Photography Tips Articles

Production: 4 Composition Tips for 16:9

The composition 16:9 stands for 16 arbitrary units of height to 9 arbitrary units of width. Often called 16 times 9 or 16 by 9, this composition just refers to how wide the screens are...[more]

Production: How To Do a Medium Shot

A medium shot falls between a wide shot and a close up. In shooting a scene, you would tackle the medium shots after the wide master shot. The primary purpose of a medium shot is...[more]

Production: How To Do an Extreme Wide Shot

An extreme wide shot is used to establish a setting for a scene. It's usually just used once at the beginning of the scene to let the audience know what is going on. It is...[more]

How To Get the Best Video of your Child's Recital

Taking a video of a child's recital is important, as it serves as a lasting memory of this special event. As recitals only happen a few times over the child's life, it is vital to...[more]

How To Get the Best Video of your Child's Sports Games

We now live in an age where everyone has access to a video camcorder. As parents, the biggest benefit of this technological revolution is that you can now preserve the memories of your children forever....[more]

How To Get the Best Video of your Child's Graduation

A video is a great way to preserve the memories of some of the most important memories in your life. One of these memories that you'll want to keep is your child's graduation. Now, if...[more]

4 Tips for Archiving Your Home Movies

Home movies are great because they allow you to look back on some of the happiest years of your life. They also make it possible to record important events and look back on them in...[more]

Home Movies: 5 Tips for Filming Kids Birthday Parties

Filming home movies of a kiddie birthday party is almost as stressful as planning the party itself. Oftentimes, the finished product is a shaky and unwatchable hour-long footage of a lot of running around and...[more]

How To Make your Home Movies Watchable

Home movies have always had a bad reputation for being long, boring and highly amateur. Oftentimes, the only people interested in seeing your homemade videos are parents and grandparents. These movies are supposed to capture...[more]

Home Movies: Giving your Child the Camera

Learning how to capture the best home movies can take a very long time. Home movies work the best if they are unstaged and record how your family really lives. to make this possible it...[more]

Home Movies: How Much Footage do you Really Need?

Learning how to shoot the best moments in your home movies can be very difficult. You will need to learn how to recognize something of interest and how to capture it quickly on film. This...[more]

3 Tips for Gang Scanning Photos in Photoshop

If you have old photographs lying around at home, then learning how to scan photos is one of the easiest ways to get them onto your computer. By scanning the photos, you will be able...[more]

Four Christmas Card Photo Ideas for Children

A Christmas card photo is the perfect place to show off your kids. December is the one month of the year when everyone's busy lives slow down a little and people have time to reconnect...[more]

4 Tips for Editing Dialogue

Editing is a complicated craft that is dependent on having a sense of great timing. This is especially true when editing a scene with dialogue. The way you edit the scene will have a huge...[more]

Mapping Focus to the Keyboard

Of the many seldom used functions in Avid, try mapping "focus" to the keyboard. Though you may have never heard of this operation before, you may discover that it is quite useful. Step 1: Focus...[more]

Tips for Cutting to the Beat in Avid

There are plenty of tips for cutting to the beat in Avid. Music is not everyone's forte, but there are ways to facilitate the need to cut using the cues as a guide. Waveform The...[more]

All About Stereo Audio

Stereo audio is a term that refers to sound that is divided into two (or more) distinct channels (but, usually left and right channels). Stereo audio is typically played back simultaneously from two stereo speakers....[more]

How To Measure Sound Intensity

Sound intensity, which is commonly referred to as the sound pressure level, is measure in decibels. Sound intensity refers to the sound power per unit area, which is usually measured in watts. Measuring the sound...[more]

All About Headroom and Distortion

When you are starting out in the video software business, then you may hear the terms headroom and distortion. These terms are often used to refer to the quality of sound on a video or...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Work with Multiclip Angles in the Viewer

Final Cut Pro allows you to use the Viewer to easily work with multiclip angles. You can use the Viewer to perform many functions with angles in a multiclip, such as: display, rearrange, resynchronize, as...[more]

Recording a Voiceover in Adobe Premiere

One thing that everyone is keen on when making videos is recording voiceover audio tracks. Recording voiceover audio can also be used to add to a YouTube video, or similar videos of that nature, all...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Understanding Sequences

If you are working with Final Cut Pro, then you will need to create sequences. These are the parts of the film made from a series of clips, larger and bulkier than clips, and they...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Capture Video and Audio Separately

With Apple Final Cut Pro, there may be times when you may want to capture video and audio as two separate files, rather than a standard combined file. Fortunately, Final Cut Pro makes separating audio and video files an...[more]

How To Levels & Curves And Control Points in Viveza

Viveza is a very popular image editing application which can be used to perform all kinds of simple edits to a photograph. When using Viveza, many of these edits are much easier than they would...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Compositing Using the Chroma Keyer Filter

Final Cut Pro has a feature called compositing, which allows you to stack multiple clips on top of each other. When you stack multiple clips on top of each other, there is bound to be an...[more]

