Zhiyun Crane 2S Gimbal — Pros, Cons, Price & Features (Review)

Gimbals are the perfect tool for shooting smooth video — whether it be a wedding video, comedy sketch or a feature film. But although there are a lot of great gimbals for mobile devices and expensive cinema cameras, there aren’t many great gimbals in that ever-so-elusive median price range. Enter the Zhiyun Crane 2S —… Continue reading Zhiyun Crane 2S Gimbal — Pros, Cons, Price & Features (Review)

What Is a Focus Chart, How They Work, and Where To Get One

Before you yell, “Action,” you need to make sure the subject in your frame is in the sharpest, cleanest focus possible. This is known as critical focus, and it makes all the difference in having a professional-looking video and an amateur one. You need the right tools on-set to properly calibrate your camera. Right now,… Continue reading What Is a Focus Chart, How They Work, and Where To Get One

Ultimate Guide to Camera Gear — Every Type of Camera Rig Explained

Shot List SeriesShot SizeShot FramingCamera AnglesCamera FocusCamera GearCamera MovementCamera Lenses When faced with a blank canvas, a painter must first choose their brush, colors, and subject before they even make a single stroke. Similarly, a filmmaker approaches a shot by first choosing the right tools that serve their story. Some of the most impactful tools… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Camera Gear — Every Type of Camera Rig Explained

Mirrorless vs DSLR — Pros and Cons for Photo and Video

As camera technology evolves, the mirrorless vs DSLR debate is becoming more and more about preference. While DSLR cameras may have been the frontrunner for the last few years, mirrorless cameras have made such incredible advancements that both professionals and beginners alike swear by them. We’ll lay out the key differences between a mirrorless camera… Continue reading Mirrorless vs DSLR — Pros and Cons for Photo and Video

Deakinizer Lenses & Tilt-Shift Effect — Vintage Style, Roger Deakins’ Look

TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTO Roger Deakins is one of our favorite cinematographers to study because he is always pushing the envelope. Case in point, we’ll take a look at some “Deakinizer” lenses. We’ll give you a brief history of why he decided to alter lenses for an intended tilt-shift look. We’ll show you tilt-shift… Continue reading Deakinizer Lenses & Tilt-Shift Effect — Vintage Style, Roger Deakins’ Look

Camera Sensor Sizes Explained: What You Need to Know

Inside your digital camera is a very important element: the sensor. Camera sensor size is definitely something to consider when renting or purchasing a camera. The image quality and the flexibility of what kinds of images you can capture is directly related to your camera’s sensor. So how exactly does camera sensor size matter? Let’s… Continue reading Camera Sensor Sizes Explained: What You Need to Know

Cooke Cinema Lenses: Breaking Down the “Cooke Look”

TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTO Selecting the right lenses for your project is one of the many considerations before production begins. And considering Cooke lenses may not be such a bad idea. Cooke lenses have become a staple in Hollywood, because of the particular look, feel, and overall quality of what they produce. So, what… Continue reading Cooke Cinema Lenses: Breaking Down the “Cooke Look”

Three-Point Video Lighting: Key, Fill, & Backlight Setup Guide

Why do filmmakers need to know about 3 point lighting? It’s great for picture-day photography, but what if you’re looking for an explanation of how 3 point lighting works for film and video? We’re going to show you why 3 point lighting is important for filmmakers, but also take you deeper into some advanced techniques, and… Continue reading Three-Point Video Lighting: Key, Fill, & Backlight Setup Guide

Panasonic GH5s Footage: Get Cinematic Shots in Low Light Situations

Panasonic’s GH5s mirrorless camera sets an entirely new standard for mirrorless video with its 10 bit Cinema 4K video and its multi-aspect sensor allowing for higher quality footage. The larger field of view makes it great in lower light situations. Let’s take a look at some footage from indie filmmakers, to see a little bit… Continue reading Panasonic GH5s Footage: Get Cinematic Shots in Low Light Situations

What is a Crane Shot? And Why Do the Pros Use Them So Often?

The crane shot allows the audience to leave a normal point of view, creating a novel perspective that’s inherently cinematic. Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker or intermediate enthusiast, getting comfortable with how to shoot with cranes will only enhance your craft. It’s not complicated and you don’t know need super expensive equipment to do it.… Continue reading What is a Crane Shot? And Why Do the Pros Use Them So Often?

What is a Macro Lens? Tips and Techniques on How to Use One

Macro lenses are part of every professional photographer and videographers’ tool kit. They can be used for the typical close-up insect photography, but this post details their function so you can test their capabilities no matter what you’re shooting. So what is a macro lens, and how can you use one to its full potential?… Continue reading What is a Macro Lens? Tips and Techniques on How to Use One

What is a Telephoto Lens? How to Get the Shots You Want

TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTO Telephoto lenses are used by photographers from every skill level and in various situations. In other words, have a telephoto lens in your kit is a must. They’re a lifesaver when it comes to shooting distant subjects, but serve quite a few other purposes. In this post, we’ll outline some… Continue reading What is a Telephoto Lens? How to Get the Shots You Want

Sony Announcement: Two NEW APS-C E-Mount Zoom Lenses Out Soon

TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTO Sony has announced two new APS-C lenses for the Sony E-mount, bringing Sony’s total E-mount lineup to 54 lenses. What does this mean for Sony alpha users in the near future, and should they invest? In this post, we’ll take a look at these new Sony APS-C lenses to see their… Continue reading Sony Announcement: Two NEW APS-C E-Mount Zoom Lenses Out Soon

Best Footage: Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro and Its Update the Mini Pro G2

The best digital camera for multi-functionality on the market, the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro now has an update – the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2. Both cameras yield some beautifully cinematic footage, and this post takes a look at footage from each.Continue reading Best Footage: Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro and Its Update the Mini… Continue reading Best Footage: Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro and Its Update the Mini Pro G2