Shooting ultra-minimalist on location with David Alan Harvey

I’m currently producing a series of web shorts about photographer David Alan Harvey (National Geographic, Burn Magazine).  He liked my fly-on-the-wall shooting style and invited me to travel with him on his recent ventures through the Western US.  The goal of the

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Filmmaking with just one lens

While it can be tempting to bring a wide arsenal of lenses on a shoot, sometimes you really only need one.  Being restricted to a single focal length forces the filmmaker to think creatively about framing, and provided you’re using a “normal”

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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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Adobe CS6 catching up to FCP X – Launching Online at 10am PST!

Editing on the run is about to get easier for Adobe users.  Looks like they’re playing catchup to some of my favorite time-saving features in FCP X: click-less scrubbing of clips, timecode-less audio syncing, image stabilization without bouncing out to After Effects,

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