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"Just in: Fresh free files" Now, this is an email subject line I can get excited about! With technology what it is today, allowing us to capture and store thousands upon thousands of images with ease, it is hard to believe there would ever be a shot we didn't have, right? Well, no, of course not. The world is a big place, and daily lives are packed full of activity and events. Enter stock media libraries. No longer are the image banks a surplus of cliche depictions. They are black holes of inspiring photos, videos, illustrations, and even sound clips....

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A community member recounted in the DVXUser.com forums1 an unfortunate incident that happened to him while shooting a wedding: “I was hired from a friend to film a wedding for the mother of the groom. She wanted video/audio of the wedding to capture the event...I've never done a wedding before but have film[ed] other things....Well I get home and the footage looks great, I felt like I did very well, until I realize that none of the audio recorded.” Ouch! I think it is safe to say that we have all been victim of rookie mistakes, unforeseen events, and just...

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Video editing software applications these days are chocked full of tools. Even cheap editing programs have built-in options for tweaking audio and video, and applying effects. But, is it really such a good idea to rely on editing to cover your production mistakes or oversights? I’m gonna go with a big, fat “NO!” on that. For one thing, it is lazy. And, for another, it is foolish. Icarus, where ya going? Don’t worry, your editor won’t be bored. There will be plenty of production fails for which to compensate -- those things beyond your control. Uh, big puffy clouds plus...

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Fast and Slow While Sitting Still Understanding the relationship between lens opening, shutter speed, and film or sensor sensitivity is one of the dividing lines between being a casual shooter and being a professional filmmaker. When you know how those values interact and the way they affect your image, you begin to control the technical quality of your images. The unique language that has grown up to describe those ideas is probably the barrier to easy understanding. Perhaps the most confusing word is “fast.” We speak of fast lenses, fast shutter speed, and fast film/sensors. In each case, the word...

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