Recent Videography Articles

Zhiyun Crane 2S Gimbal Hands-on Review

On August 20, Zhiyun announced the updated Crane 2S which builds on the popular Crane 2 that launched in 2017. Here’s a hands-on review to see whether you should pay up or pass.

Vimeo Profile Pages Get a Makeover

Vimeo has redesigned their users’ profiles pages to show more information, better showcase their work, and more easily make changes.

You Might Not Need a Gimbal With the a7S III

Back in April, filmmaker Mark Bone released a video singing the praises of Catalyst Browse, free software from Sony that took the gyro data from the FX9 and processed handheld footage to make it look as though it was shot on a gimbal. It turns out that the Sony a7S III does exactly the same, and it’s far better than warp stabilization.

Filming and Editing a Cinematic Wildlife Video

In this article I will be giving some insight behind the creation of my latest video, “Green Heron: A Cinematic Portrait,” which includes dealing with gear limitations, working with music and sound effects, and forming wildlife footage into a story.

Does the Sony a7S III Have Dual Gain ISO?

The recently released and long-awaited Sony a7S III marks a significant step forward in terms of camera technology, bringing some remarkable dynamic range and 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording. As the camera falls into the hands of more reviewers, a question remains: does it have dual gain ISO?

Sennheiser Releases MKE 200 Ultracompact Mic for $100

Today, Sennheiser released a new lightweight and ultracompact microphone for cameras and phones. The MKE 200 is aimed at creators who aren’t carrying around bags of gear, but still want higher quality audio that built-in microphones can’t match.

Could You Shoot a Video at f/0.95?

Shooting video takes great focus skills already, so shooting it at an extreme aperture is all the more challenging. This neat video follows a filmmaker as he shoots a video at a crazy wide aperture (f/0.95).

How to Feel Fulfilled by Your Work: Shoot for Yourself First

Around four months ago, amidst a harsh lockdown here in South Africa, I moved from the big city to a small coastal town, Betty's Bay, nestled between the Overberg mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. There was no work coming in, and there was no budget to rent additional gear for any shoots. It was worrying, but on the upside, I had to do something to occupy my mind and pass the time, and luckily, I had my camera to shoot while I wait. What followed was two months of intense filming and editing for my first narrative short film.

Would You Choose the Sony a7S III Over the Canon EOS R5?

Gene Nagata a.k.a. Potato Jet was pretty excited when the Canon EOS R5 was announced but the dramas surrounding recording limits caused by overheating have become a significant factor. Nagata, along with fellow YouTuber Armando Ferreira, has spent some time testing it alongside the new a7S III from Sony and put the two cameras through their paces before coming to a decision as to which one he wants to add to his arsenal.

Can You Make Decent Money Editing Photos or Videos on Fiverr?

To save you some time, you probably won't make decent money editing photos on Fiverr; however, if you have some experience editing videos, then you could start bringing in some extra cash every month. This video shows you exactly how it's done.

How to Make Your Own Low-Budget YouTube Studio

If you have ever said to yourself that making a YouTube video looks easy, you aren't wrong. If you want it to look good, though, there are some steps you should take to ensure your video is up to par and pleasing to the viewer.

Sony a7S III Versus Canon R5: Which Camera Footage Looks Better?

Videographers should be feeling pretty spoiled at the moment with the camera announcements we've had in the last few months. Two of the most exciting will split the population, but in a side-by-side comparison, which looks better to you?

Esteemed Filmmaker Gives a Comprehensive Review of the a7S III

The camera many videographers were waiting for has landed in the hands of many reviewers, but not all of them are veteran filmmakers who will look to use it in a production capacity. Here's what Philip Bloom has to say about it.

A Hands-on Review of the Sony a7S III

After years of waiting, the Sony a7S III has just been announced. Building on the success of previous models, the new camera provides something special for filmmakers around the world.

A Real-World Look at Overheating Issues With the New Canon Mirrorless Cameras

The new Canon EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras have been making waves for their highly impressive feature sets, but one thing that has some worried is their potential for overheating when shooting video. If you have been wondering about that yourself, this great video takes a look at real-world usage and what you should expect from them.

The Bad and the Beautiful: Where Does Helmut Newton Fit Into Our New World?

Over the last few years, we've increasingly and very publicly questioned our behaviors, our politics, our history, our heroes, our statues, and our art. It's only reasonable that we question our photography idols. Where do Helmut Newton's hyper-erotic photography and his ruminations on power fit into our new world?

5 Cinematography Styles That Every Film Uses

The look of a film or feature can make or break even the best storyline or acting. For that reason, and many others, a lot of thought goes into the style of a film. Here are five that every film draws from.

Why Should You Avoid the Canon EOS R5?

Despite being a 45 MP stills and 8K raw video monster, is there a reason why you shouldn't buy the new Canon EOS R5 mirrorless when compared to the rest of Canon's mirrorless lineup?

Would You Rather Have a House? Or a RED Camera?

When it comes to making investments, there are lots of routes you can go. In this case, the choice is between either a house, a low-risk investment for stability, or a RED Camera, a high-risk investment in yourself and your career. Which would you choose?

What Should We Expect from the Sony a7S III?

According to speculation, we are weeks away from seeing the announcement of the hotly-anticipated a7S III, Sony’s video-centric full frame mirrorless ILC. What features should Sony fans expect, and what will the Japanese giant deliver?

Want to Level up Your Lighting? Try Reverse Key Lighting

As filmmakers, we have a vast array of tools in our kit, and it's always good to expand it and try new and innovative setups. Learn to take your lighting to the next level by using reverse key lighting on your next shoot.

3 Ways to Save Over $1,000 on Your Next Video Production

For videographers, being able to keep to a budget can make or break your project or business. All too often, though, saving money means cutting corners and sacrificing quality. Want to know a way to reduce your costs and still create a well-crafted product?

5 Reasons to Avoid the Canon EOS R6

Pegged to be the mirrorless equivalent of the 6D Mark II, the EOS R6 could fall at the first hurdle when it comes to stills resolution and extra features that is simply lacks.

7 Reasons to Buy the Canon EOS R6

The new EOS R6 is the more affordable little sister to the bigger, more expensive EOS R5, and though it lacks a few of its sibling’s features, it more than packs a punch.

7 Reasons to Buy the Canon EOS R5

The new flagship Canon mirrorless camera, the EOS R5, is here with 45MP stills and 8K movie recording. Is this the perfect camera for hybrid shooters that need high-quality photos and videos in one device?

Autofocus in the Fuji X-T4 is Still Unreliable

Fujifilm is probably one of my favorite companies right now. They produce some of the best products within their respective formats. For APS-C the X-T series of cameras are probably the best. For medium format, the GFX 100 is the best in several key categories. Unfortunately, the problem I and many other Fuji shooters face, is the unreliable autofocus.

How to Shoot Super Steady Handheld Footage

If you don’t have access to lots of fancy gear or just enjoy run-and-gun filming that’s super lightweight, getting stable footage can be a challenge. Fortunately, the duo at Mango Street has put together an excellent video to give you some tips on how to sure up your handheld shooting.