Audio is 50% of the film experience, yet many beginning filmmakers don’t place nearly as much focus on audio as they do on the visual side of things. Don’t leave audio as an afterthought. The lavalier is one family of microphones that you may want to consider adding to your filmmaking arsenal. What is a… Continue reading What is a Lavalier Microphone and How Do They Work?
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
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”
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 3-Point Video Lighting: Key, Fill, & Backlight Setup Guide
TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTO Finding the right lens for your camera can vastly improve your images and overall production, but learning what you need to know about video and photo camera lenses can be expensive and time-consuming. Continue reading Camera Lens Mounts Explained: Types of Lens Mounts and Adapters
Hey YouTubers, Aputure is gunning for your money and in my humble opinion, you should give it to them. Aputure has announced four new point-source COB LED lights under the Amaran brand. The 100d, 100x, 200d, and 200x. “D” standing for daylight and “X” for bi-colour. All coming in at a fraction of the price… Continue reading 100D — The Amaran LED Video Light Really Shines: Review
Whether you’re filming features, live shows, or weddings, gimbals are one of the best ways to capture movement eloquently with that cinematic touch. This isn’t a review of one of our favorite gimbals the DJI Ronin-S, but we will give a very brief overview of the device. This post takes a look at the best… Continue reading Watch the Best DJI Ronin-S Footage from Indie Filmmakers
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?
You’re a videographer or photographer learning more about what goes into lighting a shot. You know it takes years to become a skilled filmmaker, but maybe you want quality images and well-lit footage fast. The ring light can enhance the quality of light in your images and this post explores some reasons why you should… Continue reading What is a Ring Light, Who Relies on Them and Why?
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
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
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
If you’re like me, you and a few filmmaker friends love to send each other videos and news about the latest state-of-the-art filming equipment. Camera gear is always improving, and we like to keep ourselves educated on the cutting edge film technology. Today, we’re going to show you pro ARRI camera stabilizer systems. Let’s look at… Continue reading 4 Best ARRI Camera Stabilizer Systems
If you’re an aspiring videographer, or even cinematographer, you’ve probably used a gimbal. But if you haven’t…how come? They’ll make your shooting life a whole lot easier. And they’re pretty fun to use. So, what is a gimbal? And how can you use them to make your shots just a bit better? Let’s find out.Continue… Continue reading What is a Gimbal? How Can You Use Them to Shoot Better Videos
The cleanliness of your camera lens affects the quality of your images. It’s as simple as that. But it’s a bit of a double-edged sword because if you clean your lenses too much, or too often, you run the risk of scratching your lens. This post will briefly summarize how to clean camera lenses, with… Continue reading How to Clean a Camera Lens: The Do’s and Don’ts
Finding a video lighting kit for an upcoming film can be a daunting task. There are many different kinds of lights you can use, and each have their own strengths and weaknesses.Continue reading Production Lighting: The Best Video Lighting Kits for Filmmakers