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By Eduardo Angel | Saturday, March 28, 2015

Harvesting Sunlight for Your Video Productions

harvesting sunlight for your productions requires a strategic dance

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 Carolyn E. Wright | Friday, November 28, 2014

Please Release Me: When Do You Need a Property Release Form?

Do you always need a property release form on private property?

In my last article, I told you about the photographers’ rights when it comes to taking pictures on public and private property.

Now I’m going to show you when and how to use a property release form — to get permission to take and use photos when the owner can legally stop you.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Please Release Me: When to Use a Model Release Form

A model release form is never a bad idea

Humans are among the most popular photographic subjects—of course. But when do you need a model release form before clicking the shutter or displaying those photos?

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stop! Don’t Shoot: Property Releases for Photographers

Property Releases and Photographers

If you’re a photographer who shoots outdoors with any regularity, you’ve probably been asked to put your camera away: “No photos allowed here.”

But what are your rights, actually? When and where are you allowed to take pictures on public and private property?

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 Jeff Carlson | Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Photographer Etiquette: Shooting on Location

Sparks Sunrise and Photographer

At Sparks Lake in Oregon, my fellow workshop participants and I parked in a designated lot in pre-dawn darkness. We unloaded our gear and snaked along a short, well-maintained trail to the lake’s edge and set up cameras and tripods on a rocky, raised overlook.

The sky, unfortunately cloudless, treated us to blue and purple hues as the sun rose to the right of two mountains, Broken Top and South Sister. I composed and captured a variety of images, and then noticed the sun was starting to break across the peak of Broken Top.

Just as I was setting up a new composition, I spied movement in my viewfinder. Another photographer came scrabbling along a tiny spit of rocks I was using to frame the mountaintop’s reflection and set up his tripod.

In my shot.

What’s the proper etiquette when you’re shooting on location?

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, July 10, 2014

iPad Photography in the Field: Review Photos on Location


The iPad is a great field companion for photographers looking to reduce their load of camera gear. From researching locations to checking shots on location and organizing photos afterwards, the iPad can be much more than a window into your Facebook stream—or even for watching training videos.

In Part 1 of the iPad Photography in the Field series, we looked at how an iPad (and iPhone, in some situations) can serve as a research assistant and location scout to determine where and when you should go shooting. In this installment, we’ll focus on making the most of your time on location.

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, July 3, 2014

iPad Photography in the Field: Prepare for Adventure


Modern photography typically works in two phases. First, you haul your cameras and associated gear on location and capture the images. Then, at some point later, you dump the photos onto a computer and really discover what you shot. Laptops bring these two events closer together, but most photographers already carry enough other gear that even a slim portable computer becomes overkill.

That’s one of the reasons the iPad makes an excellent photo companion. Thinner and lighter than a computer—especially the iPad mini—the iPad can slip into the pocket of a photo bag without weighing it down in the field. It offers a better look at the photos you capture while you’re on location, lets you edit and share photos right away, and sort the shots during travel or downtime.

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