Final Cut Pro Titles: How To Create and Add a Title Clip

With Final Cut Pro, you are able to create and add titles. Titles can be used for many purposes, including displaying times and dates within the movie and, of course, serving as opening and closing credits. Text...[more]

From iMovie to Final Cut: Creating a New Project

If you are making the transition to from iMovie to Final Cut Pro because you have reached the limits of the beginner video editing program, you will need to learn many things in order to...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Understanding the Tools Window

On more modern versions of Final Cut Pro, you will find yourself looking at a Cinema Tools window. This window allows you to follow the connections between the key numbers on the screen and the...[more]

Using a Spreadsheet to Log Timecode

You can use a spreadsheet program (like Microsoft Excel or Open Office Calc) to log the timecode readings from your video and also create a running 'Total Length' calculator. This will allow you track sequence...[more]

Final Cut Express: Keyframing

Keyframing allows you to alter the appearance of the video by adding special effects, and Final Cut Express is one way in which you can use this type of software program. Final Cut Express allows...[more]

How To Use Compressor's Batch Templates

Batch templates help to make your transcoding work flow easier and faster. These are particularly good if you repeat the same jobs. Here are a few steps to show you a fast and easier way...[more]

Compressor: How To Chain Jobs

When you chain jobs, it will reduce the time you need to compress your items. This merges as much work as possible into a batch. Compressor will then manage the jobs for you. Job chaining...[more]

Compressor: How To Chain Jobs

When you chain jobs, it will reduce the time you need to compress your items. This merges as much work as possible into a batch. Compressor will then manage the jobs for you. Job chaining...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: How To Create a Still Image of Your DVD menu

When you use DVD Studio Pro to create DVD compilations of your favorite movies and home videos, you do not have to create them in motion because a still image will do. You may think...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: Creating Styles and Templates for Buttons

If you love to burn copies of your favorite movie or would like to compile all your home videos in a single DVD, perhaps you are already familiar with the convenience that buttons and "home...[more]

Compressor: Audio Filters

Audio filters are circuits of processed sound signals within an audio frequency range. There are several types of filters such as graphic equalizers, synthesizers and sound effects. These audio filters are designed to pass through...[more]

Compressor: Encoding for Apple Devices

The Compressor can be used for a number of different functions, including audio encoding of any Apple devices that you may have. Apple makes a number of different MP3 items, including the famous iPod, which...[more]

Using Final Cut Pro and Motion Together

With Apple's Final Cut Pro and Motion, you can create professional quality videos faster than ever before. You can edit your movies in Final Cut Pro by editing sequences, stabilizing shaky shots and even applying...[more]

Compressor: Video Retiming

In Apple Compressor, video retiming allows you to video from one frame rate to another (such as with conversions from NTSC to PAL or vice versa) or convert video to a new speed. With retiming...[more]

Using Photo Mats to Tie in a Theme

Photo mats can be used to tie in themes. For example, when scrap booking, you can use photo mats to tie in themes. There are scrap booking magazines to get theme ideas from in case...[more]

Importing Shapes into DVD Studio Pro

Shapes cut through one video image to reveal another in DVD Studio Pro. One of the ways to do this is by using Photoshop to create the shape. A shape is a container that appears...[more]

How to Zoom in Video in Premiere

Creating zoom video effects are a great way to add motion to a shot that is static. Shots that have motion in them are more visually interesting then shots that don't move. This is extremely...[more]

How to Start a New Project in Adobe Premiere

The first step to editing your videos in Adobe Premiere is to create a new project. There are two ways to do this in Adobe Premiere. When Premiere is first opened, it takes a few...[more]

How to Lock a Track in Adobe Premiere

Sometimes when you're editing a fairly complex project, you might want to lock a track. Locking a track prevents anything on it from being moved, altered or even selected. An example of when you would...[more]

What the Difference Between HDV and DV Format Video

What's the difference between HDV and DV format video? It's the same as the difference between high and standard definition. In the early days of digital video, which is what DV stands for, we only...[more]

3 Ways to Prevent LCD Screen Damage on Your Digital Video Camera

Anyone with a digital video camera will need to find a way of preventing LCD screen damage. The LCD screen is used to view what you are recording, and to replay any videos you've already...[more]

Progressive and Interlaced Displays Explained

Progressive/interlace displays are the two main categories for screens today. Put simply, progressive is better because it will minimize picture flickering. Progressive displays re-draw every single horizontal line each cycle. For example, a 1080p (p...[more]

Video Editing: Cutting on Motion

Video editing is strange because there has never been anything like it before. Our eyes don't go back and forth between wide shots, close ups and medium shots in real life. Yet, when we watch...[more]

Three Photo Lighting Tips to Improve Your Underwater Photography Skills

Light behaves differently underwater than it does on dry land. Because of this, there is a special strategy for underwater shooting that compensates for the unique photo lighting situation we are faced with. The largest...[more]

Enhancing School Portraits with a Quick Makeup Fix

A simple makeup fix can be the difference between a stunning school portrait and a plain looking photo that you take. For older children, especially seniors, makeup can be used to enhance the overall look of the...[more]

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