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October 22, 2013

It’s OK to be a Creep!

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Although you may feel intrusive or like a bit of a creep, it’s ok! In a filming scenario, it’s your JOB to film people interacting with one another and having some of their most personal and intimate moments. Being too shy...

October 21, 2013

Have Background Footage

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Always shoot plenty of b-roll; otherwise known as background footage. This can be used later for transitions between scenes to prevent jump cuts, overlaid on video clips or used as backdrops to title screens....

October 17, 2013

Rule of Thirds

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The Rule of Thirds in composition doesn’t just apply to photography. Imagine a 3 by 3 grid in front of your camera to ensure visual balance in your footage....

October 15, 2013

Lighting is everything!

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You want people to see what you’re shooting right? Then remember to plan ahead to prepare good light sources, and if possible head outdoors to take advantage of natural lighting....

October 14, 2013

Limit Your Transitions

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Nothing is worse than a ton of distracting and flashy transitions added in the editing process. Try and keep the number of transition effects to a minimum so your audience isn’t distracted from the message you’re trying to...

October 10, 2013

Instant Replay

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A creative way to emphasize a key moment in a video is to replay the moment. Try doing this by “rewinding” the footage and then playing it back in slow motion. We’ve all seen this on TV before, especially in sports,...

October 8, 2013

Extra Footage

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Although your main focus may be on the guests of honor, be sure to take lots and lots of “extra footage”. Film the decorations, the outside of a building, closeups of clothing, etc. These will all come in handy when editing....

October 7, 2013

Set The Mood

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When editing an event, it is important to set the mood. Include footage of the weather that day, people’s emotions (smiling, laughing, cheering, crying, etc) and be sure to choose music that is appropriate for the mood....

October 3, 2013

No Video? No Problem!

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Even if you weren’t there to film an event, you can still contribute by getting photos from the photographer and creating a slideshow. Make it fun by adding music, motion titles, transitions, effects… you name it!...

October 1, 2013

Add Drama with Slow Motion

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When editing, slow footage down to add a dramatic flair to your video. For example, if editing a race, slow the footage down as the winner crosses the finish line....

September 30, 2013

Share Your Work

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With so many great video sharing sites out there, be sure to share your work with other videographers to gain feedback and advice. Sites such as Vimeo and YouTube have free subscription options and you can make the videos public or...

September 24, 2013

Wedding Trailers

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Wedding trailers are all the buzz right now. They’re fun and easy for the newlyweds to share on all social media platforms and they highlight the main parts of the day. Try it if you haven’t already — they’re a...

September 24, 2013

Exposing Emotions

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Filming closeup is a good way to capture someone’s emotions. For example, if you want to capture the nervous side of someone, try filming the following: Trembling hands Nail biting Quick eye movements Finger tapping...

September 23, 2013

DIY: Fog Filter

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Filming a romantic scene or “misty shot”? Try the poor man’s fog filter on the lens. Lightly smear vaseline on a piece of glass or plastic and hold it in front of the lens while shooting (this works well for still shots as well)....

September 19, 2013

Tilt

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You do not always have to have the camera parallel to the horizon, tilting left or right can add drama to certain shots. Don’t be afraid to experiment....

September 17, 2013

It’s A Small World

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When shooting children, view the world from their perspective – get down to their level. It gives the impression that they are “big people too”. 🙂...

September 16, 2013

Get Inspired!

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Do your research – check out different filmographers, and see what you like about their style. Then experiment and see what works for you!...

September 11, 2013

Use an External Mic

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Even thought a lot of camcorders have built-in microphones, the audio quality will not be as clear as an external mic....

September 11, 2013

Don’t Track Your Subject

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An easy mistake to make for beginner videographers is to focus on keeping the subject at the center of your shots. Mix it up! Placing the subject off-center can create visual interest, and allowing them to move across the frame creates...

September 10, 2013

Hold Steady

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If you have trouble keeping your camera steady, try imagining that it is an extremely full cup of very hot coffee. Don’t get burned!  ...