Even if you don’t use a smartphone for creating videos, it can still be a useful addition to your workflow. There are tons of apps out there you could find useful, and Sareesh Sudhakaran from Wolfcrow shares some of them in his latest video. This is a list of 18 apps he actually uses, so take a look and you may find something useful for yourself, too.
These 10 go-to shots will save you when your mind goes blank on set
When shooting a video, you don’t always know how it will be edited, especially when shooting a documentary. Sometimes, the action happens only once, and you don’t have too much time to think. And when you need to cover an action or a scene, it can happen that your mind can simply go blank. Does it sound familiar? Sareesh Sudhakaran from Wolfcrow shares ten go-to shots he can always rely on when his mind goes blank while shooting. These won’t only help you get the shots you need, but also help you get focused and get back on track.
This is why colorists are essential in every movie
Proper color grading is something we often take for granted in movies. Sareesh Sudhakaran from Wolfcrow shares some thoughts about color grading and why colorists are an essential part of the industry. As a matter of fact, this video might make you wonder how come there’s no an Oscar category for colorists yet.
Getting perfect exposure every time with the meter you always have with you
Using a handheld light meter isn’t for everybody, and we occasionally forget to pack a grey card. But there are things that are close enough to middle grey that they can work just as well. Grass is a common subject to meter off in rural areas. But something else you can use is your hand.
Using your hand as a target for spot metering isn’t a new idea, but it’s one that many don’t know about. All modern cameras have built in reflective spot meters, and the hand can be a great way to nail a good exposure. As long as it’s in the same lighting conditions as your subject, you’ll be able to get it spot on every time. This video from Sareesh at Wolfcrow shows us how it’s done.
F-Stops vs T-Stops – What are they? and when do you use them?
F-Stops are a familiar term when it comes to photography. As more photographer start to delve into the world of video, though, they’ve started looking at cinema lenses. The familiar F-Stops are gone, replaced by T-Stops. What does it mean? Aren’t they both basically the same thing? Why do two seemingly identical lenses such as the two Samyang 20mm lenses above have different maximum F and T values? What’s the difference?
It’s a little difficult to sum up the difference in a sentence or two, but Sareesh Sudhakaran from Wolfcrow is here to help. In his latest video, Sareesh talks us through the differences between F-Stops and T-Stops. We also learn when it is better to use a lens which uses one measurement over the other, and which may be most cost effective.
How to use shutter speed to your advantage to help you get the film look
There’s more to getting the “film look” with video than simply shooting your camera at 24 frames per second. It’s not just the colour grading, or the lens used, either. These are, of course, factors, but all components of a much greater whole. Issues other than the framerate are mostly variable. One issue that often gets ignored, though, is the shutter speed.
In this video from Wolfcrow, Sareesh Sudhakaran tells us how shutter speed affects our footage. It explains why we don’t always get the look we desire, and how to correct it. Breaking the 180° shutter rule (which is different to the other 180° rule) can work to great effect when used with a purpose. At other times, it just looks like a mistake. Understanding the principles behind the rule, rather than simply accepting it, helps us to know when and how to break them.
How to setup and light for interviews
Interviews are one of the most common video subjects that most people will shoot. Even if it’s not a regular thing for you, an interview is pretty much a certainty at some point. They’re pretty easy to shoot, but there are pitfalls that can catch you out if you’ve not done it before.
In this video from Wolfcrow, filmmaker Sareesh Sudhakaran walks us through the process of how he sets up for interviews. He talks about the things to watch out for, as well as how to eliminate problems that may arise.
Hard, soft, specular and diffused lighting and how it affects your subject
Understanding different types of light is important. If you don’t know how light works, then fixing issues that show up in your lighting during a shoot is going to be a pain.
In this video from Wolfcrow, filmmaker Sareesh Sudhakaran explains the different types of light, how they affect our subject, the problems they can present, and some tips on how to overcome them.
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