tips & tricks

Filmmakers Produce Lesson in Capturing Moments

“Without Us, It’s Radio” A famous rallying cry of photographers here on b-roll.net. But after listening to some amazing writing on National Public Radio from shows like This American Life, Planet Money and Radiolab, I have found a lot about storytelling can be learned from the AUDIO ONLY medium. These shows break the mold on the process of telling a linear story. Back in July, WNYC’s Radiolab did a show…

Createasphere Gives Us a Quickie on White Balance

The folks at Createasphere (formally HD Expo) have put together a few quickie training videos to help illustrate some basic principles of motion pictures and digital filmaking. In this one, Jeffery Seckendorf discusses and demonstrates principles of color temperature. Shooting 101, to be sure, but a nicely put together introduction to our friend Lord Kelvin and his HOT lights! Quickies from Createasphere: Color Temperature Basics for Film and Digital Check…

Let’s Go Camping

From: David Dahlquist, Freelance News Photographer San Juan Capistrano, CA I was covering a three day breast cancer walk last month and we were on location 24/7 for all three days. While shooting interviews with some of the volunteers at night in small dome tents. I needed to light the interviews but did not want that camera light look. I had packed a fluorescent camp light with my gear. My…

How to Archive P2 Footage

There are a lot of great tips on b-roll.net – everything from shooting into mirrors under trains to unique water proofing for microphones. It’s great to read interesting tips, but Mike “SVP” Johnston of Scioto Valley Productions has taken it to the next level. He’s put his tips to video. Thanks for the tip Mike. Join Mike and upload your tips and ideas to b-roll.net TV and share your knowledge…

YouTube in Surround Sound

From: Chris Stuard, WVEC-TV 13, Norfolk, VA One thing that has always annoyed me is when a producer or intrepid reporter would want me to shoot a video off the computer with sound (especially off the laptop in the field… Can we say YouTube?). After repeatedly being frustrated by micing up the (usually tiny) speaker with the stick or even a lav, I turned to a few items in my…

Save it For a Rainy Day

From: Alex Lucas, WTVF Nashville Load up your rain jacket’s pockets with necessities on a dry day, so you don’t have to fumble with what you need in the rain, and you don’t have to carry a bag. We’ve all been caught in the rain with something giving us trouble, and knew if we’d prepared, we would have been fine. The best way to take care of bad weather is…

Please TIP Your Waitresses and Bartenders

We work in a very unique profession, and often the best ideas are the ones that come from necessity in the field. Photographers can be very “MacGuyver-ish” with gaffer’s tape, a clamp, some bubblegum and a paper clip. Many years ago, we created a Tips and Tricks section of b-roll.net. Posted ideas ranged from shooting a train coming at you via a mirror to finding an inexpensive dimmer at IKEA….