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Mike Wilkinson

Staff Writer http://vimeo.com/mikewilkinson +Mike Wilkinson@WilkinsonVisual
My name is Mike. I like to shoot and cut videos, teach others how to do the same, and I even do some photography on the side. Any time I can combine my love of outdoor adventures with digital storytelling, I'm all about it.

Tips For Setting Up Your Home Office Without Breaking The Bank

So I just landed in Colorado, and while working from my laptop on a TV tray worked in a pinch, getting a home office set up quickly and cheaply has been a top priority of mine. I’ve come up with some tips that have helped me now and in the past when it comes to making a functional workspace at home. [more]

Behind The Scenes With Sven Martin, Shooting Pro Biking Events

You can plan, get ideas, and come in to the shoot ready, but often everything changes on the day of the actual event. Being able to adapt and think quickly are the keys to shooting a fast moving sporting event. In this behind the scenes video, several photographers who worked the Crankworx MTB event share their thoughts about shooting successfully. Sven Martin starts things off with his backstory on how he came to do this kind of work. [more]

A Cheap LitePanels Alternative? A Review Of The Zabolight LED Light Kit

An LED light kit for video is something I’ve always wanted to own. After years of using hot ARRI and Lowel lights, and renting LitePanels when the budget allowed, I discovered a company called Zabolight that was making LED panels and other fixtures at a much cheaper price. I purchased a kit of these, and did some testing to see how they compared to other more expensive brands. [more]

Aliens, Special FX, And Storytelling Combined In Red Giant’s Latest Project

The team at Red Giant Films, working with special effects guru Stu Maschwitz, have yet again released another compelling short video. Unlike other shorts such as Spy vs. Guy and Plot Device, this is actually a pitch trailer for a film based on a video game that they hope to create. Check the full post for the behind the scenes video too! [more]

Why I Quit My Job To Do What I Love, And Why You Should Too

I just quit my full time job of six years as a video producer at a local college. A decent salary, good benefits, and the security that came with it… all gone. I’m now focusing on my dream project called Ascending India (our film trailer is what’s featured) and I might go broke trying to make it. Read on and I’ll tell you why I couldn’t be more excited, and why you might want to consider trying to make your dream project happen too. [more]

Tips For Making A Better Video Demo Reel Which Can Get You New Clients (Part 2)

How can you take HOURS of footage from completely different projects, and edit together a montage that’s only a few minutes? Here is the second part of the Making A Better Demo Reel article where I’ll share a few techniques on reducing the number of clips you have, selecting music, and more. [more]

Understanding Subject Matter For Better Photos – Behind The Scenes With Scott Markewitz

“In order to shoot something well, you have to understand it.” Long time pro photographer Scott Markewitz has had his work published on hundreds of magazine covers, and it’s not hard to see why. This behind the scenes video takes a closer look to show what it’s like when Scott is out on a few shoots, and then how he manages to balance his work life with his home life. [more]

‘The Muir Project’ Documentary: Exclusive Interview And Clips From The Film

The documentary “MILE… MILE & A HALF” has been featured before, with it’s dazzling visuals and informative insight into creating art while on a long backpacking trip. This film took 2 years to produce, and it’s finally complete! The creators have shared a clip just for the Fstoppers audience, and they have also answered some questions on the production of their film. [more]

Tips For Making A Better Video Demo Reel Which Can Get You New Clients (Part 1)

If you’ve ever struggled to put together a video demo reel, or you’re planning to make one in the future, this post is for you. Below, I’ll share some tips that will help you be more efficient in your process to prepare for editing hours of your footage down to a montage of a couple of minutes. [more]

10 Tips On How To NOT Get Hired Again As A Production Assistant

Everyone has to start somewhere, and for people seeking entry into the world of video production, or even studio photography, doing work as a production assistant is a great way to get your feet wet. I’ve hired lots of assistants, and before that I worked as one myself. I still do for some producers! Here are my tips on what to NOT do if you’d like to keep getting hired and make your way up the chain. [more]

Behind The Scenes With Daniel Rönnbäck, Focusing On The Photographer-Subject Relationship

In the latest behind the scenes video from F-Stop Gear’s Life In Focus series, the importance of the relationship between the photographer and subject is explored. Shooter Daniel Rönnbäck is on assignment to capture athlete Martin Soderstrom, and in this video they both share thoughts on working together successfully. [more]

Sale! Calumet Offering $200 off $1,000 Purchase, Today Only

Calumet Photographic is offering $200 off of a purchase of $1,000 or more on any in-stock items. Canon, Nikon, Sony, and some other brands are unfortunately excluded, but there are plenty of other items available if you’re looking for something other than a lens or camera body. Tripods, camera bags, lights, and even Sigma lenses are included in this deal. Some good examples of deals include [more]

This Camera Phone Ad Is Hilarious, But Sadly Not Too Far From Reality

If you have been to any sort of performance in the last few years, I think you’ll recognize some of the people in this commercial. Crowds who take pictures with their smart phones, holding them up to reveal a sea of illuminated rectangles, often distracting an artist or blocking the views of others. This commercial takes this issue to an unreal level, but it’s actually not that far off. [more]

A Simple Trick To Shoot Better Sunsets That Almost Anyone Can Do

While on a kayaking trip in the Great Lakes, I stopped just after sunset to shoot some images on the beach. The sky was still bright and very saturated, while the sandy ground was losing light and getting dark in my exposures. My kit was small, and I had no graduated ND filter, but I came up with something that worked well in a pinch. [more]

Which 50mm Lens Should You Buy? Kai From DigitalRev Compares Models

The always entertaining Kai from DigitalRev TV takes to the streets, armed with 3 different models of Canon 50mm lenses: The 1.8, 1.4, and 1.2L. Using phrases like “sphincter twitching” and “buying meth”, he colorfully illustrates his points about choosing the right lens based on your budget and compares the look and feel of each model. [more]

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