Making Better video

Whether this is your first video or your 100th, whether you are a professional or just starting out,  here you can find how to learn a new technique or about some new hardware that can help you in your making better videos. I have been making films for 50 years and now my sons also are learning, so come along with me and learn with me, how to go about making better video.

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Location. Its where everything starts
Lighting Basics and Reflectors. The location needs improving
Sound. The second most important thing about video
Prepare. You don't need a script but you do need a plan
The Camera I have a camera/phone now I can make a video. Wrong.
The Talent. Who you watch the stars of the video
Props People move - they need to interact with things.
The equipment. Making better videos requires a little bit extra
Basic Techniques Some of the basics to get you going.
The team, all those needed to make a production a success.
The Lenses. Move the image without moving everything else
More cameras more work. But there are alternatives
The editor - cheap or expensive it makes the difference
Foley. The sounds that you expected and needed to hear but didn't
Colour Grading - making it all look beautiful or thematic

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Posted on April 26, 2024

Filming small Objects requires ambient lighting with little or no reflections and no shadows. This is easiest to achieve on a small scale using a lightbox and works very well for selling small items or gameplay. Read more in the Blog Article

Posted on April 23, 2024

In this post we look at a few places to mount a camera on a sailboat to show the action. Read more in the Blog Article

Posted on November 30, 2023

For the times when you can't use a drone, there is pole cam. You don't need a special photograph pole. We adapted a Wolf-tools extending pole with rock-steady results. Read more in the Blog Article

Posted on November 28, 2023

Using a multiway @Benro tripod to get really close up to an image. With a good macro lens, you can get a good image, but you always need a way of supporting the lens and camera closeup to the subject. See the full article in the Blog

Posted on November 11, 2023

Handheld video in Portrait on the Canon R5C is made easier by the extra battery grip. Steady images are so important in filmmaking.

Posted on November 7, 2023

Just purchased an @Instamic waterproof microphone. We can go out in all weather with waterproof cameras, but the microphones are always a problem. This Stereo Bluetooth waterproof microphone may solve the problem. We will see as we take it for a test run in the rain.

Posted on November 4, 2023

Working on a new Blog learning to Sail. Learning how to sail at 65 This is a different style of blog for me. The blog will also have a video channel, but much of the filming depends on the weather.

Posted on October 30, 2023

Many of the clocks in my house change automatically as daylight savings time ends. I thought I did all the clocks, but I am still finding that as I use each camera I have to adjust the clock. Still finding more clocks to change 1 day on.

Posted on October 25, 2023

Ordered a new camera. Sometimes I need to get a camera in tight spaces, and this should fit the bill nicely.

Posted on October 1, 2023

When the object is not moving much then sometimes a slider can be used to add some more interest by revealing what is going on as the object comes into view. Read more in the Blog

Posted on September 23, 2023

Selecting the best camera for the job in hand. Often, this seems to be the Canon R5C. It has excellent sound capture, excellent fast lenses and probably most importantly, it can also take excellent photos for the thumbnails as well.

Posted on September 19, 2023

Using the Insta360 to capture 360 video of going out in a Falklands surviving Landing craft. This is normally based in Portsmouth but had come up to Southampton for the week. Read more in the Blog