tips & tricks

How Fat is your Wallet?

From: Joshua Rayner I find that, when I need to do a low ground shot, my wallet comes in handy. I have a tri-fold wallet that I can use one fold, two folds or the whole thickness to prop the front of the camera up to get the right angle. Just don’t forget to take it with you when you’re done.

Document THIS!

From: John Pellizzari Just started at a new station and we cover a lot of crime. Ergo we need to shoot a lot of court documents and photos. Here are some ideas to help spice-up normally boring video. I know this posting is long, but I hope you get some ideas from it. With tight deadlines and working in the field there isn’t always time to have production make a…

Rubber Band Man

From: Mike Pellegatti, WildVisions, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, 623-516-1975 Another tip for smoother pans when zoomed in or with long lens is to use a rubber band on the tripod handle. Place the rubber band on the end of the handle and hold the other end with your fingers. The rubber band will allow smooth starts and stops and provide tension while dampening. Different thicknesses of rubber bands will provide stiffer…

Feels Like a Heat Wave

From: Mike Pellegatti, WildVisions, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, 623-516-1975 Here’s another tip for creating heat waves. Shoot over the hood of a vehicle after its been run and the heat from the engine will give you great heat waves for the shot. BTW, heat waves can be in any temperature. From minus 30 to plus 120. Heat waves are caused from a difference in the ground temp and the air temp…

Stay Focused

From: Nigel "Nige" Fox This one was taught to me many years ago by an old film news cameraman who had moved across to video. You focus at your subject who may be at the long end of the lens… then move your camera to an item in the foreground. You focus on the item in the foreground using the Macro. As you pan / tilt up / make your…

I Said, “Stay Still!”

From: Peter Drought aka Widescreen A couple of things…. If you are shooting photos for a story and you want to do a slow zoom it can often be hard as any movement you create in the pan handle is generated through the lens. Try removing your remote zoom from your pan handle(if you use one) and then control your zoom. No movement will generate down the lens giving you…

How to Hear the Horses During Water Polo

from: Stephen Press I was sent to shoot a story on underwater hockey. If I had been given notice I could have gotten an underwater housing but as this is news and they’ve only known about it for two days before* so the pool had a maintenance tunnel around it and by removing a light I could shoot into the pool as if I was underwater, but how to get…