tips & tricks

Get the Scoop!

From: Photoglisa@aol.com Someone posted a tip on how to scrim down your camera mounted light with used dryer sheets…here’s a trick if you’re out in the field and don’t happen to handily have one static-clinged to your fleece vest. Sometimes I find myself in a poorly lit area getting quick bites with a bunch of different people. The ultralight is sometimes too much…the subject gets blinded, and the background becomes…

Look, No Static Cling!

From: Bob Murdock – WFXT – Boston Frezzi light too hot on your “heads”?? Scrim it down a bit. Pull the dicro ring off place some scrim over the lamp and replace the dicro to hold it there. I use old dryer fabric softener sheets! Make sure they’ve gone through at least 2 drying cycles so that all the chemical and perfume is gone. They work great and are just…

Pane in the Glass

From: Rick Portier photog WBRZ-TV I had to shoot a story in a strip club last year. (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it) Got all the usual “pushing the limit” shots. But when it came to getting bites, no one wanted to have their face smeared across the screen. Instead of the usual “shoot the hands or back lit subjects” I actualluy smeared their faces. I found…

TIP | Light Up My Life

From: Posts on the b-roll.net FORUM I’m still kind of new to the photojournalist world. Recently I’ve hit a great zone. Shooting good stuff, using my tripod (a lot) and making good use of my wireless mic. But I have had a few problems with interview lighting, the interviewees wearing glasses. I get the light shining off the lens of their glasses. It is a distraction, I think. I use…

Don’t Distract Me

From: Ric Edwards, Classroom Technology Specialist This is a tip that veteran shooters will have learned long ago, but I hope it will help the newer photogs. I taught video production for several years and was always amazed at how many of my aspiring news photographers would come back with interview footage that had all kinds of distracting elements in the background. One of the worst examples I can remember…

TIP | Lightning and Thunder from Down Under

From: Peter Kavanagh Nine News Perth, Western Australia When Shooting lightning, use a 5600K balance. Most cammos would use filter one on preset (3200K) or a similar saved balance. I now shoot lightning on filter one with an over 5600K balance and it looks much better. Also, try kicking in some shutter speed. I usually just use a 60th so I can still pick up some ambient light but it…

Who Dat?

From: JD DWORKIN photogrpaher/editor NEWS 12 CT So, you are sent out to shout an anonymous interview. Your choices are some what limited to do so. You can shoot the reporter on a reversal, you can back light the subject into a shadow, you can shoot hands and feet, the lovable black dot or mosiac can be used, or even a reflection of his or her shadow on the ground….