What to bring on a low-budget, small-footprint documentary shoot without sacrificing lighting, audio, or stabilization.
Gain some historical context for frame rates, learn how to quickly combat rolling shutter effects, and prime yourself on the basics of resolutions. As a photographer who has transitioned to including video work for clients, I understand how daunting all this can seem. Let this introduction be your guide for confidently exploring your settings for more natural looking footage – even for a beginner!
So, you want to try rack focusing with a follow focus unit but you have no idea what any of that means. How do you set them up? How do they even work? Worry not! I’m here to help you navigate these murky waters so you can come out looking sharp.
A brief overview of full frame sensor camera usage in filmmaking and what different sensors mean for your depth of field, field of view, and rolling shutter effects.
A beginning videographer’s introduction to matte boxes, including a handy checklist of what to look for before trying one out.
It is common to provide a potential client with a preview of your body of work with a demo reel. This example of your portfolio has the advantage of showing tangible proof of your skills and also reflects your style and taste. Learn what a demo reel is, how to highlight your best work, and other important considerations.
External recording monitors are the Swiss Army knives of the camera department. They are an external hard drive, a reference monitor, and an exposure assist tool all in one device! Learn more about what you can do with them in this intro that includes an explanation of signals, color space, and media/cable compatibility.
Choosing the right memory card for a DSLR video or time-lapse project is a critical decision. Memory cards have three fundamental properties: form factor, card capacity, and card write/read speed. I go through each one in detail so that you can make the best card decision for your video and time-lapse projects.
Head down to Panama with a complete Ronin novice and discover how you can shoot professional-looking footage even if you’re brand new to gimbal stabilizers.
Using only 3 lights, I’ll demonstrate how to set up for 3 popular lighting styles for interviews. I’ve done a lot of experimenting, especially with limited resources. This guide will hopefully help you gain confidence to create an appropriate lighting design for different moods and small locations. By no means will this be an exhaustive masterclass, but I’ll outline some tips, tricks and observations that I’ve developed over years of pointing cameras at faces.