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By Richard Harrington | Saturday, February 07, 2015

How—and Why—to Use LED Lights for Video Shoots

LED lights are ideal for video shoots

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

He Broke into 'The Biz' with a Job at Disney — Thanks to lynda.com

find out how he got a job at disney

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

The Perfect Video Makeup Kit for Your Productions

a well-stocked video makeup kit will keep your subjects looking their best

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

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 Eduardo Angel | Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dolly Shots 101: Tracking Your Subject

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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

Shake It Up? When to Use a Handheld Camera

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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.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 09, 2014

Keep the Shine off Your Video Talent

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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 Eduardo Angel | Saturday, August 02, 2014

Camera Movement: Tripod or Monopod?

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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:

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