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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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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Cranes and Jibs

Mechanical techniques include the use of devices that allow filmmakers to create unique and interesting camera movements.

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Directing Stunts for Green Screen

Hollywood creates realistic stunts and effects using green screen tricks.

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10 Things to Remember When Shooting HD

Blaine01Here are some tips specific to lighting for HD and shooting with High Definition cameras:

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Green Screen Basics Reviewed

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

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Shoot For The Edit

EditGraphic“So Johnny, this is a pretty good package, but why are you sitting on that shot for so long?

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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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Introduction to Lenses

LensThe lens is the single most important component of the camera system, and choosing a good lens can significantly improve the overall image quality of your production.

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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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Sports: The Camera

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A sports production will utilize a variety of camera types, unique point-of­view shots, extremely long telephoto lenses and different kinds of camera mounts.

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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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Behind the Scenes at a SloMo Shoot

Ever wonder how those astounding slo-mo shots that make a broadcast or big-screen production jump off the screen are created?

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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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Hawk Quick Check Chart

DSCLOGOQuick and precise camera matching for on location single- or multi-camera shoots

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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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All About Lenses - Part Two

The Long and Short of It

The focal length of a lens affects three important aspects of the image: angle of vjew; depth of field and perspecUve.

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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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All About Lenses

Lens00Without passing through a lens, the light falling on your camcorder's CCD would be as empty of information as a flash­light beam.

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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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Try a Tripod

md_tripod-imageFew pieces of video support equipment are as useful as the tripod. Simple in con­cept, elegant in function, the tripod has a long history of bringing needed stability to the world of photography.

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