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By Robbie Carman | Saturday, September 27, 2014

Production Tips: Using Small Lights on Your Video Set

Small lights & other gear for video shoots

Sometimes you need a light that can be placed in a small space—where a traditional light can’t go.

Small lights can be tucked away to fill in the shadows and add accent colors on set. They can also be attached to a camera’s hot shoe to add some fill light.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and guest host James Ball explain the benefits of having small lights in your kit.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 19, 2014

Choosing a Pair of Professional Headphones

Headphones are a must-have piece of equipment on set, on stage, and in the studio. They come in different shapes and sizes for a variety of uses.

In this week’s Video Gear Weekly episode, Robbie and guest host Cheryl Ottenritter walk you through the different types of headphones and when it’s best to use them.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, September 06, 2014

Shooting Video with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter


Now you can get your shot from the sky without having to buy a separate camera. The Phantom 2 Vision lets you capture your overhead shot with its built-in camera.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Francis Torres and I will show you how the DJI Phantom 2 Vision camera works.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 30, 2014

Shooting Video with Ultra Fast Prime Lenses


In an interview or close up shot, setting a soft background with bokeh is a really popular look.

Ultra fast prime lenses allow you to work with more of a set’s natural light to help you create that soft look, while keeping the focus area crisp and sharp.

This week on Video Gear weekly, Rich and I shed light on why a fast prime lens should be in your camera bag.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 23, 2014

Protect Your Video Gear from Dust and Water


Weather, dust, and scratches, oh my! When getting into position for a great shot, there are many things that can damage your video gear.

However, there are just as many strategies that can keep your equipment out of harm’s way.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, I take you to Dig This! in Las Vegas to show you multiple ways to keep your gear safe while shooting outdoors.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 16, 2014

Is the Panasonic GH4 Right for You?


Panasonic embraced the DSLR video movement with the Panasonic GH3. Now, with the new Panasonic GH4, they’ve pushed the envelope by introducing Ultra-HD and 4K resolutions, while retaining the familiarity of the GH3.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 09, 2014

Keep the Shine off Your Video Talent

The camera sees a person differently than the human eye does.

Everyone’s skin has a natural glow, but in front of the camera, skin can look oily and shiny.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, professional makeup artist and television stylist Kim Foley joins me to explore different options and techniques to knock out shine, even things out, and make your stars look their best on camera.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 02, 2014

Modifying a GoPro Camera Case for Professional Shoots


The GoPro began solely as an action camera. But now GoPros have mounts and cases that let you film in a multitude of scenarios—which makes them appealing for use on television and film sets.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I explore different ways to adapt the GoPro camera case for professional shooting situations.

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