Some films are just meant to be seen in IMAX, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is one of them. When director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Water for Elephants) took over the series, he knew right away that he wanted to shoot the 50-minute arena sequence using... READ MORE
As far as shooting goes, there may be nothing more satisfying than getting the shot you want, or getting that image or camera move exactly the way you see it in your mind. Conversely, there may be nothing as disappointing as coming close to your shot, but just not nailing it. This could be caused by any number of factors—the camera isn’t in the right position, you have an uncomfortable hand... READ MORE
In the following video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, discusses four different action camera options on the market today, and why they make great gift ideas for the action enthusiast in your life. The models McCormick explores are the Sony HDR-AS30V,... READ MORE
Blackmagic Design has really shaken things up with their entries into the digital cinema camera market. First announced in 2012, the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera shocked the industry with a remarkably progressive feature set in an entry-level, professional camera. In April of... READ MORE
Although professional aerial photography has been around for years, the new consumer market is now rapidly expanding. Radio-controlled aircraft are not a new phenomenon, nor is the concept of mounting cameras on RC aircraft. What is new and exciting for videographers and photographers who wish to add aerial images to their portfolios is the introduction of budget-friendly aerial technology—in... READ MORE
Sometimes having a second pair of eyes on a situation is a good thing. Whether it's for keeping tabs on who's using your stuff in the dorm, which of your siblings is snooping around in your room, or even more seriously, whether your child or elderly charge is being taken care of properly, personal surveillance equipment is more popular than ever.
We’re not talking about high-tech cameras, an... READ MORE
Okay. You’re out shooting an event or an interview. You have your HDSLR camera and your fast zoom or prime lenses, and your footage is looking great. When you get home, you import the footage into your editing software and, to your dismay, you discover that the sound quality is significantly lacking. Sound familiar? No matter how good your footage looks, bad sound can ruin a project. As HDSLR... READ MORE
LED lights are gaining increasing acceptance in the professional video-production industry. When LED video lights were first introduced, they were seen as a smaller, lighter, and often times more convenient alternative to traditional tungsten fixtures, but they were generally considered inferior when it came to the brightness and the quality of light that they produced.
However, significant... READ MORE
The holiday season is upon us and snow is already falling in the mountains. I’ve just planned my first weekend ski trip to Vermont in January, so now it’s time to dust off my skis and pull my winter clothes out from the back of the closet. I thought I’d also get a GoPro HERO3+ action camera this year, so I’ll be able to record... READ MORE
The big story in video production for the past five years has been shooting HD video on DSLR cameras; however, in 2013 there is something even hotter—shooting aerial footage with affordable multi-rotor aircraft. In this post, we take a look at three incredible videos that were shot with drones, and... READ MORE
Backup storage solutions have been getting smaller and faster while gaining capacity. Consider that twenty years ago, floppy disks were all the rage—with a whopping 160KB of storage, and 5.25" diameter. When sizes were reduced to 3.5" and storage capacities approached 1.44MB, the race was on to make storage smaller, faster, lighter, and cheaper.
Now, consider a standard SD memory card. In... READ MORE
HDSLRs and large-sensor video cameras have become today’s most popular cameras for shooting video. But, straight out of the box, they’re still notoriously uncomfortable to hold when shooting video for longer than a few minutes. From the beginning, even early adopters of these cameras asked, “How can we shoot comfortably for longer periods of time, keep the camera stable, and not give up mobility... READ MORE
People have been shooting HD video with DSLR cameras packing still lenses for years—mostly with fixed focal length lenses, which are often referred to as "prime" lenses in the film industry. In general, zoom lenses made for still photos are a poor fit for cinema production. You can use them, as many low-budget indie productions do, but they lack many of the necessary features that are required... READ MORE
RØDE has recently announced a new offering to their line of large diaphragm condenser microphones, the NT1. This microphone features a 1” gold-sputtered HF6 pressure gradient condenser capsule with a cardioid polar pickup pattern. What’s unique about the NT1 is that RØDE partnered with... READ MORE
The goal of this article is to help you narrow your choice of options, pick through what is important to you, and make it easier to choose the right tripod to suit your needs and your budget. For the purposes of this article, the term "tripod" is used to include the head and legs, with each component being discussed separately. Price, of course, is always a determining factor in your choice, but... READ MORE