By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 04, 2014
Power is an essential aspect to video production, as most video field gear runs on batteries. Having more than one power source gives you the peace of mind of not running out of juice while on set.
In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I discuss several power options for charging batteries while out in the field.
By Eduardo Angel | Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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?
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