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Making Your Wedding Photography Shoot Perfect

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

We will also offer you a few final tips to improve your photography experience. Just follow this guide and your wedding pictures will be great.

Do’s – Here are some things that you should do to make your wedding photography the best:
• Opt for a professional photographer with wedding experience;
• Scope out the places where you want to take your photos before the wedding;
• Tell the photographer your expectations for your pictures. Let them know what you wish to look like in pictures, and what pictures/types of pictures you would like;
• Follow the schedule set-up by your photographer as closely as possible;
• Be sure to let your photographer know each of the events that you want covered on the day of your wedding.

Don’ts – For the best wedding photography, do NOT do these things:
• Do not forget to tell your photographer about your color scheme well before the wedding day;
• Do not let other family members get in the way of the shots that you want;
• Do not do clichéd shots for your wedding photos. Instead try something new and fun;
• Do not let the photographer decide every shot. Instead, communicate with them during the shot. Try something fun!
• Do not do shots that are only in color, only in sepia tones, or only in a filter. Instead, opt for shots of all different colors and even ask your photographer to experiment with it so you can choose.

Other Advice

Know that professional wedding photography is not cheap. But paying extra for the service is worth it. Be sure to plan your photo shot well in advance. Then, consult your camera man about your wants. Also be sure to ask them for advice about potential scenery to use in your wedding photography shoot. During your photo shoot, think about taking breaks often. This will prevent anyone from getting moody, and all it takes is for one mean face to ruin a good picture. You may want to provide drinks and snacks. Understand that no one wants to be on a shoot all day. Make it short and make it count.

Beginner’s Guide to Filmmaking

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

I’m going to discuss the basic equipment needed as well as what happens in the different phases of production. If you have an interest in making movies or maybe you’ve just embarked on your journey to film school, here are a few basics to starting your filmmaking journey.

First, you need a camera and depending on if you’re looking to make films professionally or home videos, they can be pretty pricey. Red Epics and Black Magic cinema cameras are great finds, for a pretty penny that is. DSLRs are perfect for beginner filmmakers because they’re inexpensive compared to the thousands of dollars spent on cinema cameras. You should choose a camera that shoots in 1080pi at 24 frames per second. For a cheap find I recommend the Canon Rebel EOS T3i with a basic lens kit. A basic lens kit usually consists of an 18-55mm lens. After you’ve purchased your camera it’s time to invest in a 3 point light kit which consists of your key light, fill light, and back light. You will also need to purchase sound equipment such as a shotgun mic that you can mount on the hot shoe mount that is on most DSLRs. You may not think lighting and sound are important to a film, but they can make or break your film. Would you rather watch a movie with a good storyline but you can’t see the actors’ faces or actions and can’t hear what they’re saying? Or would you rather watch a movie that’s storyline isn’t the best but has adequate light and sound. You should be able to see the actors and their actions clearly and you should be able to hear footsteps if the actor is walking. When you are ready to write your script start with the treatment. The treatment will help conceptualize your idea from beginning to end. Once you have done that you can start your script.

There are three phases of production: pre-production, production, and post production. Pre-production is crucial to any film as it can fall apart without it. In pre-production actors are cast, locations are scouted and secured, costumes and sets are designed, and a shooting schedule is created. If a film is a period piece such as World War II, procuring locations and costumes are an essential part of the pre-production phase since it helps place a time frame on the film. Next comes production when the film is being shot. Director and director of photography of a film is hired during pre-production but more than likely if you are a film student or a hobbyist you will be directing and filming your own movies. After everything has been filmed it’s time for post-production where the film is edited into its final product. I recommend Final Cut Pro for Macs and Adobe Premiere Pro CC or the Adobe Creative Suite for editing.

If you’re college students you are probably relying on your college’s theatre department for actors looking for experience. Your crew members probably consist of friends or fellow film majors or enthusiasts. You may not be able to afford to pay your cast and crew, but make sure to provide them with craft services i.e. food and beverages to keep them happy. Something to look out for with your film, especially if your actors or crew members are not paid, is never trust talent.