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Unexplored Angles Cameras continue to push the boundaries of technology– ever higher pixel counts, greater low-light performance, and better stabilization. While this is extremely helpful in increasing a filmmaker’s or videographer’s production value, it’s only half of the final creative puzzle. An often overlooked and underappreciated area to pay attention to is how to compose a story by shooting unexplored angles and dynamic perspectives to further along the emotional content of your story. Exciting and interesting perspectives can be achieved at certain positions like if you crouch down for a worm’s eye view or climb up a ladder for a...

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Often we spend thousands on cameras, and only a fraction on audio. So the question is, "Is sound quality in your films more important than image quality?" If you've ever asked that question, be sure to check out this informative video by Alex of SourceDistributionTV. We say "video," and beginners tend to focus on just that. But it's taken for granted that the term often encompasses the whole sensory experience, including audio. Great audio is a way that filmmakers draw the viewer into the film; many layers of crisp sound that envelops you. On the opposite end, poor audio can...

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About this shoot Before the TigerTilt Motorized Pan Head was released, I wanted to create a beautiful video composition that clearly conveyed its abilities. They are only amplified when mounted to our largest crane, the Taurus XL. I decided on a nature setting, deep in the woods of the Southeast US. The tall trees and low forest ground covering would provide perfect environment for some dynamic and compound movements. As the camera tracks up a mature 100ft hardwood tree, you can really feel the extent of the movement. It's the type of view you'd expect to regularly see if you...

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By Katie Conlon So often when I am shooting in a live setting, people who need to pass will attempt to duck under the camera lens or walk around me.  Unbeknownst to them, I've been locked and loaded waiting for someone to cross, gifting me with a nice camera wipe. Just as you want your action to be natural, you must also ensure that your set (or setting) is natural, too.  Photo by Reinpost | CC BY-SA 3.0 Set dressing and props serve several purposes: Establish the tone and character of a setting Provide context for and flesh out your...

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By Katie Conlon Everyone who decides to pursue a career in film or video initially envisions themselves stepping onto the stage of the Kodak Theater in Hollywood to accept their Academy Award for Best Film in Human History. Obviously, only a select few will ever make it that far, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a lucrative career in videography and/or amateur film production. There are hundreds of ways to use your skills and training to work full-time in videography. Photo by An Mai | CC BY-SA 2.0 First and foremost, the terms video and film are not...

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