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Oct 05, 2022 in Tips and Tricks, If you’re new to video, Better Home Video

5 Killer Halloween Video Tips

Going out to shoot memorable video of your kids?  Here are five Halloween Video tips that will help: 1) It's dark out at night.  I know you knew that, so let me be more specific:  outside at night away from any light, it will be too dark to see your kids.  The obvious solutions: use your phone's built-in light, position the kids under streetlights, or shoot at the pre-show party indoors. Less obviously- have another parent light the kids with their cellphones from off to the side. You'll get much prettier looking footage. Above all, remember-- if you can't see them in the viewfinder now,…
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Sep 10, 2018 in Featured, Tips and Tricks, If you’re new to video, Better Home Video

How to Shoot Vacation Video that Won’t Bore People to Death

When I was a kid, the Armbrusters had a slide projector.  Which meant that after every vacation they took, we’d troop dutifully to their house for endless carousels of badly-shot Kodachrome slides, narrated  live.  The slide show always seemed longer than the vacation itself.  Washed-out, badly composed views of Disneyland or Paris—dotted here and there with the back of the head of someone we knew. Today technology has changed everything.  People can record hours and hours of vacation video on a single chip.  But they don’t trap you in their living rooms anymore.  Instead they email links to their hour-long…
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Nov 15, 2010 in Featured, Tips and Tricks

What video camera should I buy? 5 Questions to Ask

People love to worry about equipment, as if the right camera will take a more interesting video than the wrong camera. It won’t. You can shoot a great movie on your cell phone, and a bad one on an IMAX rig. Manufacturers release a new video camera every 27 seconds and everyone’s needs are different. Rather than recommend cameras, let's list the questions you should ask yourself when shopping:
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