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.
How to videos with a difference - Exercises to help you in making better video
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
The Slider Fast becoming one of the most useful tools you can own to help you in making better video
The Monopod Not a one legged tripod, but a really versitile tool to help you take a range of video shots and improve you making better video
Top 10 Tips and Tricks for using a Monopod for Video
Top 10 Tips for using a Tripod.
A quick and easy reference for using a tripod
The tripod and the things that you can do with one. For the small video production team which can often be only one person then a tripod really is a must. The hand held selfie is just far to wobbly and is often distracting. If you are sitting a little way away from the camera then you need a tripod.
The over the shoulder shot. This is great for interviews and family interactions. placing the camera behind the ear of one person shows the interaction of the communication.
The extreme closeup
This is similar to the closeup but tends to focus on a particular aspect of the face often this is the eyes. Sometimes the image can be distorted to create an effect.
The close up. This is where the action of the dialog is. Get in close to concentrate the audiences view of who is speaking or what the action is. Move the camera in close to the subject.
The establishing shot. Used at the beginning of most videos to set the scene. It is typcally a wide angle shot which may or may not include your actors or talent.