I’ve been editing and reworking footage from recent Palo Alto Networks company events, but this is the first big event where I’m at the helm of the video production machine. Here’s my public-facing highlight reel:
I’ve got a sneaky backdrop trick that I’ve used for the past few years in my photo and video shoots, and it costs less than $10. All you need is at least one background light and a plastic shower curtain.
Here’s how I used it last night on some hasty family holiday portraits. If I had more time I would have stretched out the curtain over a few nights, but this was very ‘spur of the moment’.
I’ve been shooting broadcast spots with my Canon 5D Mark II since the whole DSLR revolution began, and realized very quickly that if I wanted to differentiate my footage from everyone that has access to a DSLR that I would need to shoot with better – and more importantly, different – lenses.
I used a Lensbaby Composer – which is a hobby lens that allows the photographer to bend and shift the focus of the image. It’s become a hit with pro photographers, prompting the company to expand their professional offerings. This type of look has really caught on in Hollywood productions, where they employ a cinema version on their high end cameras. Once you see what the footage looks like, you’ll be able to spot it nearly everywhere.
I love YouTube, especially when I want to learn some new tips and tricks for videography. I stumbled across this awesome tutorial (below) on how to make a DIY ringlight for under $60 and had to give it a try.
And here’s my own version in action on some interviews with Charles Divins:
It was difficult getting the exact bulb mounts at the big box DIY stores in my area, and I would have loved to outfit this sucker with LED lights, but at that point it’s cheaper to just buy a new ringlight. This think gets crazy hot during closeup shots, but does the trick!