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 the 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 … Read the rest
It’s available now wherever you buy your paper or pixel books. Look to your right for handy links!
This new edition is mostly a touch-up. It turns out that even if you try not to use terms that might become dated, they sneak in somehow. And for fans of my Do It Yourself Film Graduate School list of movies that you really must see, there are new additions.
New Edition FAQs:
Do I need to run out and get this edition if I … Read the rest
I’ve never used a video camera, however my daughter will be getting married this October and I will be filming for the VERY first time. I’m scared stiff ! ! !
Can you please advise me on the best way to capture this special moment.? I would be so very grateful to you.
Wait, you’re shooting video at your daughter’s wedding?
First piece of advice: please re-consider.
Weddings are an emotional ride for any parent-of-the-bride, and whether you wind up blubbering like a 2-year old, dancing on tables or falling-down drunk, holding a video camera will … Read the rest
In Part I of this post, we laid down the basics for How-To Video. Now lets go for mastery. The key to which, as with so many other elements of video, is story.
Think about your video as a real film, with real story elements. The simplest story in any how-to video is the journey, where the hero takes us from not-done to overcoming-obstacles to done. The more challenging the journey, the better the video.
How much journeying you can do in your how-to video depends on your audience’s needs. If people will watch while they do … Read the rest
Ah, Mothers Day! Burnt toast and coffee made with hot tap water in bed (“We aren’t allowed to use the stove.”) . Macaroni-art “I love You Mom” cards. Perhaps a meal at Mom’s favorite restaurant–say, Chuck E. Cheese. The day is loaded with great material that can become memorable video. Video you can use 15 or 20 years from now in that mandatory embarrassing/cute wedding video.
With that in mind, here are a few Mother’s Day Video Tips for the Dad behind the camera:
Find the Story: “Mother’s Day 2017” isn’t a story. Stories are about people and action. … Read the rest
I’m new to video recording/ photography and just bought your book…ITS GREAT!
How would you shoot a live amateur boxing event if there is only one videographer and his DSLR? I read that you should not keep the camera continuously recording the whole time. Should I record 5-10 sec of footage…stop and move to another position, then hit record again? Or should I keep recording as I’m moving to another position so I don’t miss anything important during the move– like, say, the knockout!
Thanks for reading the book, Eric. Shameless flattery will get you nowhere, if you … Read the rest
How do I create a series of online class videos that are How-to’s, but creative and interesting, while also teaching?
My upholstery course videos are pretty wide shot/closeup. I know I can do better. I’ve asked every video and film maker I know if they can think of a clever technique for doing these classes. They’re all going to get back to me on that. (ha!)
Before we get to the “creative” how-to video, let’s look at the basics- the marks a how-to video must hit.
How-to videos helped me save $200 replacing my own sump pump, … Read the rest