Vertical photos can be a pain to use in videos.
You end up with empty black bars on either side of the photo. Not great.
But the good news is that there’s a solution!
Several solutions actually.
I just added a new video to the member library that demonstrates four different ways you can use a vertical photo in a video.
And the last one is my favorite. :)
This video is for members only. If you’re not already a member, click here to learn about a membership.
I hope you find it helpful!
June 17, 2014
When I was in elementary school, I took piano lessons. I never got very good (and eventually quit playing in 6th grade), but I learned lessons from that experience that I still use today — even for shooting video.
Every day when I sat down to practice the piano, before I started practicing any actual songs, I began by doing “finger exercises”. This meant playing different scales in different ways. It helped loosen up my fingers and also strengthen them.
It was repetitious and boring, especially for a young child.
But of course – now as an adult – I see the benefit of doing those boring exercises. They helped me learn to move my fingers in a way that they might move when I played songs.
There’s a lot of value in practicing fundamentals. We hear it all the time with sports metaphors, but what about with art?
“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.”
- Ludwig van Beethoven
That’s taking “practice” to a whole new level!
Well, when it comes to video, there are endless things to practice, but we have to start somewhere, so…
I’m going to suggest different exercises to practice with your video camera aside from an “actual” shoot, similar to how you might practice scales on a piano aside from playing an “actual” song. (more…)
June 13, 2014
You don’t always need more equipment to capture better video.
For example, this video shows several clips where I used just a video camera and a slider.
A very basic setup… No light controls, no heavy stands and sandbags.
Not even a tripod for this one.
Sometimes you can take a simple approach to shooting video and end up with good results.
Edit: Because several people have asked, here’s the slider I use.
June 9, 2014
Yesterday I hosted a webinar called “Getting Started with Video” for people who are new(ish) to video.
The webinar is about an hour long and I cover topics such as:
- Equipment you need to get started with video
- Shooting techniques to help ensure you get great shots
- Example scenarios for shooting different situations
The webinar was for members only, and now the recording of the webinar is in the member’s library.
If you’re not yet a member, click here to learn more about a membership.
May 30, 2014
If you’re new(ish) to Motion or “Behaviors” in Motion, I think you’ll find this new video particularly helpful.
This tutorial demonstrates how you can create an animated photo montage with the Ken Burns Effect, using only behaviors in Motion 5.
- How to use some of the most popular and most useful behaviors in Motion 5.
- How to save customized behaviors to speed things up
- Super-useful keyboard shortcuts that I personally use all the time
Of course, it also has several time-saving tips along the way.
This video is available to members only. If you’re not a member yet, click here to learn about a membership.
I hope you find the video helpful!
May 27, 2014