Your old reading glasses are your new effects plug-in

Got $10? Get some reading glasses, or grab some old eyeglasses, pop out the lenses, and hold them in front of your lens to create magical effects.  You’ve probably seen this look before; perhaps you didn’t know how it was done. It’s

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Ultra Low Light Video with Metabones Speed Booster

Last night I had a ball filming  at a very dimly lit bar in Santa Monica.  There was a magical, convivial vibe in the air, and I wanted to capture the mood of the place the way I felt it, without attracting

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The $350 docu-filmmaking kit: Depreciation is Wonderful

Last week, I went out with some friends for yet another night on the town.  I brought along my Sony NEX-5n with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 pancake lens and made the short “Tuesday”. I recently discovered that this combo can be bought

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The holy grail: turn your NEX camera into full-frame for $600 (and use almost any lens)

  A revolution is about to hit the mirrorless camera world.  NEX is now full-frame.  Your NEX-5n videos will now have the same shallow depth-of-field, wide angles, and amazing low-light performance of a Canon 5d MKIII.  How? A new spin on some

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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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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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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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