More Articles from Tag Archives: closeup

  Never Stop Practicing If you want to get better at anything you have to practice. That’s especially true when shooting video. Because video storytelling requires both technical acumen and aesthetic awareness it can be very difficult to master. Heck for many it is difficult to even get started. It does get easier, but only […]

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How-To videos The growth of videos on the web that help you do everything from waxing your brows to cooking a pot roast to shooting better videos is strong evidence of world-wide demand. From my personal experience I am always a little humbled when I am at an event on the other side of the […]

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  Be thoughtful in composing your shot. The camera is a tool. The way you use that tool has a profound and direct impact on your audience. The elevation of your camera in relation to your subject, the size of your subject in the frame and the other elements you choose to include in your […]

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  Every video is better when you apply some sort of organizing principal to the video. Think of it as the scaffolding that props up your story. Your principal can be chronological, it can be focusing on just one person, it can be a process, it can be point of view. Find something that you […]

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  Some videographers are very adept at “jiggle cam”… that live-looking vérité video style where the camera follows the unfolding action. If you’re not a pro with the camera the odds are your skills with the technique are limited. I’ve been shooting video and film for 30 years and I’m afraid sometimes I still struggle […]

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  Use images like words Think in shots. Each image, each moment in your video needs to give the audience new information. So shoot deliberately. When you press the record button know what you want to capture. Have a reason, have a point. Too many folks just “spray and pray” when they are creating a […]

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Web video producers are forgetting something. Sequencing their shots. I can’t be the only one who has grown weary of the continuous camera shot. The instant I see a boring talking head blathering on and on in a web video I am hitting the “next” button. Rarely do I have the interest or inclination to […]

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