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Some Cheap Lighting Tricks

Some Cheap Lighting Tricks

If you know how to light, there are some cheap lighting tricks you can find in a hardware store or online. If you are shooting a living room that includes table lights, it's standard practice to temporarily replace the incandescent light bulbs. Use similar bulbs which...

Steadicam Shots You Should Know

Steadicam Shots You Should Know

The Steadicam® is now 40 years old. The Steadicam was invented and developed by Garret Brown who won 5 Academy Awards for it. Let's look at some of the high points of its contribution to the film and video language. The first use of a Steadicam was in the film Bound...

How To Use A Waveform Monitor

How To Use A Waveform Monitor

A waveform monitor is a special type of oscilloscope used to measure and display the level, or voltage, of the lines of a video signal over time. The light in a scene is translated to voltage with brighter light showing as higher voltage. Many videographers shoot...

5 Tricks To Add Depth To Your Shots

5 Tricks To Add Depth To Your Shots

The lines of perspective in this view of railroad tracks adds depth to the shot. These tips are from Director/Cinematographer Matthew Rosen, but before you watch the video, read through these tricks to add depth and think about them. That should help you see the...

Sell Time Lapse

Sell Time Lapse

Amish Barn Raising You can sell time lapse video just as you would any other business service. Chances are you have the right gear to make time lapse videos, or if not, you could rent the gear easily enough. This is a business service you could offer. It's simple to...

Finding Great Locations

Finding great locations is an essential element in film and video. But great locations do not find themselves. On big budget productions, there is an official location scout. But if you're on a small budget, you'll have to do it yourself. You'll want to start by...

Virtues of Using Window Light For Video

Virtues of Using Window Light For Video

For a quick and beautiful lighting set up it's hard to beat using a window as the main light source. You don't want to use a window that may have sunlight. Instead look for a northern facing window which will insure a soft lighting that's easy to work with. Using...