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In this B&H Online Video, Jenny Alice discusses how she remains motivated as a freelance videographer. Freelancing and running your own business can be difficult, but Alice shares the ways that she finds new clients and stays creative during difficult times. Are you a freelancer? What are some of the strategies you use to stay afloat in lean times? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
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It might seem easy these days to go shoot on a beach. I mean, you could just throw an action camera into a protective case and all is good. Perhaps that works—for some shoots. And if that is all you need, then more power to you. However, I’ve done a few shoots on beaches, and my experience is that the beach can be one of the most difficult environments in which to shoot. From getting the look...
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Go behind the scenes with Food Visualist and Commercial Director David Ma as he shares his five tips for food videography, including food styling, creating cinematic shots, producing and more. Do you work in food videography? If you have any tips you’d like to share, or questions about the process, please use our Comments section.
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Sometimes you have to take your multi-camera broadcast studio on the road, or even if it’s in an indoor space, it may need to move around and deploy quickly as the environment and your production needs change. For mobile situations, you may need to find yourself looking for a slightly smaller video switcher than one of those massive, daunting video switchers installed in TV studio consoles....
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It’s raining, it’s pouring, your lead actor is snoring… in the toasty-dry holding area, while you and the rest of the camera crew wait out the storm in the not-so-great outdoors. Or perhaps your director has decided that their scene would just be so much more emotionally engaging if shot in a downpour and the dreaded rain machine is making its ominous appearance. Here we outline several solutions...
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Day for night for color cinematography is an old shooting methodology that relies on a number of techniques regarding human perception, socially accepted convention, and technical qualities of film/sensors. There are a variety of reasons for shooting day for night, and understanding the whys and wherefores can help you create believable images. Moonlight Is Blue It isn’t really, any more than...
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With the trend of DSLR and mirrorless cameras being released with more video features and recording higher video resolutions, it is tempting to purchase one for field production, since they are portable and can be outfitted easily with numerous accessories. But there are many reasons why one of these cameras might not be the best fit for your production style. For example, in the golden olden...
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If you’re looking to capture clear, properly exposed video footage, try adding a matte box to your camera rig. These lens accessories are essential for adding creative control to your image (filters) and subtracting unwanted visual elements (flare, glare, and schmutz). Read on for the top...
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There are many kinds of car rigs, from hood mounts to “hostess trays,” side mounting, car-mounted jib arms, stabilizers, and full-blown process trailers. Each set up provides something different in terms of shot selection, flexibility, and how much you are asking the actor to do. On many large films, when an actor is seen driving a car, the car is often being towed behind a process car, so the...
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Have you ever wanted to film an epic-looking commercial? Filming close-ups (or macro) allows you to capture epic b roll that will make your product videos stand out. Visual engineer @Steve Giralt shares his macro videography tips to help you create a cinematic product video. Are you a macro videographer? Share your tips or ask questions in the Comments section, below. We are always pleased to...
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Whether you want a professional look for your livestreams or simply to look better on your next video chat, one of the best options is to use a dedicated camera with excellent video specs—such as your Nikon mirrorless or DSLR. Since you likely already have the camera and a compatible USB cable, it seems like an...
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Every so often it is a good idea to sort through all your gear. With winter releasing its grip and nicer weather on the way, now is the perfect time to assess what you have and what you’ve lost, give what you have a good cleaning, and figure out what needs repair, what needs replacing, and what you should just shed. If you are a gear junkie like me, the thought of getting rid of any piece of gear...
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Having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have a great YouTube studio setup. Matt shows you how to create a video studio at home with a limited space, from camera gear to the set up itself. What are you doing in your own home studio setup? We hope you benefited and been inspired by watching this video. Feel free to stop by and view the wide selection of other...
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Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut really lights up a room, literally! In this video, he takes you step-by-step through his process, covering topics such as which types of lights to use for foreground and background, adding color, and best placement of equipment, as he shares his cinematography techniques and tips for lighting a room. Share your takeaways from this video, along with your own tips and...
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When I was shooting video as a one-person crew, to get some of the motion shots of cars or other moving vehicles, I needed a camera that I didn’t have to worry about operating but which also had high enough quality to match my main camera as closely as possible. I settled on different action camera setups since they have a few qualities that are indispensable to a filmmaker or videographer who...
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