Capturing Steam on Video & Other Lighting Tips

Capturing Steam on Video & Other Lighting Tips

We’re going to show you some lighting tips and tricks you can use on any shoot, like making steam actually show up, using lensers and black wrap. If you shoot food videos, you’re going to love this.
Over time, you learn certain tricks of the trade that stay with you and become habits but they’re not always taught I’ve found because, well, they’re habits. You just do them, you don’t think about them. I’ve collected a few here for you.

Hyperfocal Distance Focusing and Depth of Field Tricks

Hyperfocal Distance Focusing and Depth of Field Tricks

So focusing on a person or object isn’t that hard. You zoom in or use magnify, adjust focus, and then zoom back out. They’re in focus. But what if your subject moves in place or you have two subjects in the frame? What do you do? Can Hyperfocal distance help?

Frank explores focusing, depth of field, near and far focus, hearts on some sweat bokeh background, and shows you how to find the hyperfocal distance via charts but also without then when you're on location.

Lighting for Overhead Video Camera Rigs

Lighting for Overhead Video Camera Rigs

In a previous video, we covered a few simple rigs to create more stable overhead shots, but viewers had the question "how do you light an overhead rig? You're shooting straight down, almost 90 degrees from a normal shot."

Frank explores the ins and outs of lighting for your overhead video camera rigs, going into depth of field, focal length, and the one light you'll have to change to make it all work.