Video Tripod - Yoke

While much of what we see on YouTube is shot handheld, except for “shaky-cam” effects in movies and TV, most video shots are done from a tripod. If you’ve recently seen a film in the cinema or even on somewhere like Netflix, the chances are that a tripod was used in the making of it. A good video tripod has some very specific functionality that is not found in tripods for still work. And, like a great stills tripod, a great video tripod will last for years and years. When […]

Macro Photography - Flower

The most common question asked about gear is “what lens should I get next?” My answer is consistently, “what can your existing lens or lenses not do?” Answers vary. People want many things and are very reasonably cautious about investments. A caveat: I am a supporter of spending your hard-earned money on glass over camera bodies. Good lenses stand the test of time, camera bodies get revised regularly and while there are the occasional updates that are major leaps, the realities are that today’s cameras are all pretty darn awesome […]

The Importance of Good Audio No matter what kind of multimedia project you are doing, if there is audio, it has to sound great or the entire project suffers.  Fortunately, the routes you can take are pretty consistent whether you are shooting a video, recording a VLOG, or preparing a multimedia presentation. Recording the Audio Audio recording is very simple and has a very basic path.  You start with the capture device, feed that input to a preamplifier and from there to your recording device.  At the simplest level, a […]

A good way to annoy your family on a family vacation is take along a lot of photo gear. If everyone in the family is not a photographer, you’re going to be “unpopular”. Vacations mean carrying a lot of stuff around with you to begin with, and going to places that may be a bit camera hostile – beaches, oceans, lakes, mountains, hiking trails, boats, amusement parks, etc. You get the picture. Although, it is easier when you have an RV to help store everything along the way. If you […]

A Semi-Captive Audience For many folks, their pets are family members and for some folks, the only family nearby.  Consequently, we like to make images of our pets, and the Internet volume certainly supports this. The First Word in Pet Photography Is patience.  Animals are highly attuned to stress and tension.  If you are all wired up, so will be your pet.  This almost never works out well.  Be cool, move smoothly and accept that sometimes, it’s just not going to work out. Start with Some Key Gear In order […]

Flower photography with one continuous light source and a white background

When the weather changes, the flowers start to bloom and photographers become inspired to make images of the beautiful colours and shapes that announce an end to winter. Sadly, many photos of flowers are lacking something. Flowers are challenging to shoot well, because they are naturally beautiful and to make the image special, we need to do more. Managing the light, and the angle are methods to make better flower images, amongst other practices. Let’s practice today so we are ready for the real thing. Repetition is the Mother of […]

What Are We Trying to Achieve? The job of any good photograph is to tell a story.  Sometimes the subject of our story is in motion and we want the photograph to convey that.  Sometimes we want to impart the sense of motion to a static object.  Sometimes we want to draw attention to motion.  There are many techniques to depicting motion and those are the tips that we will cover in this article Showing Movement in a Moving Subject Against a Static Background The most common case for this […]