How To Shoot a Music Video with DSLRs

Filmmaking, Photography and Music – in the arts there is often overlap, and there are a lot of musicians who are passionate about filmmaking who have this burning question in mind – how to shoot a music video?

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Smooth Moves - Camera Support Systems

Zooming is not a natural human experience. While some superheroes can zoom with their eyes, we're not so lucky. In the human world, if you want to take a closer look at an object you do just that: get closer.

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Quality CG Increases Production Values

Live or live-to-tape programs rely on the same core production techniques.

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Directing Stunts for Green Screen

Hollywood creates realistic stunts and effects using green screen tricks.

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Green Screen Directing

With the advent of YouTube and inexpensive HD camcorders, pretty much anyone who wants to be a movie director can be one.

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Green Screen Basics Reviewed

What you should know about buying and shooting with Chroma Key Backdrops.

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Balancing the Picture

Before you push the record button, you need to ask yourself, "How can I maximize the impact of this shot?"

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Full Body Chroma Keying Techniques and Tips

What is Chroma Keying?


Chroma01Chroma keying is the process or technique of replacing a solid background (the key) with another background or animation.

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Directing – Shot Size and Selection

A creative variable crucial to the director’s visual vocabulary and storytelling toolbox is shot size, which refers to the size of the subject in your frame.

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Prime vs. Zoom Lenses

I’m doing some research into lenses for my Canon 40D DSLR and have come across lenses being referred to as Prime lenses.

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Using Canted Shots to Convey Tension

Canted shots are composed with a camera tilted laterally, so that the horizon is not level and vertical lines run diagonally across the frame.

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Sports Shooting: Football, Baseball, Basketball and More

Ah - baseball games are reaching their apex and football games are getting off the ground - if you're a sports fan, you gotta love the Fall season!

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Shooting in Black and White

Black and white imagery gives a feeling of elegance to a photo or video, but there’s more to creating the art than simply turning off the color saturation in your editing program.

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Shooting in the Winter

Winter00As Old Man Winter lowers his cold frosty mantle upon the earth, creating dark chilly nights and crisp wintry days, many video producers think of hanging up their gear until Spring returns.

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Shots and Composition: A Breakdown

A film is made up of a series of photographic images and each image in the film is commonly referred to as a frame.

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A Definition of Prime Lenses

Prime00In an age when zoom lenses are all the range – I’ve been surprised to be getting more and more questions about prime lenses of late.

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Getting Optimum Chromakey Results

Chroma key works by recognizing a single video color (blue, green, or black) and replacing those pixels with a background image. We understand that everyone wants to do this in the space of a small closet. You can and the results will show it. Or you can use the least amount of space for an optimum setup.

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5 Reasons you Need More than Just a Camera

MoreThanACameraTo be a true video producer, you need to carry more than just your camera.

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How Does GreenScreen Work?

How do you move characters around in a world that lives only in your imagination? By following this easy step-by-step guide to going green.

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Auto Focus: Good or Bad?

Focus is an incredibly effective tool for directing the audience's attention.

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Making a Music Video

5 Top Tips to create the best look for your music video

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Good Frame Balance

Looking at a well-balanced image, we see that it has a settled, stable look. An unbalanced shot, on the other hand, has an insecure, uncertain feel to it.

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The Divine Proportion: Balancing the Golden Rule

Nature created it; visual artists follow it.

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It's in the Lens

0With some of the new inexpensive digital video effects technologies available today, it's possible for a home videographer to create visual sequences that were unthinkable in most Hollywood post-production studios just a generation ago.

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Framing Good Shots

 

Framing01AThe images you record are the build­ing blocks and foundation of your video productions.

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How does Shutter Speed Affect your Video Production

0Most of us don't think twice about the shutter speed that our video camera is using. True: it can be set to manual, but since the camera can automatically take care of it, why should we bother?

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Understanding and Manipulating Depth of Field

If you're searching for ways to vary the look and feel of your video images, one of the easiest compositional elements to manipulate is depth of field.

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Don't be Square about Framing

For an image to be exciting, it has to move! Right? Things need to be constantly changing and adjusting.

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Using a Light Meter

Learn how to use an incident and spot meter to determine the proper brightness value of your subject.

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The Hypnotic Effect of Depth of Field

mainSo you have questions, problems. Do not fear. First, you must gaze...deep..., deeper into my lens.

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