How to write low budget movies scripts
Writing low budget movie scripts is one of the harder forms of screenwriting. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding.
Coming up with great, original video ideas is hard. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help get your creative juices flowing.
Color correction vs. color grading
Color correction and color grading are terms that are often used interchangeably, even though these two processes have different purposes.
Right now, things are different. While some businesses have reopened or may open soon, in-person events will likely be one of the last things to get back to normal. That sets up the challenge of those of us who depend on event work to make a living....
how to write a pitch
If you want people to respond well to your film pitches, you need to learn how to write and present your pitches in an exciting, effective way.
Multicamera setup streaming setup
Need help connecting two cameras for you streaming setup? We'll fill you in on the gear you need for a successful multiple camera streaming setup.
The Slanted Lens gives us a few lighting setups for vlogs
Do you need some help picking out the lighting your vlogs? Here are some light setups you can consider using for your projects.
Fade film transition
Fade video transitions, when used correctly, can tell audience priceless information that will make the view experience much more enjoyable.
Parker Walbeck music video scene
Parker Walbeck is one of YouTube’s finest with his film making tutorials. His latest video gives us a look at his process for shooting music videos.
How to work with clients' bad ideas
Bad client ideas can be tough to work past, especially when the client won't budge. Here's how you can steer them in the right direction.

Essential Learning

Understanding bit depth: the difference between 8-bit, 10-bit and 12-bit video

Understanding Bit-depth and Color Rendition for Video

A video camera’s ability to reproduce a smooth gradation between colors and shades is an important factor when seeking to capture filmic images. The...
It's important to understand your customer's needs and to illustrate how 360-degree will specifically help their business.

How To Make Money With VR and 360-degree Video

While the gear buy-in can be relatively inexpensive, producing engaging content is a bit more challenging. Let's take a look at gear, production and...
Getting Started with 360 Degree Video

How to Get Started with 360-degree Video

Within the last few years the video industry has seen the emergence of a handful of new techniques, technologies and methodologies. Aerial videography has...
Make shooting RAW your default plan; you can always change it.

When to shoot RAW (and when to skip it)

A RAW image frame is like a film negative — different processing can give you different results.
In the real world around us, there are three hundred and sixty degrees of information, and it’s the directors job, along with the cinematographer, to figure out which very few degrees of that vista best help tell the story to the viewer.

Choosing the Right Focal Length

We’ve got this picture in our minds of a director holding her fingers up in twin L shapes, one inverted, and peering through the...
Which is the Right Image Sensor for me?

Which image sensor is right for you?

We all know light sensors make our cameras work, but what makes a good light sensor? Which camera and image sensor combo is best...
How to Compose Your Shot When Your Camera Can See Everything

How to Compose Your Shot When Your Camera Can See Everything

Something to remember when shooting spherical video is that everything is visible in the shot.  Even if you think you are being clever by...
Camera Movement Techniques

Camera Movement Techniques

A static frame is not only boring to your audience; by keeping the camera still, you’re also missing out on one of the most fundamental storytelling tools in cinema — movement.
Understanding Lenses: How They Work

This is How Your Camera’s Lens Produces a Usable Image

In its most basic form, a lens is a piece of glass or plastic with curved surfaces. Lenses are used to bend rays of...
End scene from 2001 A Space Oddessy

What is mise-en-scène? An essential filmmaking concept

Mise-en-scène means “placing on stage” and refers to props, lighting, wardrobe and blocking.
Getting enough B-roll not only will make you happier later, but your viewers will understand your story that much better, too.

What is B-roll and how do you shoot it?

One of the most overlooked areas of video production is gathering B-roll footage that tells a compelling story. Here's what B-roll is and it's so important.
Image illustrating Rule of Thirds

Composition in photography and film

There are actually shapes and alignments that people find pleasing. But photo and film composition also needs to tell a story.
10 Production-saving Accessories

10 Production-saving Accessories

Inclement weather, dead batteries, missing assistants, cars that break down, tripod legs that snap, shoots being delayed for hours, getting kicked off of locations,...

10 vintage lenses to add to your kit: an in-depth investigation

Using vintage lenses lends a unique character to modern images while breathing new life into old glass.

10 Shorts every cinematographer needs to see

Orson Welles often had great ideas for movies and then spent years going from studio to studio in Hollywood trying to get someone interested,...
Technician Tightening Propeller Of Drone

Drone Safety: Tips and Best Practices

Playing the OddsDrones are just like any other piece of gear; at times, they can and do fail. Similarly, pilots are just like any...
How to Cover an Event in 360 - Source Sound, Inc - Jack White’s Live VR concerts

How to Cover an Event in 360

Spherical video has the ability to bring a viewer right into the center of the action, no matter if that’s sports, entertainment, concerts or...
Time lapse videography: a new way of looking at things

How to Create a Stunning Time-Lapse — Even in Changing Light

One of the great things that video can do is show us our world in a way that’s impossible or very difficult for humans...
Image stabilization systems are very useful in reducing camera shake when shooting handheld and, with practice, you can learn to achieve smooth tracking shots.

How Does Image Stabilization Work?

There are various ways for a videographer to stabilize their footage. If your camera doesn’t need to move, a tripod is ideal. Where camera...

Lenses: How does focus work?

If you’re new to shooting video, you may notice that fellow camera geeks like to talk a lot about “glass”. While there are a lot of things made of glass in the video world, there’s only one thing called “glass”: Your camera lens. Here's how it works to produce a useable, in-focus image.
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