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By Eduardo Angel | Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Shooting Video in Noon Lighting

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Working with small crews—and sometimes even smaller budgets—video production crews often have to work fast with limited tools. A common situation is shooting B-roll the very same day you arrive in a new city. Understanding simple techniques like harvesting harsh noon sunlight or harnessing available shade can make or break a day on location.

Here are some tips for making the most of a location shoot in noon lighting.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 27, 2014

Cheap Camera Lenses: Some Surprising Benefits

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The type of lens you use adds character to a shot. However, you don’t always need an expensive lens. Sometimes, a cheaper camera lens can give you the results you are looking for.

By Jim Heid | Saturday, June 21, 2014

Room with a View: Shooting a Time-Lapse Video from a Hotel Window

Room with a View: Shooting a Time-Lapse Video from a Hotel Window

Frank Lloyd Wright used to say there are two kinds of people: nesters and perchers. Nesters like to be tucked among woods; perchers prefer being high atop hills.

I’m a percher, especially when I’m on the road. In hotels, I always try to score an upper-floor room with a view. It’s great for cityscape photography and for one of my new photographic interests: time-lapse photography.

Inspired by Richard Harrington’s courses on time-lapse photography and on the GoPro HERO cameras, I’ve begun taking my GoPro camera and its suction-cup mount with me when I travel. When I check in to a room with a view, I know there’s a time-lapse movie in my future.

On a recent trip to Boston, my wife and I scored a room on the 36th floor of a hotel in the city’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. With views of Copley Square, the Hancock Tower, and some of downtown Boston’s busiest streets, it was a perfect perch for shooting this time-lapse video.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, June 13, 2014

Using a Tripod Top Slider

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A tripod top slider is a useful piece of gear to have when you’re on the go. It’s compact and lightweight, making it a portable solution for motion shots.

But do top sliders have the same fluid movement as full-sized sliders?

By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 06, 2014

Remote Control a Video Camera with CamRanger

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Typically, camera remotes are used in photography. But now companies like CamRanger have developed camera gear that allows you to control the aperture and record button from afar and add movement to the shot. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you how to remote control a video camera and add motion to your shot with CamRanger and the CamRanger PTHub.

In this week’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to set up a CamRanger
  • How to pan a camera with the CamRanger PT Hub
  • How to remotely adjust a camera with a CamRanger
  • What footage controlled by a CamRanger looks like

Check out the sample video and this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly on lynda.com. Be sure to check back next week, when they’ll show you how to add movement to a shot with a tripod top slider.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, May 30, 2014

Using a Camera Rail

Using a Camera Rail

When traveling with your gear, less is more. A camera rail lets you shoot with multiple cameras from just a single tripod. It can be used for a wide range of shoots from guerrilla-style filming to interviews. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will walk you through how to set up and use a camera rail.

By Richard Harrington | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Inside the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Inside the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

One of the most anticipated cameras to be released this year is the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. It’s a highly portable camera designed to give you greater flexibility in production and post. But will it complement your particular production workflow?

By Richard Harrington | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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