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The Pros and Cons of Using Autofocus for Filmmaking

To autofocus or not to autofocus, that is the question. So, let’s look at when AF may be preferable over manual focus.  There’s somewhat of a stigma towards autofocus, especially within the online filmmaking community. The notion is that the way of cinema is only by manual focus. And, from a purely statistical point, that’s […]

Video Tutorial: How I Shot My First Plant Time-Lapse

Grow your photography skills with this detailed tutorial on how to visualize a plant’s growth cycle. Let’s get started! I’ve always been curious on how to setup and shoot a plant time-lapse sequence, so I finally decided to have a go at it. I’ve played around with both time-lapse and hyper-lapse photography before, but never […]

Upgrade Your Product Shots with FREE Video Overlays

Lend movement and excitement to your product shots with these FREE video footage overlay packs, featuring fog effects, light leaks, and more! A lot of detailed work goes into making product shots look good—lighting, lens filters, backdrops, etc. However, even with all of those things, most products are still going to be relatively stationary. An […]

5 Filmmaking Software Programs You Didn’t Know You Needed

Take a look at these five software programs that are sure to spark your filmmaking creativity. Tutorials included! Learn about five different software programs you didn’t know you needed for filmmaking. (Or, maybe you’ve heard of them, but not sure where to start.) A lot of these programs are free and we’ve included links to […]

Is Five-Year-Old Camera Technology Actually Outdated?

Is there anything inherently wrong with acquiring older technology in the age where “new” is often perceived as best? Let’s take a look. I think it’d be fair to say that the rate at which new cameras are announced and released is quite astonishing. In fact, just after I finished uploading the video below to […]

Vlogging Strategies: How to up Your Content Game

With video content surging, let’s see how you can kickstart your vlogging game with these simple—but essential—strategies. Video content is on a surge. As TikTok makes a play to become more like YouTube, Instagram is moving in on TikTok’s turf. Never has there been a better time to think about how to incorporate vlogging into […]

14mm Focal Length for Filming Conversational Scenes

Filming conversational scenes can be tricky. Let’s look at how to use a wide-angle lens and NOT cause distortion. You could easily argue that there’s a generic focal length used for filming everyday conversations. The favorites are 35mm, 24mm, and 50mm. Of course, these focal lengths somewhat increase if you’re using a sensor outside of […]