As many of us are increasingly equipped with powerful smartphone cameras, the realm of vlogging and capturing creative content has never been more accessible. Rigs, attachable lenses, lighting, and mics are just a few of the many mods available today to enhance the potential of that tiny machine in your pocket. Even if you aren’t looking to start vlogging, accessorizing is a great way to elevate the media you share with others and encourages a more creative relationship between you and your phone. Here are a few nifty smartphone accessories to
Looking to upgrade your video capture as we bid adieu to 2021? Here to brighten up a challenging year is our roundup of the top cine-style cameras introduced during 2021, perfect for creating narrative video content like an indie feature, crafting a documentary, or producing a film-look industrial piece. Each of these cine-style machines has their own feature touches so read on to see which best suits your capture needs.
What exactly makes a camera “cine-style”? Simply put, these cameras maintain the modular configuration and high resolution
What a year for vloggers. All the cameras seem to be outfitted with a vari-angle touchscreen meant for vlogging, and a few newer releases even cater directly to the vlog market. Tons more accessories followed suit. There has arguably never been a better time to be a vlogger or to start vlogging, so here are the top cameras for the job.
If you want to search for your own vlogging camera, here are some features you should look for when considering your buying options:
The aforementioned vari-angle rear LCD touchscreen. If you are working alone
When you're a videographer on the move, portability is everything. Whether it's an outdoor action shoot, a multi-location shoot with interviews and b-roll, or a car video that requires riding around a track a few times, the key to building up your videographer kit is a combination of quality, portability, and preparedness. Honestly, it's not too different than the military, so you can't go wrong reading the Army Leadership Field Manual, as well.
Choosing a Primary Camera
Depending on your production requirements, the camera you choose needs to
Stuck in the old days of blogging with only text? If you haven't been paying attention, everybody is vlogging now. Since a whole new generation is living their lives online through video streams, vlogs, TikToks, YouTubes, Twitches, and Snapchats, let's look at a few holiday gift options that can offer your favorite vlogger the best video gear.
While some kits are compact enough to take your home studio with you, some vloggers may want to keep their home kit setup and add an ultra-lightweight action kit for when they're out in the field for
Let’s face it: Shooting film and video isn’t just a job for most of us, it is something we love. Everything that we do contributes to creativity of the images that we make. But the toll the day-in and day-out work can take on our creativity can be devastating. Sometimes you just need a break, something to reinvigorate you, like a fun, non-professional optic. Sometimes you need a different challenge, working with a different set of limitations; experiment, explore, create without having to worry about others judging or the consequences of
Did you just upgrade to a new cine-style camera? Now’s the time to trick it out just the way you like with some pro-style rig components from Tilta. Tilta has you covered with complete kits and individual components such as handles, battery plates, and baseplates for cameras like the Canon C300 Mk III and C500 Mk II, Panasonic BGH1, Sony’s FX3 and FX6, and the Z CAM E2C.
Canon C300 Mk III and C500 Mk II
Compatible with the Canon C300 Mk III and C500 Mk II, these Tilta cage kits are built around a versatile
Off-camera battery mounts are popular among all types of users for situations where a direct mount isn’t available. Compact lights, for example, whether basic or professional, don’t have a direct mount for V-mount and Gold mount batteries, so clamp mounts provide a convenient solution.
Below we discuss some popular jaw clamps, C-clamps, crocodile clamps, belt clips, and actual belts, all relatively affordable, for mounting a high-capacity brick battery off a camera, light, or monitor.
Clamp mounts secure to a tripod leg or light stand to hold
One of the biggest challenges when shooting video on location, especially when you need to stay mobile for a long period of time, is how to keep all your gear powered without adding excessive weight to your rig. When I was out shooting long days handheld, there were many choices to keep the camera and accessories powered for a long shooting day. There’s a wide variety of mobile power options available; decisions on what to choose just depends on a few factors, such as what kind of rig you’re using, weight/portability limitations, and how much
If you’ve ever seen a “video village” on a set, you understand how quickly cables and monitor equipment fill the area, making it hazardous, not to mention limiting to a single area where you can pile people up to see the shot. And then there’s the wire nest that piles up around the camera, requiring multiple people to be huddled around the camera to set up a shot, making it necessary to have wired monitors close by. The cinematographer, AC, AD, focus puller, gaffer, and, of course, the director all have to check out how the lighting and
Below we’ve compiled the most popular on-camera monitors at B&H for all budgets, many of them with dozens of detailed customer reviews on our website that you may find useful. The majority are from just several brands. Most of the brands, such as Elvid and FeelWorld, have a focus on affordable offerings. Two on the list, Atomos and SmallHD, provide a range from affordable to high end. Blackmagic Design is also highlighted, having recently joined the on-camera monitor space with a range of recording monitors.
With the main reasons for the
Shopping for a filmmaker can be difficult. Equipment tends to be so specific and personal, that getting the right piece of gear to go with what they already have can make anyone frustrated with the holidays—but not to worry! The list below contains suggestions that will suit the needs, and even the fantasies, of pretty much anyone in the filmmaking field, no matter what their role or how long they've been working. So, if you are buying for someone else, or yourself, here are 10 last-minute gifts that would be ideal for filmmakers.
Everyone knows a creator—everyone is a creator. Being a creator is easy these days, especially with so many different social media platforms available to share your work and interact with others. There are also those among us who get way into it and want their streams, TikToks, YouTube videos, or Instagram posts to be the best they can be. If you know someone like that and want to find them the perfect gift, we highly recommend checking out this list.
1. Smartphone Gimbal
With video becoming incredibly good on mobile devices, the ability to
If you haven’t flown a drone yet, you are seriously missing out. Drones are now far from just toys. A good drone can deliver cinema-quality video that you never would have been able to capture before. Aerial photography and video can elevate almost any production. We are going to take a look at the best drones for videographers and filmmakers in 2020.
Best for Beginners: DJI Mini 2
Drones are intimidating. There are rules and regulations and there is always a danger that an
Affordable alternatives to professional video gear include inexpensive substitutes, as well as versatile products like gimbals and monopods. Read on for a look at some of the affordable products we suggest that will prove invaluable in your video production.
No matter how low-budget your production, a motorized gimbal is highly recommended, because gimbals are too good not to use. With a gimbal, even a beginner can achieve smooth, cinematic,