Can you ditch your wireless lavalier microphone for a clip-on mini voice recorder?

When you are shooting on the go and alone, the easiest way to get good audio of your talent is by having them wear a wireless lavalier (clip-on) microphone. The basic steps of this are simple: plug a lavalier mic into a mini

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Sony RX100 Low Light Footage

En route home from a night out, I decided to grab a few shots of NYC at night to see how the Sony RX100 fares in dim street light.  Overall, I’d say it does admirably for a compact, but still pales in

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Steadicam shooting without the Steadicam

Ever wanted to get that cinematic Steadicam look to your walking shots without using any gear other than your camera and your bare hands? I’ve developed a technique for shooting smooth tracking shots by stabilizing in post with Adobe Premiere CS6 Warp

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Going Clubbing with the Sony RX100

I purchased two Sony RX100‘s to use for life-vlogging.  Per my previous article, I want to have the ability to cinematically chronicle any moment of my life without the equipment becoming a burden. Note that I am not using these as photo

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Sony RX100: Pocket Cinema Camera

I have long dreamt of the ability to video-blog my life in a cinematic yet low-profile way.  To me, this means the ability to attain shallow depth-of-field, clean low light performance, and full manual controls.  And everything has to be able to

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My “one bag” GH2 docu filmmaking kit in explicit detail

Run and gun can be tough when you’re also trying to be cinematic. Here’s a kit I’ve been using for the last few months that allows me to be agile, creative, and low-profile.  Plus, it fits in a single medium-sized SLR bag.

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See what any lens will look like on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (or any camera) with this app

Different cameras have different-sized imaging sensors, which means a wide lens on a Canon 5dmkIII suddenly becomes a telephoto on a Panasonic GH2.   Why?  Math.  And I hate math. If you want to preview how your lens would look on any

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What gear to carry when gunning it to the extreme (Matador Ambassadors)

If you want to take your photography or filmmaking to the earth’s extremities, there’s no better person to ask about what gear is necessary than a Matador Ambassador.  In this article, they give you the complete rundown of what gear to carry on

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15 tips for run-and-gun DSLR docu-verite shooting

Docu-verite DSLR shooting is a difficult road to travel when you’re a one-man crew.  By docu-verite, I mean filming the unpredictable, i.e. spontaneous conversations; going from exterior to interior lighting; dialogue scenes in noisy environments; night shots from vehicles.  You can attempt

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How to Shoot a Vegas Music Video During Your Bachelor Party

It could have been a standard-issue bachelor party in Vegas. Eight of my best buds, each one a perfect casting choice for any comedy beer commercial, shared two rooms in Bill’s Gambling Hall and Saloon and planned to do everything everyone else

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