By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 09, 2014
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
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 Rose Meza | Saturday, July 12, 2014
Do you ever notice the backgrounds in our live-action courses at lynda.com? Building sets is part of our production process. Our stellar team works with directors, producers, and builders to plan and assemble eye-catching sets in our soundproof, well-lit studios. But when the sandwich shop next door to our studios closed, leaving the space vacant for a few months, we saw an opportunity to create a new stage and build a fun new set in that space.
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 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 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 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.
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