended up turning into a regular thing for a couple of years. It wasn’t what I was passionate about, certainly not as passionate as Peter McKinnon is in this fourteen and a half minute video, but it was a lot of fun. It taught me a lot about light, shadow, reflections and perspective, and I’m so glad I had this opportunity early on in my days with a camera.
It turns out that product photography was Peter McKinnon’s first photo gig, too, and his bread and butter for several years. And it’s something he’s very passionate about. In the video, Peter walks you through his thought process and how product photography allows him to get creative. He also talks about potential ways one can monetise product photography, too.
One of the things common to all creatives, even the most successful ones, is that we all have doubts. Doubts in about our abilities, that we can’t stand up to the job people expect of us. And those doubts can often turn into an inner monologue something of the lines of “You suck. You should just quit and get a real job”. But getting over it is easy. You just have to let yourself suck, as this video from Peter McKinnon and the amazingly talented Stefan Kunz illustrates.