If you are just starting out in video production, you don’t need to go crazy and spend a lot of money on video lighting. There are several free and low-cost options available.

Natural and Existing Lighting (free options)

You really don’t need to invest in any lighting to get started in video. Mother Nature provides a wonderful light source if you know how to make use of it.  Here are a few ways to utilize the sun and existing lighting.

  • Outdoors on overcast days. A slightly overcast day is one of the best sources of natural light. It’s natures giant softbox giving you a nice even lighting.
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When learning to shoot video with a DSLR camera, the first thing I discovered is that I had to learn several things simultaneously. In order to experiment with camera settings, I needed to at least have a decent foundation of good lighting and white balance. In order to experiment around with different types of sound recordings, I needed to know a little bit about the camera settings.

Basically, while experimenting with the various camera settings, lighting conditions and sound recording systems, I had to set up and record a series of short videos and stills. But rather that discuss all of these at the same time, I will be breaking up camera settings, video lighting, and sound recording into at least three separate posts.… More

I’m going to spend a month learning video production. I’m not talking about making movies or music videos. I have no aspirations to be the next Steven Spielberg or George Lucas. Although I do enjoy making short music videos. I’ll put links to a couple of my videos at the bottom just for fun.

What I want to learn is how to produce and edit short, good quality instructional videos. This is an area of video production that will be most helpful to my brand and business. And with the popularity of social media sites like YouTube and Facebook, it’s a topic a lot of people are interested in.… More

Ian Plant's Costa Rica book coverJust a short post to let everyone know about a fantastic opportunity to get your hands on a beautiful picture book for free.

Nature photographer Ian Plant just returned from a scouting trip to Costa Rica. It was so successful, that he released a new 40-page free picture book showcasing the monkeys, parrots, and all the other forest wildlife he saw there. He is now offering a workshop there as well!

If you follow Digital Photography Mastery, you know that I’m a huge fan of Ian’s. I’ve had a look through his Costa Rica book, and the photos are just gorgeous.… More

leopard cubWhat makes animal or any wildlife photography special? What makes someone want to linger over an image? Emotion or feelings provoked by the image are often responsible. Memories also induce our minds to wonder, while good composition leads the way.

Let’s review six key elements that I believe add to this magic: eyes, patterns, reflections, action, environment and/or the young.… More

Tis the holiday season again. Lot’s of parties to go to. Lot’s of family and friends to visit with and talk to. Lot’s of great food to eat. As the officially, or unofficially, appointed photographer, it has fallen upon you to document the event for the historical archives. Since you are the one family member that always has a camera in their hands, you are the chosen one everyone will expect to make photos. But that’s okay. If you are like me, photography is a labor of love. It’s a part of you that happens as naturally as breathing. Personally, I enjoy making the photos more than I do the party or event itself.… More

Canon Selphy CP720 Compact Photo Printer
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This is a guest post written by Joseph Eitan, Managing Director of Photo Paper Direct. Joseph has been working in the professional printing industry for over 25 years helping amateur and professional photographers alike. I think you will find his information on digital photo paper very useful. After reading his post, please be sure to check out his blog for more of his posts. And, if you’re also interested in writing a guest post here on Digital Photography Mastery, please contact me, thanks! –Wes

 

Digital photo paper is designed to utilize the power and accuracy of your printer to reproduce a hard copy print that closely resembles the photographed object.… More