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By Robbie Carman | Friday, November 15, 2013

How do I mount and control a GoPro camera? DSLR Video Tips

Mounting and controlling a GoPro camera

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From its origins as a surf camera to its current incarnation as a flexible tool for any project that needs a small, durable, and capable camera, GoPro has become synonymous with go anywhere, “get the shot no matter what” productions.

Smaller than your fist and providing endless mounting options, GoPro cameras allow you to get shots you never thought were possible—especially where larger, more expensive cameras won’t work.

In this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the iconic GoPro camera and how it can become even more flexible with different mounts, and the GoPro App, which allows you to remotely control your GoPro from mobile devices.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, November 08, 2013

What is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera? DSLR Video Tips

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera

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Blackmagic Design is well known for its reasonably priced video post-production products, including interfaces and adapters. Recently they’ve also started making cameras, including the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4k, and Pocket Cinema Camera—all with high-end features and great price points.

On this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the small, yet capable Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, November 01, 2013

Elevate your camera: DSLR Video Tips

Using a jib to elevate your camera

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A great way to create more interesting video perspectives is to raise your camera higher. Positioning the camera above any scene gives a unique view—and putting the camera into motion from that position can result in really dynamic shots.

In this week’s video, we look at a couple of tools for raising your camera up higher, and discuss techniques for getting the most out of elevated shots.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, October 25, 2013

Fixing the exposure triangle beyond camera settings: DSLR Video Tips

Fixing the exposure triangle beyond camera settings

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Throughout the past month, we’ve tackled the exposure triangle—the critical way to get properly exposed photos and videos. Remember your camera and lens have three essential controls that affect how much light comes into the camera: the aperture or opening of the lens, the shutter speed (how long the shutter opens), and the ISO (the sensitivity of your sensor).

But a problem as tough as exposure can still be hard to crack. What happens when you can’t get more light into the camera and the shot is dark? How about when you want shallow depth of field and the shot is overexposed? Sometimes you have to look past the camera and make external changes to get the results you want.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 27, 2013

Mastering exposure: DSLR Video Tips

Mastering the Exposure Triangle

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When it comes to capturing great images, exposure is critical. Under- or overexpose your shot and you lose precious details. But setting the proper exposure isn’t easy; your light may move behind a cloud, or change over time. When shooting video, exposure requires an almost scientific understanding of light.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 20, 2013

Getting started with a GoPro camera: DSLR Video Tips

The GoPro Hero 3

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Whether you call it a sports cam, action cam, crash cam, or toy cam, the GoPro 3 has taken the production world by storm. While it’s not a true DSLR camera, we find ourselves mixing it into our production jobs all the time. For time-lapse, point-of-view, underwater, and aerial photography, these cameras are great.

In this week’s episode, we start with an in-depth look at GoPro cameras. You’ll learn

What is a GoPro? Where did these cameras come from and what are they good for?

The GoPro bodies What are the challenges with the form factor?

Essential GoPro gear What do you need to get the best shots?

Powering the GoPro How can a little camera use so much juice?

Accessing GoPro menus How to stop driving yourself nuts pushing buttons and actually see what you’re doing.

Essential menu commands Which commands will get you a quality shot?

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 13, 2013

How To Read A Waveform Monitor & Vectorscope:DSLR Video Tips

How to read a vectorscope and waveform monitor

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When reading video scopes for the first time, it can be tough to figure out what you’re actually looking at. But tools like waveform monitors and vectorscopes can help with the exposure and color in your shots—and are definitely worth the time spent learning how to use them.

The primary thing to keep in mind is that these tools are more accurate than your eyes in providing an objective, analytical snapshot of your video signal. This week we’ll explore

· Why scopes are essential in helping you achieve better shots · How a histogram complements the information on a waveform monitor · How to use a waveform monitor to judge exposure and contrast · How to use a vectorscope to analyze hues and saturation in a shot

By Robbie Carman | Friday, September 06, 2013

Use a field monitor for better shots: DSLR Video Tips

DSLR Video Tips: Using peaking and focus in red

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A common phrase among DSLR pros is that “everything looks good on the back of the camera LCD.” While intended as a joke, the phrase really means that it’s hard to judge aspects of your shot like critical focus, color, and exposure using the LCD on the back of a DSLR camera. As these LCDs are generally very small, it can also be difficult for on-set clients and team members (like a focus puller) to clearly see what the camera is actually shooting.

That’s where field monitors come in. Over the past few years, lightweight field monitors offering flexible connectivity, high-resolution large screens, and extensive features have become more affordable. This week, we’ll explore the benefits of using a field monitor, including

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