Your Sony RX100 can go aerial for about $700 with the DJI Phantom

Quadcopters, those mini-helicopters that fly cameras with amazing fluidity, have been around for a while.  But their cost and complicated operation has kept them out of the reach of non-helicopter experts until recently . Enter the DJI Phantom: a low-cost, backpack-sized, pre-built

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“Roadside” – Impromptu GH2 Short Film

I’m currently on a reality shoot in Texas and had my Panasonic GH2 along for interviews.  During a drive from San Antonio to Austin, I got an itch to go jogging and pulled off at a random exit.  I noticed the wind

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Sony’s sexiest camera ever? Full-frame sensor, 1080p and almost pocket-sized

The full-frame big brother of my favorite pocket photo/video camera, the Sony RX100, is arriving around December 14th. The RX1 will feature the same massive sensor used in Sony’s top-of-the-line SLT-A99, but it will weigh one pound and be small enough to fit in

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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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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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