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

How to shoot vacation video

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 … Read the rest

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Five Tips to Deal with Reviews and Reviewers

Part II of II.  Read Part I here.

Every artist faces critics.  And every artist faces choices about how to deal with them. Some claim to never read their reviews (Show of hands if you believe them.  Nobody?)  Others wallow in the bad reviews, ignoring the good. (Show of hands again– Everybody!)

Assuming that you (a) can’t stop yourself from reading your reviews and (b) don’t want to wallow, you might use these five tips to process reviews or other critique:

1) Pay attention– or not. You have the right to ignore critics.  Even if you can’t stop reading … Read the rest

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5 Tips to shoot better video– Instantly!

From the "How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck" book trailer.

The book trailer for How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck gets you started with 5 great tips to help you shoot better video.

This isn’t a technical book–it’s about how to think like a director so you can shoot video that people will actually want to watch. It includes step by step instructions for beginners, great ideas on story and more advanced techniques if you’re already serious about shooting stills or video, and even a few ideas that will inspire a pro. Whether you’re shooting with a red, a dslr or your smartphone, these are tips you can use … Read the rest

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