Our Recommended Video Gear Cameras, lenses & mics, oh my!

 

Good news! If you’ve been wracking your brain over what gear to use for making awesome videos, we’ve got you covered. We just published a whole page with all of our Recommended Video Gear right here, and it has everything from cameras, lenses, audio equipment, stabilization equipment, accessories, and more. It will spare you countless hours of research, and save you money with some helpful tips on what you do and don’t actually need!

Most of the gear on the page is the actual equipment we use ourselves, so it’s been thoroughly researched and tested. Good show. So go check it out, and enjoy!

If you’re interested in learning more about making videos with this snazzy gear, we have a whole tutorial on that coming out next month! Sign up for our newsletter list here to be notified as soon as it is released! Yay!

(P.S. Looking for our recommended photography gear? We’ve got a whole page of that too, right here!)

Teaser: New Tutorial Coming Next Month! Learn how to shoot video.

BIG NEWS: Next month we’ll be releasing a brand new tutorial on how to shoot video!

(Click here to sign up to our newsletter list and we’ll email you as soon as we launch it!)

We’ve been working on this tutorial for months and we’re so excited for you to see it!

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Peak Design Everyday Messenger: 13″ vs. 15″ A comparison of the two sizes of the crazy popular bag

Ever since the Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag came out, it’s been our go-to choice when we have to pack up the cameras for the day. (Check out our full review of the original bag here.)

With features like a quick-adjust strap, a top access zipper, and a snazzy one-handed magnetic opening system, it’s a blast to use (and looks spiffy too).

My biggest complaint, however, was that it was just too big for me. The original bag was made to hold a 15″ laptop and all of your DSLR gear. As a 5’6″ gal, it was pretty giant on my frame, and so I just admired it longingly while Rob toted it around. Darn him and his giantness.

So when the team at Peak Design announced that they were making a smaller version? Yep, sign me up.

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How to Tell When You’ve Done Too Much Editing Avoid these big editing mistakes with your photos!


Please note: This is too much editing.

Oh do I have a love/hate relationship with editing. On the one hand, it can bring the best out of your images, and help you get that “WOW!” reaction.

But on the other hand, do too much editing, and that reaction can quickly turn to “Um, gross”. Or maybe that’s just my reaction. But too much editing, or poor editing, can do more harm to your photos than if you just left them alone.

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11 Tips to Improve Your Photography TODAY! How to get better photos with any camera.

Want to take better photos, like, NOW? And how about doing that without having to dig into technical settings? Even better, what if you could do all that, without needing any new gear – using whatever camera you currently own (even a smartphone?). Cool beans, right?

Today I’m going to give you 11 super-practical tips to make that happen. These are the suggestions that I’d give to someone who just picked up a camera and wants some rocking shots. BUT DON’T RUN OFF! Even if you’re more experienced with photography, these are ideas that are easy to forget, and we could all use the reminder every now and then! Let’s go!

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3 Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode Why you need to take control over aperture, shutter speed, and ISO

You have probably heard, over and over, that you should be shooting your camera in manual mode.

But what is manual mode, and why is it so important for your photography? Lets figure it out!

Manual mode is one of the main settings on your camera, and it lets you manually control shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. These three settings work together to control the how bright or dark your photo is (known as exposure), as well as change the overall look of the image. Super important stuff!

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6 Tips For Better Bokeh How to get that dreamy blurred background


ISO 125,  70mm,  f/2.8,  1/800s

Normally what grabs our attention in a great photo is what is in focus. But have you ever looked at a photo and noticed how beautiful the out-of-focus areas are? Sometimes the out-of-focus areas might look like a gorgeous soft mass of blurriness. Other times it may seem as though an endless dazzling array of sparkles is filling the scene.

Bokeh is is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image” (from Wikipedia).

In this article we’ll look at several different techniques for getting better bokeh in your photos. One thing to keep in mind is that often the best bokeh results from combining techniques!Continue Reading →