In filmmaking, the phrase, “We’ll fix it in post” gets thrown around a lot. While working with a green screen requires a lot of post production work, it’s all for naught if you don’t light the scene properly. A green screen opens up a whole new world of possibilities for your next project. If you… Continue reading Green Screen Lighting: How to Ensure Your Backgrounds Pop
If you have an interest in recording on-screen content, then you may be looking for a capture card. But what is a capture card? In simplest terms, a capture card is a device that’s used in conjunction with a computer to capture on-screen content and encode it for playback. Now, what is the best video… Continue reading Best Capture Cards for Streaming — 2021 Buying Guide
TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTO Canon has been a top camera and lens brand for years, and with the release of their latest camera, we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of the best Canon compatible camera lenses. We break it down by Canon lens mounts so you know exactly which… Continue reading 31 Best Canon Camera Lenses in 2021 [Buying Guide]
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 capture card for streaming? How does a capture card work? If you’re interested in recording or live streaming content, there are two things you need to know: how to choose the right video capture card and how to use a capture card. We’re going to show you everything you need to know… Continue reading What is a Capture Card for Streaming and How to Use 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
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
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
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 Three-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
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