Month: March 2021

A dog is running on a grass field

How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Bonus Tip: Let the Subject Enter and Exit the Frame

Hold the Camera Still. Most amateur shooters will follow the action everywhere it goes. This causes jerky video. Also, how do you make a clean edit between a shot of the person (or dog) in the frame while the camera is in motion and another similar shot? Here’s a trick: let the subject exit the…
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A walking woman's shadow on a wall

How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip #12 – Shoot to Edit B: Let it Roll!

When you are shooting things that you make happen, such as actions you can get your subject to do, plan on doing multiple takes. First of all, you want to make sure you have a good version. Second, you want a variety of shots and angles of the same thing. For example, when my client…
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How to Shoot Video Like a Pro - Tip #11 - Shoot to Edit A: Get a Variety Shots

How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip #11 – Shoot to Edit A: Get a Variety Shots

As an editor, I implore everyone who shoots video to “Shoot-to-Edit.” This means you are thinking about what will work in the edit room. These are some shots you want to be sure to get, even if you might choose to leave them out when editing: Establishing Shot (ES) – the exterior of the building…
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How to Shoot Video Like a Pro - Tip #10 - Sound is 50% of Video

How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip #10 – Sound is 50% of Video

Some say the audio is everything. In any case, don’t underestimate its importance! Luckily there are many great options for microphones. For my primary audio, I use a medium-length RØde microphone on top of my camera or a lavalier with a long cord that plugs into the camera. (Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t…
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a sketch of a person and lights positions in filming a video in a studio

How to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Tip #9: Three Point Lighting

You may have heard of three-point lighting; a guideline to follow or ignore as you choose. I will sketch it out for you here. Light #1: Key light. This is typically at a 45-degree angle from the direction the subject is looking and is your brightest light. Light #2: Fill Light. This light shines from…
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