By Eduardo Angel | Saturday, March 28, 2015
One obvious difference between using artificial lights and harvesting sunlight is that we can’t move the sun. The constantly changing position of our light source becomes a strategic dance. If we don’t follow its steps fast enough, we might create unwanted shadows with the crew or gear.
Taking the time to plan the position of our cameras, select the proper lenses, and figure out how to block our talent becomes essential when using the sun as a keylight.
Follow these tips to make the most of the sunlight you’ve got on your video shoot:
By Robbie Carman | Saturday, February 28, 2015
Using a video dolly adds a level of sophistication to any production. It’s an easy addition that can take your footage to the next level—and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I roll out different flavors of dollies to show you what you can achieve with them.
By Richard Harrington | Saturday, February 07, 2015
LED lights have revolutionized lighting.
They’re lightweight and are more versatile than traditional lights. LEDs also operate at a comfortable temperature, making them perfect for use in smaller spaces.
This week on Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Jim Ball and I step you through the benefits of using LED lights for video shoots.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 01, 2015
In 2006, Anthony Recendez was unemployed, playing in a band, and living in California’s Central Valley.
“There was no creative around me,” he said of the farm town he called home. “I was trying to move to L.A. I wanted to be around music and videos.”
Then he discovered lynda.com.
“I changed my online resumé from a static HTML to a dynamic WordPress layout, all with the help of lynda.com. And within a few weeks I was working with Disney on contract.”
In fact, he’s been living in Los Angeles and happily working in the entertainment industry for eight years now.
“lynda.com is the reason I’m in L.A.,” he says.
By Richard Harrington | Saturday, January 31, 2015
Having a fully stocked makeup kit is essential during video production. It ensures that you’re prepared to solve problems that are hard to fix in post-production, like fly-away hairs or shiny skin.
In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, guest host Kim Foley and I show you all the elements of a well-stocked video makeup kit—one that will help your on-camera subjects look their best.
By Robbie Carman | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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 Eduardo Angel | Saturday, September 13, 2014
Nowadays dolly shots can be found in nearly every film, from indie low-budget productions to high-end Hollywood blockbusters. Technically speaking, the dolly setup is simple, consisting of a mobile platform, a construction upon which the platform glides, and the camera. You can achieve this camera movement with a dolly on tracks, a dolly on wheels, or—for faster, easier setups—a slider (see the latest Video Gear Weekly episode for more tips on sliders). Dolly shots are also often referred to as tracking or trucking shots.
By Eduardo Angel | Friday, September 05, 2014
Camera movement is a powerful tool in filmmaking. It can infuse a scene with drama, track a characters’ movements, direct the viewer’s attention, reveal key details in a scene, and transition between shots in a sequence.
There are essentially six types of camera motion techniques: tilts, pans, dollies, trucks, pedestals, and arcs—and you can accomplish all of these with a handheld camera.
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