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How to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget Films

You don’t have to sacrifice quality when capturing audio for low budget films. Find out how to record pro sound with this collection of educational …


CameraLends Goes Nationwide: Cheaply Rent the Latest Gear from Local Owners

Brick and mortar rental houses are becoming a thing of the past, and peer-to-peer online marketplaces are shaping the future.

In January, I wrote an …

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Canon 750/760D vs Nikon D5500 Head-to-Head

How Much of A Difference Is There Between Cheap and Expensive Lenses in Filmmaking?

The topic has been debated ad nauseam that photography is not about the type of equipment you have, but all about the photographer. In any case, most …

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Awesome Cinematography: Achieving a Jib Shot with a Slider

It’s time for another Awesome Cinematography tutorial! Let’s learn how to pull off a jib shot using a slider.

As any independent filmmaker will tell …


A $6 IKEA Storage Box Makes for a Thrifty Collapsible Laptop Sun Shade

Need to block out some sunlight and glare from your laptop screen during outdoor photo shoots? Instead of dropping some cash on a pricey sun shade or …


Michael Moore's 13 Rules for Making Documentary Films

By Michael Moore | Indiewire September 10, 2014 at 1:59PM

During his keynote at the Toronto International Film Festival’s sixth annual Doc Conference, …


Rode Videomic Pro gets an update

By technical editor Matt Allard:

The VideoMic Pro is RØDE Microphones number one selling microphone worldwide for good reason. Not only does it offer …


Lenses - Storytelling with Cinematography

$0 in the Bank? No Problem! You Can Still Make Your Own 'Itsy Bitsy Camera Slider'

You can't get much better than free! In this tutorial from The Frugal Filmmaker, learn how to make your own mini-slider out of a Manfrotto quick …


Which SD card should you buy?

When it comes to taking photos there are many factors to consider, what camera to buy, what lenses to buy and of course which bag looks the coolest. …

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Shooting a Short Film on a DSLR Camera

For a man who works in the New York City film industry, Eric Scherbarth, AKA daddy, remarks that his recent short film creation for the Nikon …


What audio gear should I buy? The best choices with reviews.

A must-have for any event or doc shooter. Set it, forget it, and get awesome sound.

When Rode set out to design a small camera-top shotgun mic, they …


Indiewire's Ultimate Guide to Documentary Filmmaking Advice

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 30, 2013 at 1:33PM

There's been a huge renaissance in documentary filmmaking, and Indiewire's been collecting some …


Sony XLR-K1M vs Rode VideoMic Pro Comparison

Comparing two microphones.

I’m running a lot of tests for my upcoming Sony a7S course and I thought I would share a comparison between the popular …


Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware 1.04 Available

• Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s AF function may not operate properly at a focal length of approximately 100mm when used with the EF 70-200mm …


New Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens is a More Video-Focused Version of the Cheapest Prime in Their Lineup

Canon's low-cost 50mm lens just got an update with some refinements aimed at those shooting video.

The new 50mm f/1.8 isn't exactly groundbreaking, …


Introduction to the Manfrotto Digital Director

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Digital Director is the only Apple certified interface that helps you intuitively manage the entire photo …

Best Video Cameras for Indie Filmmakers in 2015

Here at Lights Online Film School, students and readers often ask what camera they should use to shoot their films, and no wonder! The market is …


Use your iPhone as a Wireless Lav Microphone System with AirLinc

We’ve shown you before how to use your iPhone as a portable audio recorder, but here’s a brand new application that’s taking things to another level. …


Losslessly Compress cinemaDNG RAW Files with SlimRAW – Save 60% Disk Space

SlimRAW is a new app that lets you compress cinemaDNG files quickly and helps you save disk space. It works with Canon 5D mark III RAW footage as


Shaping and Controlling Light with Jem Schofield

Radian 2 Bluetooth: Time Lapse, Motion, and Camera Control

Radian is a precision motion timelapse device that is wirelessly programmed from your smartphone.

For pros and beginners alike…

Radian 2 Bluetooth: …


How to Focus on a Field Monitor

Video and film production is a craft of many skills. We are required to create stories, evoke emotions and capture details through picture and sound. …


Canon's XC10 4K Camcorder: Some Lovely Footage & an Unsurprisingly Critical Review

In the weeks leading up to NAB 2015, Canon announced the XC10, a fixed-lens 4K camcorder that left many scratching their heads. But what can this odd …


329 Free Action Elements for Video Editors

Looking for some free action elements? Looking for a HUNDREDS of free action elements? Well, you’re going to love this.

Whether you’re a video editor, …

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Anamorphic 118 page Review

Here’s a 118-page review of anamorphic cinematography from Film and Digital Times articles since 2007. It all began with a visit to Vantage, makers …