Dealing with Harsh Sunlight

Dealing with Harsh Sunlight

If you’re used to shooting inside, taking your video camera outside can be a study in contrasts, especially here in sunny California where the midday sun is high and harsh. Frank demonstrates some tricks to work with that big lumen maker in the sky: covering diffusion, exposing for a soft background with neutral density filters (ND's) and using a bounce reflector for back-lit subjects. 

Overhead Video Camera Rigs

Overhead Video Camera Rigs

We’re all familiar with using a tripod to get standard shots in our videos but what if you need to rig the camera overhead, pointing it straight at a table for those product or food beauty shots. Or to rig it higher up to record straight down at a person. Frank looks at a few simple rigs using grips stands and shows how to make a “goalpost” rig for more stable overhead shots.