Cinematography Techniques
Cinematography is more than just pointing a camera and capturing images. The Cinematographer's art is visual storytelling.
The cornerstone of every great editor is their ability to exceed the expectations of those in their world. Content needs to educate, illuminate or entertain, clients and bosses need to be kept happy, and work needs to come in and be delivered at a pace that allows an editor...
The video industry offers a plethora of intersecting career pathways. Let's explore some of the ways that you can make money with video.
There are many working parts when it comes to cinematography. We'll give you the most important cinematography terms you need to know.
The Pharmacist docuseries
Docuseries differs from the typical documentary. While similar, there are some distinct differences. We’ll cover what those differences are.
Getting new work aa a videographer
Client hunting is always stressful, no matter how experiened you are. Here are a few tips for staying proactive and getting new work.
Some consider it tedious work, but pre-production can not only save you money and time. It can also enhance the creative process.
Astrophotography timelapse guide
Astrophotography timelapses are beautifully vibrant videos that allow people to engage in astronomy. Here's what you need to know to record one yourself.
Even the simplest program depends on planning. Production planning, or production logistics, can be so complex that Hollywood production companies devote whole departments to it. It is an essential part of the pre-production process. You can cover the essentials by wrangling just five elements: people, places, things, plans and...
5 Famous directors
The best way for aspiring film directors to improve their craft is to study and learn from the works of famous directors from the past and present.

Essential Learning

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...
Image illustrating Rule of Thirds

What is composition and why is it essential in filmmaking?

There are actually shapes and alignments that people find pleasing. But photo and film composition also needs to tell a story.
The Essential Video Shooter’s Toolkit

The Essential Video Shooter’s Toolkit

The big day has finally arrived — a video shoot for the biggest client to ever darken your door. You’re nervous, but excited and...
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.
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...
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Take Flight with These 8 Must-have Drone Shots

Camera-equipped drones are capable of capturing brilliant, awe-inspiring shots, and chances are you’ll want to learn the essentials of beautiful aerial cinematography yourself.

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.

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.
5 Tips for Shooting in Log Profiles

5 Tips for Shooting in Log Profiles

Video can be an unforgiving medium, and without proper lighting it’s easy to lose data in both the highlights and the shadows. The most...
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.
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,...
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.
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...
Simply put, HDR is a color enhancement feature that allows the range of colors to be extended on both the light and dark ends of the spectrum.

Keeping Up with HDR — No Camera Upgrade Required

We’ve all had those moments in our lives when we are stopped in our tracks by the awe-inspiring beauty of the “now”. Magnificent morning...
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3 Tips for an Effective Multi-Action-Cam Shoot

The action camera market segment, popularized by GoPro, has made point of view (POV) filmmaking accessible to the masses. There’s something compelling about watching...
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...
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...
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What is mise-en-scène? An essential filmmaking concept

Mise-en-scène means “placing on stage” and refers to props, lighting, wardrobe and blocking.
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...
A Primer on Live Video Production

A Primer on Live Video Production

Many people want to stream events across the country so far away viewers — whether millions or a select few — can enjoy. Live...
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