With more photographers taking to video now, it’s good to be armed with a little information about the basics. It seems like there might not be much real difference between photography and videography, especially as we often use the same kit for both. But there are some important techniques and principles that you need to take on board. In this video, Matti Haapoja from TravelFeels talks about seven of them.
Establishing shots are important when you are telling a story, they set the scene and often the mood for the viewers. We recently added the Mavic Pro to our arsenal, and the number of story-telling tools you get from just $1,000 (or $899 in current promotion) is staggering.
Here are three establishing shots that you can do with the Mavic Pro and would be very hard to do without a drone.
Photography and video have some similarities, yet plenty of differences. If you’re a photographer who wants to switch to video, in this video from B&H, you’ll hear six essential tips that will make this transition easier. Photographer David Flores talks about the things that every photographer should take into consideration before they start shooting video.
Sometimes, you want to use a shotgun microphone, but the angle is too wide, or the location demands that the microphone would be very close to the subject. So close that it gets in the shot. Videographer Griffin Hammond has a great tip on placing a shotgun mic very close to your subject, while not seeing it in the final frame. Think invisible shotgun mic.
The trick is to actually place the shotgun very close to the subject (i.e. in the frame) but making sure that nothing is moving behind or in front of it. Then masking the video “in post” with a piece of frame that does not have that microphone in it.
The first piece of gear you need for capturing photos and videos is the camera. So, you’ve bought it and used it, but there are some items you should also invest in right after your camera. The guys from The Film Look suggest five things you should buy right after your camera. They focus on the filmmaking stuff, but most of these can also be applied to those who want to upgrade their photo gear, too.
When you want to shoot a decent travel video on vacation, you may face plenty of challenges. They won’t only make the vacation less enjoyable, but also the footage won’t turn out as you wanted. Filmmaker Brandon Li lists four most common problems of making travel videos and gives practical solutions to overcome them.
Brandon’s tips will help you on several aspects. First, you’ll plan your shooting better. Second, you’ll return from a vacation with great footage you’ll turn into an interesting and engaging travel movie. And last but not least – you’ll enjoy the vacation more.
Antonio Pantoja is a multi-award winning photographer and filmmaker located in Louisville, KY with a passion for horror. Despite not going to film school and only boasting an 8th-grade education, Pantoja has garnered over 50 awards for his efforts over the last 3 years.
Pantoja says that he got into horror at the ripe age of 4 years old. He was left unattended and watched The Exorcist. He was hooked but the film scared him so badly that for the next 4 years, Pantoja slept in his parent’s bed, in the middle of them, ultimately ruining their sex life. (This is why his brother, Vinnie, is 8 years younger than him.) He claims that he wants to make a movie so scary that you’d have to watch it on the toilet because “I want it to literally scare the shit out of them”. His films are described as graphic, gory, white knuckle, sucker punches. Or as he describes, “a beautiful nightmare”.[Read More…]
Getting a monitor on a DSLR* can be tricky. Base plates, cages, and magic arms all come to mind. If you want something a little more compact, cold-shoe ball mount is the go-to option.
Caleb Pike has a sweet little solution that uses GoPro parts that make a mount that only tilts and does not rotate or pivot. This makes it extra easy to tilt the screen with one hand and not worry about it rotating around. It stays perfectly aligned.
Long takes in movies (whether they’re real or fake) add a feeling of tension and get us involved. In this educative video essay from Fandor, you’ll learn some of the ways how the artificial long takes are created. For all you aspiring filmmakers, this could be a helpful source of ideas. And all of you who simply enjoy watching movies – this shows the “magic” behind those long-lasting scenes that seem to be filmed in one breath.