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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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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Make Your Move

Movin00Unlike our counterparts in still photography, those of us shooting video have a wonderful advantage-motion.

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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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Composition 101

Comp00Ask a lot of people what makes good art, and they'll all have a different opinion,

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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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Framing Good Shots

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

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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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Dollies, Wheelchairs, and Wagons

Dolly00One important ingredient in feature-film production values is camera motion. We don't mean tilts, pans, and zooms. We mean moving the camera smoothly with a dolly, crane, or other device such as a Steadicam. The change in perspective that this motion creates gives the viewer artificial depth perception in an essentially 2D medium. Used well, camera motion adds a lot to the quality and feel of the production.

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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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Back to Film School

Back to Film SchoolWatching films is a classroom in itself, yet you really have to have the right tools to become a critical viewer.

All good directors are students of film. They devour film, looking at the way their peers chose to present the script - their shot choice, transitions, music and form.

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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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Multicam Shooting

MultiCam IntroWhether it's shooting a wedding, baseball game, church service or two-person interview, shooting it with more than one camera can be a time-saving and very creative endeavor.

While the director has a lot to contend with, the shooter also has to keep some very important techniques in mind when taking part in a multicam shoot.

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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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Live Shots

Liveshot01Everything these days seems to be moving at a faster pace than ever before. Drivers run a credit card through a reader on the gasoline pump so they can get in and out of the station faster.

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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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11 Steps to Add Some Spice to your Videos

There are many ways to make your video dull. We speak derisively of "talking heads" on television because they're not exciting. It's one thing to be in a room with someone who is talking for an hour,

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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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Cheating the Eyeline on Reverses When You Have a Bad Background

If you are filming people in a studio you will probably have a degree of control over where to position them, decide whether they should be sitting or standing, and what background they will be in front of.

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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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Hold On!

Hold0A pro's look at holding your camera

There is an old song that goes something like this: "Hold on loosely, but don't let go.

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