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Shooting in the developing world Part 2

Martin Johnson - Thursday, September 26, 2013
In my last post (www.pro-videoblogger.com.au/pro-videoblogger/shooting-on-location) on this subject I talked about how to travel light with your gear and listed the key items I always pack. But how do you know what to shoot? When you travel, there are so many things you see that are new and different, but you can't shoot them all. Here are five things that will help you work out what to shoot. 1. Tell the story Decide on what story you want to tell. In the video example at the  .. click to read full post.
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Five Tips for Getting Big results from Little Cameras

Martin Johnson - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
(This a post from http://www.videomaker.com/videonews/2013/09/five-tips-for-getting-big-results-from-little-cameras) There’s more to making great video than owning the latest and greatest equipment. Don’t let your lack of resources stop you. You can produce amazing video with a simple point and shoot camera. Don’t believe me? Here are five tips to help you shoot high quality video with a point-and-shoot camera. 1. The Brighter the Better One of the  .. click to read full post.
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Chuck Peters commented on 26-Sep-2013 10:32 AM
Hi Martin, You commented on my article on Videomaker's website. You can find me on Facebook at chuckpeters.tv -- I'll also invite you to check it out and like my page. I use it as a place to share production tips, tricks and ideas. -- You will find links to articles on my blog there as well. The direct blog address is chuckpeterstv.blogspot.com. -- Thanks for your comment on my article. ~chuck

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Seeing images in your head

Martin Johnson - Friday, September 20, 2013
After being behind a camera for over 15 years and directing and producing for another 15, one of the things I have learned to do is to visualise how I'll shoot or direct a video, often before I've even seen the location. Whilst a good pre-production routine is to always visit the location before shooting, in the world of corporate video, that's not always possible. So here's my thought processes. Seeing images in your head Being able to visualise how a scene or even the finished .. click to read full post.
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Canon 5D Mk III review

Martin Johnson - Monday, September 16, 2013
Three months ago I took the plunge and bought a Canon 5D MkIII with a 24-70mm 2.8 lense. This is a great still camera but I bought it to shoot video as part of my video production business (/index.htm). (Tax concessions helped me make the decision) My main camera has been a Panasonic HMC150 which is a traditional video camera. I have used that for the past five years to shoot projects from nationally broadcast TV programs through to DVDs and videos for web sites. It records to an S .. click to read full post.
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Let's get serious about web video

Martin Johnson - Thursday, September 12, 2013
Its time to get serious about web video. As a video producer and a blogger, I visit hundreds of web sites every week and watch almost the same number of web videos. As a TV and video producer of more than 30 years experience, I still see the same mistakes over and over again on web videos. The frustrating thing is that the mistakes I see are relatively easy to avoid! Poor video says you don't care A poorly produced video on your web site is worse than no video at all. A dod .. click to read full post.
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Shooting in the developing world

Martin Johnson - Monday, September 09, 2013
Shooting on location in developing countries is always a challenge for the videographer. You need to travel light and be able to adapt quickly to different environments and locations. Over the last 8 years I have made numerous trips to film aid projects in Asia and Africa in seven countries. Given that video is more and more being used to show how aid projects benefit a developing country, I thought this post would look at what I have learned. Equipment Take only what you need. T .. click to read full post.
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Free lessons every night on the news

Martin Johnson - Thursday, September 05, 2013
One of the key skills a videographer needs is to know how to shoot an interview plus B roll or cutaway footage to tell a story. And there's a way to get free lessons very night in your living room. TV News and Current Affairs programs are based around the interview. Almost every news story contains the same basic ingredients: An interview; B roll* or cutaway footage and; The standup (with the interviewer talking directly to camera) While most people watch the news to find ou .. click to read full post.
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Using two or more cameras at the same time

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Last week I shot a kick boxing fight for one of my clients. I had been following him around for a few weeks as he trained for what was going to be a tough fight. I used four cameras with two operators and you can see the final result in the video below. I thought it might be helpful to set out some of the basics of using two or more cameras. Camera placement It's important to think through where you'll place your cameras. This depends on the type of event. The great thing about cover .. click to read full post.
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