By Eduardo Angel | Saturday, August 02, 2014
Unlike still photography, filmmaking is a medium defined by motion. Motion is the action within the frame—but it’s also the motion of the frame itself. Even a series of well-lit and well-composed shots can be perceived as a slideshow rather than a story in motion if the shots remain “stagnant.”
Nowadays we’re so used to seeing camera movement in Hollywood films that we expect to see movement in all the videos we watch—even if we don’t know much about filmmaking.
Here are the primary tools for accomplishing camera movement—and when to use which:
By Robbie Carman | Friday, May 23, 2014
Everyone wants the perfect shot. But what if it’s from a tree branch, or above a door? Micro-tripods give you the flexibility to place a camera wherever you need it, without the limitations of a standard tripod. Micro-tripods also support a wide range of cameras from GoPros to smartphones to DSLRs, providing a great mounting solution no matter what type of camera you’ve got on hand. In the newest Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I will demonstrate situations where a micro-tripod can come in handy.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, February 21, 2014
You can add an extra element of professionalism and dynamism to your shots by using and investing in sliders. Join Rich and I this week as we explore the various methods, techniques, and types of sliders out there. Joining us is director of photography Kevin Bradley, sharing his expertise and personal tips for creating smooth tracking camera shots. Paying attention to what’s motivating your shot will help you decide which type of slider and camera speed to use; Kevin and I will take you onto the set of a music video to demonstrate various techniques of tracking and camera speed that will help you slide the camera to achieve the mood you’re after.
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