HD DSLR Filmmaking

By Steve Crow | Cinematic style videos created with HD DSLR cameras

Does the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 hold focus when zoomed? And could your lens adapter be part of the problem or solution?

The recent statement by Sigma that the upcoming cine versions of their 18-35mm and 50-100mm lenses are ‘near parfocal’ has caused some confusion to …


Teens don't care about Cable TV. They're watching YouTube instead

For the first time, teenagers are spend more time watching videos on YouTube than Cable TV. This is according to the findings of a survey commissioned by investment bank Piper Jafray.<p>The survey looked at the viewing habits of 10,000 teens. It found that while 26 percent watch YouTube daily, only 25 …

You Tube

Perfect for Gimbals: Using Your Phone as a Monitor

The biggest downside to using a gimbal is losing basic controls of the camera. Sure, you can use a monitor, but you can't actually control the …


Great Lessons from the YouTube School of Film

It’s hip to say you shouldn’t go to film school. Why would you? It costs a fortune and doesn’t give you any certainties as fas as getting a job. Not …

You Tube

Here’s an Updated 2017 Canon Roadmap

The rumormill has gone quiet for the moment, though we expect it to pick up ahead of CPS next month. Below is what we believe we know is coming in …


Zhiyun Crane 3 axis Motorized Gimbal Setup and Tips

Transcripts and Captions for Digital Video

Our experiment<p>For this experiment we selected two videos that were released with the Building Cultural Audiences website.<p>The first step was to select …


Sony Eye AF Might Help You Forget About Your Canon Autofocus Envy!

If you shoot Sony, you’re probably pretty jealous of the new Canon Autofocus features. I am a Sony faithful, but when I watch those reviews and tech …


Comment on How to hotrod your the Canon C100 Mark II on a budget – by Taro Irei by Jason Brooks

Great article. I don’t own a C100, but use them frequently and love the no-nonsense ergonomics-above-all approach to your customisations. Looks like …



Sony a6500 Review – Real World Video Samples and First Impressions

<b>Not long ago, Sony announced and presented the new a6500, a successor to its successful a6300. During a recent visit to Japan, I had a chance to</b> …


Buying Guide: Stabilizers for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

Looking to purchase a stabilizer for your DSLR or mirrorless camera? Here’s a breakdown of your best options and price points to consider before you …


DSLR Video: How good is the Canon EF-S 18-135mm USM kit lens?

It’s a kit lens! Run for the hills!<p>Well, maybe not so fast.<p>Over the past decade optics have come far. Take for example this kit lens: the Canon EF-S …


Sony a6500 touch autofocus reviewed – It does a better job of focusing than I can (but thankfully it isn’t infallible)

This week I’ve seen the future of run-and-gun shooting, and it’s autofocus. Finally I feel that the manual focusing skills that I’ve been developing …


Movies at High Frame Rates

People have been asking for me for my thoughts on Jim Cameron’s recent presentation at CinemaCon stating that “the future of cinema” is higher frame …


New Sony A6500 4K Footage, Plus The Camera is Now Shipping in Europe (and the US)

<b>Sony</b> recently posted some new a6500 4K Footage on their official Youtube channel, plus the camera is now shipping a bit earlier than anticipated in …


First Look at the Sony a6500 APS-C Mirrorless Camera

In early October, Sony announced a new addition to their a6000-series of APS-C mirrorless cameras. This camera, the a6500, is the new flagship of …


This is What 'The Witch' Would Look Like if Wes Anderson Directed It

This time, Robert Eggers' supernatural horror film<i>The Witch</i> gets the good ol' Wes Anderson treatment.If you thought you couldn't make a horror movie …


Ditching My Sony - The New Perfect Camera?

Simeon Quarrie’s top tips for shooting better video

The Video Mode caught up with Canon Explorer Simeon Quarrie at our recent filmmaking workshop at Pinewood Studios and asked him for his top tips for …


Simeon Quarrie: top tips for camera movement and audio

Canon Explorer Simeon Quarrie is an internationally known filmmaker and photographer who runs an agency, Vivida, that produces creative video …


I Ramble On About Color Test Charts

The Cokin Riviera Classic is a Retro Tripod that Matches Your Retro Camera

Cokin’s new Riviera Classic tripod is a long time coming. It was only a matter of time before the “retro” craze hit the tripod market, leading to the …


The 10 Main Differences Between the Sony a6500 and A7rII

Within the Sony E-mount range, there are currently two flagships: the nearly two-year-old A7r II for the full-frame series and the new a6500 for the …


The Sony a99 II – A New Powerful Full FRAME Translucent DSLR

New Full Frame: SONY a99 II<p>The new Sony a99 II will be available from <b>November 30, 2016</b>, on Amazon. The Price at the launch date is going to be …


Canon Dual Pixel vs Sony Auto Focus

Canon vs Sony AF<p>I got a Canon 80D in for review so I could see how much better it is than Sony’s AF system on the a7Rii.

Learn How to Read 6 Different Scopes to Ensure Proper Exposure and Color Balance

You can't always trust your eyes to expose your image. That's where scopes come in.You can brag about your 20/20 vision all you want; scopes are …

Color Management

Saramonic CaMixer Microphone Kit with Canon 5D Mark III Review

Timelapse Tips From The Ace

Drew Geraci is a master of timelpase. He's taken the time-bending genre beyond something that’s simply eye-catching to create visual stories that …

Time-lapse Photography