What to bring on a low-budget, small-footprint documentary shoot without sacrificing lighting, audio, or stabilization.
Picking the right lens to go with your Canon-mount camera is a crucial decision if you want to make beautiful videos. While the camera itself is an important piece of the video equation, the lens is just as important—if not more so. In terms of both photography and videography, your final product will only be as good as the glass that you are shooting through.
Shooting video between the hours of dusk and dawn has its challenges and perks. It creates a natural ambiance for a certain feeling you’re trying to evoke in a story, provides a lighting situation that brings the vision to life, or it can leave you stumped on how to get proper exposure when the sun sets. Before you set out for that twilight adventure, here are a few important things to remember to help make your night videos shine.
Portable recorders are simple to operate but understanding the workflow will help make editing in post-production easier. Here is a brief introduction to recorders so that you can start adding higher-quality sound to your film projects.
Color matching is an important process for filmmakers. It allows for consistent lighting across scenes (making shots taken at different times look like they were shot at the same time), makes more less or more flattering results on people, and sets the overall tone and mood of an environment. Here are the basics of color temperature and a brief primer on the science of light and color.
How many frames per second is best when shooting video? This depends on the look you are going for. Here is a basic primer on FPS and what it means for your project.
A good DSLR can take high-quality video, operate well in low light situations, accept external microphones, and, of course, also take high-quality still photographs. While most modern DSLRs have video capabilities, some rise above the rest when it comes to specific features that videographers want.
Digital video aspect ratios have caused a little bit of confusion among beginner filmmakers. Learn the difference between DAR, PAR, and SAR and how they affect HD video.
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Unless you’re a full time filmmaker, you’re only video gear is probably a humble DSLR and a tripod. Technically, this is all you need and there are many excellent examples of bare-bones filmmakers with groundbreaking work. There are obstacles with this approach, however.