Category Archives: Videos

10 Basic Techniques for Optimizing Your Photos with Adobe Lightroom

If you’re just starting out in Adobe Lightroom and would like some guidance on how you can use the software to improve your photographs, here’s a free lesson that may be of interest to you. Photography instructor Tim Grey shares his top 10 tips for optimizing photographs in Lightroom.

The talk runs for nearly 2 hours, so you’ll need to carve a chunk out of your day to watch it, but it could be helpful for anyone in need of a primer on some basic tools.

Grey offers a number of techniques that you can include in your image-optimization workflow beyond the basic Develop module, using adjustments to correct the noise, chromatic aberration, and perspective distortions seen in your photos.

In case you’d like to jump around in the video, here’s a “table of contents” with topics and the time at which they appear:

  • Start with the Basics (1:00)
  • Embrace “Presence” (20:00)
  • Isolate Colors (25:25)
  • Don’t Ignore Noise (33:20)
  • Check for Chromatic Aberrations (41:50)
  • Correct for the Lens (50:30)
  • Crop (Almost Always) (1:05:30)
  • Go (Virtually) Black and White (1:17:30)
  • Cleanup (and More) in Photoshop (1:27:00)
  • Get Targeted (1:42:45)

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An Introduction to DSLR Filmmaking for Beginners | Basic Tutorial

This introduction video for DSLR filmmaking is divided into six parts.
Learn how to set up your camera, shoot in daylight and at night.
This tutorial shows you how to get the cinematic film look that
so many people are talking about.

In the fall of 2008 Vincent Laforet was the first one to use the Canon EOS 5D Mark II which was the first digital SLR capable of recording full HD video. The short film he shot mostly at night, called “Reverie”, become popular over night. Something that Canon never intended got more and more in focus of amateur filmmakers all over the world: Shooting films and commercials with a stills camera. It only took a few month and the first accessories were released. Since then a lot has happened and a lot of TV shows like “House MD” or “CSI Miami” used DSLRs on set. Philip Bloom, another pioneer in digital filmmaking, used cameras on the Lucas Film production “Red Tails”. The small body and the great image quality has fascinated international acclaimed cinematographers like Rodney Charters (“24”). In independent cinema those cameras became indispensable.

A tutorial by Moritz Janisch (Fenchel & Janisch)

DSLR Shoulder Mount: Why & When to Use a Rig to make professional video

Since DSLR video cameras are incredibly light and not very ergonomically friendly for handheld work, using them without some type of stabilization system can render many of your shots unusable do to unpleasant camera shake. This camera shake draws audiences’ attention to the camera, which breaks the 4th wall and the illusion of reality, which as a director, you’re trying so hard to create. You wanted gentle movements that had a sort of “feather” quality to them and you’re not going to achieve that look by holding the camera in your hands while shooting. If you hold a DSLR camera in your hands it’s going to pick up the jitters from your morning coffee, your heartbeat and the movement of your breathing. These little machines are remarkable, but they are incredibly sensitive to movement.

Older, heavier video or film cameras had a weight to them that helped stabilize hand-held work. However, even those older and heavier cameras were generally mounted on the camera operator’s shoulder to help further stabilize the shot.

A shoulder mount is a dynamic piece of equipment that moves with the camera operator. It’s not static like a tripod and it allows you, the filmmaker, the flexibility of movement, which can really help increase efficiency during production.

Some filmmakers, and some audience members for that matter, don’t like the hand-held look – and that’s fine. They claim it makes them dizzy and nauseous. Fair enough. But some incredible films are being shot using this style of movement so we shouldn’t reject it as a legitimate shooting style. Essentially, a shoulder-mounted camera helps filmmakers create a sort of visual metaphor for something happening in the narrative of the film.