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Know Your Camera- Part 2: Gain/ISO-Aperture-Exposure

Gain, aperture and exposure are the three elements that together determine how bright or dark your picture will be. In addition to brightness, these three elements affect image quality, depth of field, and smoothness. Once you’ve recorded your video, you can make minor adjustments in post, but getting it right the first time produces the best results. In general there are some basic rules to follow.

  • Gain should be kept low
  • Aperture should be set to achieve the desired focus range
  • Exposure should be kept at around 1/50 of a second
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Know Your Camera
Part 1: Auto and Manual Settings

Shooting video is easy, just point and shoot, right? But cameras are jam packed with features that are there for one reason, making your pictures and videos better. There’s nothing wrong with auto mode, in fact in a lot of situations it works. But hidden deep inside most cameras are manual settings that can help take your videos to the next level. This 5 part series Manual Settings will go over the basics, but first:

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Cutting on the Action with Animated GIFs!

JO —  September 27, 2013

Previously I talked about how framing affects the way multiple shots are put together into an intelligible sequence. In other words in such a way that the viewer is almost not conscious of the cuts and can focus on the message of the video. Cutting on action is another technique to edit shots together is such a way that the viewer is not jarred or disoriented by the cuts. This can be useful in almost all types of video.

  • In event videography cutting on the action is a way to make your videos stand out from the crowd.
  • In independent film and short film your success may depend on how well you are able to “seamlessly” edit together a series of shots.
  • Even in a simple vlog cutting on the action can help make your videos better.

The process is simple, when making a cut from one clip to the next use the natural motion of your subject as a cue. Even if you’re not shooting the same scene over and over again from various angles, the process can still be used. There are a few things to be mindful of when shooting the video and when sitting down to edit it.