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By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 18, 2015

Create Textured Backdrops Using Only Lights


Want to transform your video production backdrop—using only lights?

Last week, we saw some do-it-yourself approaches to add depth to a backdrop with light and gobos. What if you want a more robust option? This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I walk you through some professional options for using light to create a textured backdrop.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 11, 2015

Create Affordable Textured Backdrops — with a Gobo

use a gobo for textured backdrops

Want to add some pop to your backgrounds? Adding a patterned gobo to a light source is a great way to add dimensionality easily and affordably.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I show you some do-it-yourself and low-cost options that will add texture to your backdrops.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 24, 2015

Tips for Buying Wide-Angle Lenses for Video

wide-angle lenses for video

Wide-angle lenses not only give you the ability to capture your surroundings; they capture action as well.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I continue to take a look at wide-angle lenses and help you decide what to consider when buying a wide-angle lens.

By Robbie Carman | Monday, June 1, 2015

Using a Motion Control Head for Turntable Video Shots


Want to add a motion control head to your product shot workflow?

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I show how the eMotimo TB3 can increase production value when you’re shooting objects on a turntable.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, May 16, 2015

Using a Shoulder Rig on Video Shoots

shoulder rig

When shooting with a handheld video cameras, it can be difficult to keep your camera steady. Using a shoulder rig is a great work-around.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show how shoulder rigs can add stability to a shot when you’re working with smaller DSLRs and micro four-thirds cameras.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gonna Take You Higher: Getting the High-Angle Shot


Trying to get that amazing overhead shot? From quadcopters to jibs, there are multiple strategies for getting your camera up in the air.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I explore how to get a camera up in the air for the high-angle shot you want.

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 Robbie Carman | Saturday, February 28, 2015

Using a Video Dolly: Tips, Types, and Setup

using a video dolly can be inexpensive

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.

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