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The 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival recently announced its winners, so now is the perfect time to start planning your entry for 2017. With this in mind, I sought out festival director Randy Scott Slavin, who was already working on a drone race, to find out just what sort of entries the 2017 festival would be entertaining. I was hoping to find out and, of course, share with you, the secret...

1 hour ago
The C100 is an exciting piece of gear. It produces wonderful images by itself. But what if you want a little more out of your production? In this video, Doug Guerra from B&H shows off the contents of the Canon C100 Wedding/Documentary Kit, which adds the DJI Ronin Stabilizer...
2 weeks ago
Drones. Literally, they're everywhere. Whether it’s zipping through the skies, performing aerial acrobatics indoors, or lovingly stalking you from a user-defined distance, there’s no escaping them. And thanks to a rapidly evolving technology base and consumer interest that's steadily on the rise, it looks as if drones are poised to dominate both the air and the airwaves for years to come. If you'...
2 weeks ago
As B&H’s chief machine biologist, I get asked a lot of questions from technology owners all over the world: What sort of kibble should I buy for a Nikon D810? Lithium Bits, fortified with extra ions. How tall will a...
2 weeks ago
You are likely aware that there are many uses for drones outside of film and video production, but you may be surprised how many and how varied the uses are. And the number is growing fast. In fact, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), optimal integration of drones in the U.S. will result in the creation of about 100,000 jobs and an effect of $82...
2 weeks ago
This article should not be taken as legal advice. It merely reflects the views of its author. Please consult with an attorney to determine what, if any, legal requirements or restrictions apply to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in your area. In response to booming popularity, many people have been seeking information about the legality of using unmanned remote-controlled aircraft. Drones—...
3 weeks ago
Drones, quadcopters, unmanned aerial vehicles. No matter what you call them, by now you’re no doubt familiar with these radio-controlled marvels. However, what you might not be familiar with is the latest craze currently sweeping the aerial R/C community. I’m talking about the increasingly popular sport of First Person View (FPV) drone racing. FPV puts you, the pilot, inside your drone’s cockpit...
by Chase Guttman
3 weeks ago
Just out of reach of the longest selfie stick and the lowest-hovering helicopter, drones can capture what no other technology is typically allowed or capable of capturing. That's particularly liberating in a world where 350 million photographs are uploaded to Facebook daily. Here are seven tips to help make your drone photography stand out rather than drone on. Fly smart...
1 month ago
There are three things that are certain in a digital filmmaker’s life, in no particular order: late nights, taxes, and CMOS imaging sensors. Yeah, that list is a bit of an exaggeration on multiple fronts—it reads more like my personal experiences until this point. Regardless, CMOS imaging sensors are really an integral part of the digital filmmaker’s life, mostly because of the recent shift from...
1 month ago
Whether you are working on a narrative, webisode, documentary, or commercial, at some point you are going to end up shooting in an unfamiliar location. Being prepared will improve your shoot and the chances that you will be allowed to return. There are many things to consider when shooting on location, and they will vary depending on the kind of location, so consider these few suggestions a...
1 month ago
One of the first things students are taught in film school is the nomenclature of the basic types of camera shots. This common language is essential for writers, directors, camera operators, and cinematographers to effectively communicate visual elements of a shot, particularly the size of a subject—often a person—within the frame. Provided here is a list of the essential shot types that you need...
1 month ago
Working on a film set can be a loud experience, with a variety of terms or jargon bandied about that has developed over the past hundred and twenty years or so. I wanted to share with you a smattering of what is said, not said, and what it all means. Hand signals These can help to reduce the noise on a set, which is a good thing, since the last thing you as a crew member want is to be noticed for...
2 months ago
In today’s digital cinema workflow, you’d be hard-pressed to avoid exposure to Look Up Tables. Whether you’re a director, DP, editor or colorist, Look Up Tables—or LUTs—are something you need to be aware of, because they play a prominent role in many on-set, editorial, and finishing workflows. LUTs have many uses, from calibrating monitors or giving your footage the look of a particular film...

2 months ago
In the following video, Doug Guerra, from B&H, introduces six basic rules of video composition. Covering concepts such as the Rule of Thirds, headroom, and the 180-Degree Rule, Guerra explains what the rules are and why they should be followed. Once you know the rules, you can produce better-looking video content, as well as know how and when to break the rules. We hope you enjoy the video,...
2 months ago
Most of the time with small-budget pieces, shooting on location is a necessity, and all too often the choice of location is made from among what is available. I know the feeling well, although I’ve had a few instances where that restriction benefited the production. For example, I once used the subway tunnel walkway under 14th Street, in Manhattan, to shoot the POV of a patient for a medical...

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