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Brrrrr!

NOTE: I incorrectly denoted this story as “recent”, but this incident happened in 2015. My apologies for the mistake, but the warnings and safety ideas are always timely. Poynter’s Al Tomkins recently reported on Colorado Springs journalist Eric Fink who was hospitalized for frostbite on both hands. Covering weather with temps in the teens, Fink had to keep his gloves off to manipulate a faulty firewire cable on his camera. The longterm effects…

Hand-Crafted Battery Powered Light Kits

From: John P. Creel II Like it or not we are moving away from using ENG and SNG trucks for live shots.  With that goes the generator necessary for running our lights.  At nighttime and in bad weather it creates a black hole behind the talent remedied only by AC on location. There are many ways to solve that problem, from portable generators, ac inverters, to battery powered lights.  Generators…

Sign Up for the NPPA Advanced StoryTelling Workshop 2015

Registration is now open for the Advanced StoryTelling Workshop. The weeklong workshop is a mixture of classroom and hands on assignments. During the week you shoot, write and edit two stories. This gives you a chance to try things that are outside your “comfort zone.” Students often tell us how much they learn from this chance to “Get a little crazy.” The Workshop dates are March 29 – April 3,…

Camera Confidential: an insider’s guide to video journalism

Long-time friend of b-roll.net and BBC shooter,  Christian Parkinson always has good stories to tell. He shares his many travels in Africa for the Beeb… Now he’s put those great ideas down on paper – or virtual paper – in a new ebook called Camera Confidential: an insider’s guide to video journalism.But always wanting to give back, Parkinson has decided to give all profits from the book to the Rory…

Storm Lens Coverage| b-roll.net HACKS

Our favorite Kiwi, Stephen “Cameragod” Press, with another b-roll.net HACK. Basically, telling you to steal from your hotel… just leave the towels, robe and mini-bar alone!

Be Careful Out There…

Miles O’Brien tells a frightening story that began with a cart of tumbling pelican cases.  My best to him and to all, be careful out there… Read it here…

Help Me Teach Future Photogs…

At its core, b-roll.net is about education. Hopefully the many tips and tricks found on this site have inspired a few photogs to try something new. At the very least, we’re a group who appreciates the good work found in our industry. I’ve decided to take that teaching spirit to the next level and become an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. While I’ll…