Shoot preparation and shoot day tips

Plan your video shoot well

Before any successful shoot there is always some planning on my part as the cameraman or DOP. I like to have an idea of what I will be shooting and the location the shoot will be in. Really the more information you have will mean you can be better prepared and save time on set and most importantly get the best images. Try to get an outline of the shots needed or a storyboard is great too.
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Camera bags and hard cases for Photographic, Film and TV gear

Sony F5 Camera case

So how do you make sure your gear works when you need it too? That’s an easy answer, make sure you protect it properly. The easiest way to do this is to have your gear in protective cases or bags. Continue reading “Camera bags and hard cases for Photographic, Film and TV gear”

Video Production Values matter

Good professional video cameraman

If you’re putting a video online, you’re making a statement about your brand and its values. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “You only get one chance to make a first impression”, and any video you put online is that first impression. If the viewer is distracted by the bad composition or the incorrectly exposed image or if they can’t hear what you have to say because of poor sound recording, you’ve lost their attention and maybe even their potential business.
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Working as a cameraman

Whats is it like to be a TV cameraman

What’s it like working as a cameraman? Well you need a lot of talents but maybe not the ones that come to your mind first. You need patience, problem solving abilities and people skills not to mention powers of negotiation and navigation, then you need a good eye too. Continue reading “Working as a cameraman”

Choosing the right location to shoot your video

How to plan a shoot location

To make a great photographs, video or film the first thing you need is somewhere to shoot. Choosing that location is harder than it sounds. There are many factors that you need to take into account to ensure the shoot in that location goes smoothly.

Location, location, location is not just for real estate, it also vital to making great images and videos. In a way where you film is almost as important as what you film. A great location will provide you with photographic / cinematic opportunities to sets the tone and tells a story of its own.
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Film set lingo, Film Terminology or on set slang

Film terminology and terms

Like any job, there is shorthand and slang thrown about on sets, but the difference in this profession is how prevalent it truly is. The idea behind Onset jargon is for speed and efficiency and is vital to communication. Film, TV and video all have a very rich lexicon of terms and it is important that you are familiar and understand the terms.
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External recorder or monitor-recorder: why do I need one?

best on camera recorder

Deciding on new camera gear is always tough and you have to focus on which product is right for you.

I have owned and used on camera monitor-recorders for a long time. I originally bought a Atomos Samurai when I bought one of the first Red One cameras in Australia. The reason this was a great option to add to the Red camera was because it allowed me record a video stream with matching file names and timecode (to the RAW recording) the Red camera was doing. This allowed more options in post production as well as allowing for playback on set. This was in the very early days of the Red before the cameras could play back the footage. These two features alone were more than enough reason to buy the Atomos.
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