If you’re just starting out in photography (or know someone who is), here’s a simple 5-minute animation that provides a crash course on the subject of aperture.
“In this animation, I explain aperture and how it interacts with the various parameters of photography,” writes Vincent Ledvina, an independent filmmaker who specializes in animation and time-lapse photography.
Ledvina says he’s planning to create a series of similar videos on the basic pillars of photography. You can follow along by subscribing to his new YouTube channel.
Photographer Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens made this helpful 7-minute video tutorial that provides a crash course on the different types of clamps used by photographers during shoots.
“This is not super glamorous stuff to talk about,” says Morgan, “but it’s the basics that we use every single day that we’re on set.”
Morgan discusses the A-clamp, super clamp, Cardellini, platypus, Kupo adjustable gaffer grip, C-clamp, and chain vice grip. If you’re just started out with putting together a basic clamp kit, here’s what Morgan recommends:
I would put ten a-clamps, three of the super clamps, and one platypus. And the reason being is this- the ten a-clamps just to clamp everything. You can do anything you need to with them. Then you have three of your super clamps. Two to hold up a backdrop, one to use for a light. Then that platypus is gonna hold your bead board, it’s gonna hold your foam core, it’s gonna hold some kind of reflector for you.
Want to give your DSLR footage a cinematic look? DSLR filmmaking enthusiast Jake Coppinger made this 11-minute video tutorial to teach you how you can do so.
To make your video look like something you’d see on the silver screen in a movie theater, there are a number of simple things you can do in-camera and in-post. Here are some of the pointers Coppinger covers in the video:
Using a frame rate of 24fps or 25fps, since that’s what’s traditionally used in theaters.
Set your shutter speed at double the frame rate (the “180-degree shutter rule”).
Use a neutral picture style to have more flexibility in post-production.
Use color grading to convey the mood of your footage visually.
A popular cinematic look is to have darker darks and brighter highlights.
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One trick is to make your shadows bluer and to warm up your shadows.
Use the 2.35:1 ultra widescreen aspect ratio that movies use.