If you're just getting into video, you're likely discovering it's an entirely new world full of its own rules and good practices. This helpful video will get you off on the right foot with five mistakes to avoid when working as a filmmaker.
Coming to you from Aputure, this great video details five things to be aware of when you're first getting into filmmaking. Though there's a lot of similarity to still photography, video work has its own challenges and quirks that you should be aware of. My favorite tip was exploring other apertures beyond the widest your lens offers. Though we're often used to defaulting to a wide aperture for its ease in isolating a subject, there's of course more to life than f/1.4, and the benefits of working at a narrower aperture are definitely worth considering. The most obvious benefit is increased sharpness as you stop down closer to the lens' optimal aperture, but in addition, I personally think there's a lot more storytelling potential. With more depth of field, you can include more recognizable features in the frame, and this allows you to create more meaningful interactions or symbolism. Give the video above a watch for more.