Keep the Brightest Light Behind You! 12 Tips for Suckless Video: #6

Here’s why you should always keep the brightest light behind you when shooting video: Modern video cameras, from cell phones to HD, adjust automatically for light. If the light’s too bright, they close down the lens to let less in.   …(Read the rest)

Stop Moving the Camera! 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking! (#5)

“Stop Moving the Camera!” is number five in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. One of the fastest ways to make your video suck less:  Stop moving the camara. Pros get to move the camera. You will …(Read the rest)

Breaking Video Rules and Winning in Grand Rapids

Breaking video rules can be glorious. But to break the rules and win you have to a)  know the rules and b) break them with enormous style and commitment. I often talk about “Thinking in Shots” as a critical video skill. A …(Read the rest)

Zoom with Your Feet: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking! (#4)

“Zoom with Your Feet” is number four in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. It’s an education to watch professional news videographers in action. They put their camera on their shoulders, march through the crowd right …(Read the rest)

Don’t Shoot Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes: 12 Video Tips #3

This is the third in a series of 12  video tips that will improve your video instantly.  See the rest here. In the movies, on the big screen, we’re impressed by giant vistas. The stunning old West, where cacti and cowboys …(Read the rest)

12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking– Instantly! #2: Shoot Short Shots

This is the second in a series of the 12 most useful video tips that I know. Going through old family photos you find one of an old birthday party that a hits you hard and fast.  BANG– you’re in the …(Read the rest)

12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking– Instantly! #1: Think in Shots

This is the first in a series of the 12 most useful video tips that I know. Notice I didn’t say “most important”– that’s up to you to decide.  But if you try these tips, your video will get way better, …(Read the rest)