If you’re ready to take to the skies with your first drone, you’ll want to learn the basics first.
Drone technology is getting better and better every year, making it easier for beginners to take it out of the box and take to the skies. However, even the most basic drone has a bit of a learning curve. So, if you’re ready to shoot some sweet aerial shots but don’t really know how to get off the ground, this video from Darious Britt of D4Darious shows you the basics of drone operation, from rules and regulations you need to follow before you take off to flight exercises you can practice once you’re in the air. Check it out below:
While you’re busy obsessing over your principal photography, your b-roll is over there begging for some attention.
If you’re an experienced filmmaker, you know that all of your supplemental footage requires almost as much planning, preparation, and TLC as your principal photography. Just like with anything you shoot, you’ve got to plan your shots, make difficult cinematic decisions, and be able to change it up at the drop of a hat if you need to, which can be a huge challenge if you don’t really know what it takes to get good b-roll.
If you’re new to this, don’t worry, because filmmaker Darious Britt of D4Darious shares a ton of great insight on how to capture beautiful and effective b-roll for your projects in the video below.
Now, ready to learn about the 10 Things You Should Be Doing When Shooting B-Roll? Ok… here you go.
This new site from Apple aims to show users how to get the most out of their iPhone 7 cameras.
When companies like Apple and Samsung design cameras for their smartphones, one of the main objectives is to make them easy enough to operate that any user can simply point and click. However, it seems as though Apple wants to offer a little something extra to those who are getting into the art of photography and cinematography and wanting to explore the creative power of their device.
Designing a great color effect can be pretty complicated. The easiest part is making sure you have everything you need, whether it’s a plugin or additional software, but actually figuring out which levels to adjust and which buttons to push can be incredibly frustrating. That’s why this tutorial from Justin Odisho is so excellent, because he not only shows you how to create a handful of very easy, very stylish color effects, but you can do it all without any expensive third party tools. Check it out below:
You don’t need a whole lot of bells and whistles to make your film look cinematic.
This is probably one of the most asked questions in the indie/low budget film community: How do you make a film look cinematic? It’s a difficult question to answer, because there are so many important elements that help make a film look that way, like lighting, camera movement, and set design, all of which take years of experience and practice. However, if you’re looking for cheap and easy ways to make your work look more cinematic right now,Armando Ferreira has 5 tips that will help you do just that, here.
You don’t need to drop a ton of cash on a camera stabilizer to get smooth shots.
Gimbals, monopods, and other camera stabilizers can help you shoot beautiful images, but many of them are hundreds, even thousands of dollars. If you’re a no-budget filmmaker, there are plenty of ways to stabilize your camera without spending a dime. Here are 6 DIY hacks from Filmora that show you how to keep your camera steady using materials you probably have lying around at home.
Forget using expensive dolly tracks or handheld gimbals to pull off beautiful camera moves. You’ve got a car, right?
Admittedly, using cars to get these shots is kind of an old school technique that indie filmmakers have been using for a long time, especially before handheld 3-axis gimbals came along. (In fact, you can get some amazing shots using a car and a gimbal in tandem.) But since gimbals are becoming more ubiquitous (though still spendy), it seems like now’s as good a time as any to remember one cinematic tool that you might’ve forgotten — or hell, maybe you never knew!
(Thanks to Robbie Carman of Amigo Media for the heads-up on Frame.io)
Collaboration is a major part of filmmaking, but sometimes it seems as though technology hasn’t quite caught up with our increasingly mobile and online workflows. That’s why Frame.io is so exciting. This collaboration platform aims to “pick up where Vimeo left off” by allowing users to upload, review, and share videos privately with collaborators anywhere in the world with a single application. And once you check out the workflow, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.
What is Frame.io?
Frame.io explains the workflow:
Frame.io acts as a home base for all your creative projects. It replaces the hodgepodge of using Vimeo, Dropbox, and Gmail to work with media files online. We solve cloud storage, client review, transcoding, and light asset management into one seamless app. We have great tools for video like time based comments and annotation so you can draw directly on video frames. We have version control and comparison tools built in so you can see what’s changed over time. Frame.io is social too. Every action performed is tied to an individual user and tracked so you get notifications about what’s going on. It’s built for teams from the ground up so you can create a private workspace for each project you’re working on and decide who has access to what.
Frame.io allows you to create projects, add collaborators to them, and drag and drop files from your computer to share all within the dashboard, which is a real time-saver.
Click here to try Frame.io and to read a lot more on this collaborative tool for video creators.