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Seven Lessons: Number 3 - Making Memories

Martin Johnson - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
So how do you shoot video when you're on vacation? It's often said that holidays are about two things: recreation (getting away from a daily work routine) and making memories. A key element of making memories is using digital media to help capture the moment so that over the following weeks and months, you have something visual to prompt those memories. How and what to shoot On our recent trip to Europe, which prompted this series of seven posts, I saw lots of people holding up t .. click to read full post.
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Seven Lessons: Number 2 - Forget your tripod

Martin Johnson - Sunday, November 16, 2014
This is a pretty scary post title, given that like all professional videographers, my cameras are always locked to a tripod. I thought that would be case with my video shooting for this trip also, but I found that in 99 percent of the situations, it wasn't needed. Why no tripod? The Sony RX 100 Mk III camera has some remarkable inbuilt steadying technology. You can read about the technical details on the Sony web site, but in practice it worked remarkably well. In still mode, you can .. click to read full post.
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Seven lessons from playing tourist: Number 1

Martin Johnson - Friday, November 14, 2014
For the past two months, Pro Video Blogger has been traveling around Europe. Over the next two weeks, I'll bring you seven posts with comments and ideas that show you how you can improve your travel videos. Whether you're a professional wanting to bring back some great memories, or you just want to capture those key moments - these seven posts will help you. Each post will be backed by actual examples I've shot in Paris, Rome, Venice and cruising down the Rhine. These videos are my ' .. click to read full post.
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How to write a travel blog: Lesson 2

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Choosing the pictures This is Lesson 2 in this series of posts on how to write a travel blog. With everyone using digital cameras, taking a picture no longer requires you to think about how many shots you have left on the roll of film, etc and so we take ten times as many (if not more) pictures than we once used to. Whilst this is not a bad thing, it does mean that we're far less selective about what we do take. When you come to chose some pictures for your blog, it's easy to g .. click to read full post.
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How to write a travel blog: Lesson 1

Martin Johnson - Sunday, November 09, 2014
This series of posts is slightly off topic, but Pro-Video Blogger has just spent five weeks in Europe and being a writer as well as a videographer and photographer, I set up a travel Blog (http://martinandjanine.blogspot.com.au/). I wasn't sure if anyone would read it, but it's something I enjoyed doing. After we got back mid-October, we had lots of nice comments from people who had followed our journey and said how much they enjoyed reading it. "Not too long and just the right amou .. click to read full post.
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Pro Video Blogger video manual

Martin Johnson - Friday, August 29, 2014
For the past few weeks I have been compiling the first ProVideo Blogger video manual. I've based it on 20 of my posts over the past year covering the basics of pre-production, production (or shooting) and post-production. It's designed to give you the basics in each of these key areas so you can get out and start shooting. I also take a brief look at the various camera rigs available and put forward my recommendations. The manual is currently being designed and it will be ava .. click to read full post.
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Finding music that's good and copyright free

Martin Johnson - Saturday, August 02, 2014
One of the aspects of video making that I find is sometimes the hardest is to find the right music to support the look and feel of the video I've been commissioned to make. As well as you liking it, your client also has to like it - and sometimes these two don't meet. I was recently asked to produce a series of videos for a community organisation and the group that commissioned them wanted to use a music track by 'U2'. Needless to say that didn't come off, but it does take some education .. click to read full post.
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Your video could be better ...

Martin Johnson - Friday, July 18, 2014
If you're a professional video producer, the odds are that at some stage you have either thought this or even said it about a video you've seen online. If you're like me, you've probably gone on to list all the things wrong with it and how you could have done it so much better, if only you'd been asked to shoot it. I saw one recently and even contacted someone I knew who worked for the organisation who published the video, although they worked in a different department. My friend wa .. click to read full post.
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Recording sound in the DSLR world

Martin Johnson - Saturday, June 28, 2014
Moving to shooting video with a DSLR has lots of advantages. Most videographers use them for 'the look' and I have to agree, that's the reason I used my 5D Mk lll more and more. But the one problem all DSLR's have is sound. My Panasonic HMC 150 video camera has two channels of digital sound built in with XLR inputs, mic/line +48V switches all included. My DSLR has none of these. The solution is to use a digital audio recorder in conjunction with the DSLR to get the quality sound .. click to read full post.
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10 things I want my clients to know

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I've been on half-a-dozen shoots over the past six years where I wished my client realised that the success of the shoot depends on both of us. Whilst I'm contracted to provide the skills of an experienced videographer, I have to rely on them to organise what we're shooting. It's easy to agree in a pre-production meeting, for example, that we'll interview three of their key staff on the production floor, but I want my client to understand that they need to make this happen. Whilst I .. click to read full post.
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