Tutorials

5 Best Lenses for Nikon Videography

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*Updated Spring/Summer 2018* There is a constant debate in the film-making about the best lenses for videography.  Most of that debate focuses on zoom lenses vs prime lenses and what focal lengths are the best. Both sides have valid points. Filming weddings, events, sports, or even friends and family can be challenging due to the fast pace, constantly changing locations …

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The Blueprint for Setting Wedding Videography Prices

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One of the most common questions that videographers and photographers have when trying to start a business is, “how much should I charge for my work?”  Of course, the answer varies, so we’ve created this step-by-step guide to figure out what to charge for videography. 1. Find out what other videographers are charging This is relatively easy.  Search in your …

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The Secret to Attracting High-End, High-Paying Video Clients – Fast!

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Everyone dreams of getting high-end (read: high-paying) clients that are easy to work with, and it’s so simple that I can’t believe that more people aren’t doing it. Whether you’re trying to break into wedding videography or making videos for other businesses, the concept works beautifully. The secret getting better clients is positioning yourself as a high-end videographer (the kind …

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Wedding Videography Contracts: The 6 Worst Mistakes

Lawyers will tell you that a contract is the most important item to have to protect yourself if a relationship with a client starts to go south.  It’s also the best way to make sure everyone is in agreement before any work or money is exchanged.  However, forgetting to include certain items can come back to haunt you later.  Everyone …

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Chicago Skyline Cityscape Photo Tutorial at 360 Chicago/Hancock Observatory

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If you’re shooting video with a Nikon DSLR, chances are from time to time you shoot still photos as well. Still photography may even be your primary gig. During a recent trip to Chicago, I wanted to get some still photo cityscapes of the windy city and thought I’d share my experience trying to capture a great downtown Chicago skyline …

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Quick Tip: New Adobe Lightroom Version CC Won’t Open or Launch

I just downloaded Lightroom CC, the newest version of Adobe’s easy to use photo-editing software. Unfortunately, every time I clicked the desktop icon (which, btw, only says Lightroom – it does not list the version (CC) like previous versions), Lightroom would fail to launch. Not even the splash screen would appear. I even tried launching as administrator and through the …

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5 Tips For Using Zoom Products for DSLR Video Audio Capture

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We’ve been filming weddings professionally for several years now, and we’ve found that Zoom Audio products work well, but they aren’t without their challenges. Here are 5 tips to help you get the best audio for video with the Zoom H4N and Zoom H1 1. Avoid the dreaded “Card Write Error” by using a better SD card and formatting before …

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Best Nikon Picture Control Settings for Videography

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When you ask around for the “Best Picture Control Setting” you’re bound to get many different responses – even among experts. However, we’ve tried a few different picture styles over the years and have settled in on what we like. While this is specific to Nikon Picture Control settings, similar settings can be used for Canon. Phillip Bloom (and may …

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