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histograms

Histograms can be extremely helpful tools for exposing images—if you know how to use them. If you’re a new filmmaker, chances are you’re not completely familiar with all of your camera’s great features. But one you’ll definitely want to familiarise yourself with is the histogram, which reads the tonal values of an image, from shadows on the left to the highlights on the right. To help you better understand what a histogram is and how you can use it to get more accurate information of your images, here’s a short video from David Bergman of Adorama that explains it all: …
BoomOp

How do you avoid the pitfalls of being “that boom operator?” Operating a boom isn’t as simple as it looks; it actually requires a lot of expertise, finesse and physical strength. Not only do you have to know where to place the boom in order to get the best possible sound, but you also have to ensure that it doesn’t ruin the shot by bobbing into the frame. Luckily in this video from Aputure, boom operator Stephen Harrod serves up six tips that will help you take your boom game to the next level. Some things to keep in mind …
MoVi

Shooting with a gimbal can help you capture some incredible images, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Gimbals have certainly become one of the hottest new tools in filmmaking ever since the MōVI dropped in 2013. Everybody and their mom wants to get their hands on one so they can start capturing those mesmerisingly smooth images gimbals are known for—but before you do, you might want to hear these pearls of wisdom from professional gimbal operator Casey McBeath, who lays out the benefits and limitations of working with a gimbal, as well as the drawbacks. Read the full …
speedlight-daylight-lead

With the recent flooding of the market with battery-powered monolights, it might seem as if the humble speedlight will only ever be found on top of the photojournalist’s camera from now on. The Profoto B1 and B2, the Broncolor Siros, and offerings from various small brands have given us options for high-powered flashes in much smaller packages than before. But sometimes, it is still more convenient to use speedlights than to lug around heavier and bulkier offerings. “Why aren’t you taking the Einstein?” my travel partner asked as we went over our packing lists. A fair question. I’d get much …
portion of movie film reel

There are thousands upon thousands of cuts to make as an editor, but how do you know if you’re making them in the right spot? Some editors, like Chantal Akerman, will say this skill is instinctual, that you’ll feel it when you make a good edit, whereas others, like Walter Murch, will say it’s something that must be practiced until it’s perfected. Whichever side of the discourse you fall on, editor Sven Pape has shared 5 helpful tips you can use to help you both feel the edit as well as practice your technique. Real time editing: This is a …
slowmoguys

If you’re using slow-motion sequences in your latest project, you better make sure they’re not just some gimmick. Consider yourself a filmmaker? Congratulations, you’re also a wizard. That’s because filmmaking is a sort of sorcery, one in which you have control over every aspect of the universe: light, sound, and even time. As video essayist Julian Palmer puts it in his piece The Art of Slow Motion, “We [members of the human race] have no control of time, unless, of course you’re a filmmaker.” Slow motion is one of those techniques that we see pop up time and time again …