Super Cheap DSLR ND Slider Filter!

posted : Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

posted : Friday, April 27th, 2012

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Cameron Bowman is a freelance Video Editor interested in Freelance Jobs.

posted : Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

How to Shoot Better Videos - Rule #1 

Shooting much better - more professional - looking video can be as simple as following 3 easy rules.  Below is step number 1 - possibly the easiest step.  In fact, for many people, it will require little more than the “flip of a switch”.  

1) Use a Tripod or Turn On Electronic Image Stabilization.

I know carrying a tripod around all the time is not realistic.  But you can carry a mini tripod around - they’re small enough to

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posted : Saturday, November 26th, 2011

I wanted to showcase some great sunset video I captured in Thailand and it coincided with the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs.  So, I decided to

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posted : Saturday, October 8th, 2011

I just posted a quick overview about swing-tilt / tilt-shift / photography - but it’s just as cool to see the effect it has on video.  This is one of my favorite examples, it’s by a guy named Keith Loutit from Australia.  

To check out my post, click HERE.

Cameron

posted : Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Mini Pics

Why does this picture look weird… and cool?  You’ve probably noticed this photography style quite a bit lately.  If you haven’t - start paying attention - it’s very popular in print and television advertisements right now.  It’s technically called a "swing tilt" or "tilt shift" effect, but most of us just call it “that miniature effect thing”.  

How does it work?  The short and sweet is that blurring out areas of the picture causes our brain to change it’s perception - or what it thinks it’s seeing. The blurriness changes the distance and size that is perceived by the brain. Instead of recognizing that the buildings in the picture above are far away, your brain thinks it’s looking at something very small but very close to your eye. 

Do you need a special camera to take swing-tilt pictures?  No!  It’s one of the easiest produced effects around.  It’s available as a special effect in a lot of point and shoot digital cameras and even some DSLR models like my Canon 60d.  If your camera doesn’t have it, you can create it on your computer with software like Photoshop - or even on your iphone with the TiltShift Generator by Art & Mobile.  No matter how you do it, the results can be pretty awesome.  

What’s the best way to take good swing tilt / tilt shift /miniature effect photos?  The two main rules are:  

1)  Take wide pictures.

2)  Shoot the picture at a slight downward angle.  

The picture above was a perfect candidate for this effect because it was taken from high up in the Tokyo Tower (perfect for a nice wide shot) - and the camera was tilted down just a little.   Tighter shots of cities can still work but close shots of people usually don’t look as good.  

Have fun and shoot a ton.

Cameron

posted : Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

This video is proof of how far video technology has come in the last 5 years.  Not too long ago you had to spend over $1000 just to get a consumer model HD video camera.  I shot this entirely with a Kodak Zi8 handheld video camera which cost $179 retail.  This video was edited using Adobe CS5. 

posted : Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Sapa Baby

This photo is one of my favorites from our 3-month trip through Asia.  It was taken in the Sapa area in Northern Vietnam.  Most babies are carried this way throughout Asia and especially in rural areas.  I just happened to

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posted : Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Check Me Out

For a great blog on life in Korea and adventures in Asia, visit Lauren In Asia.  Yes, Lauren is my wife but I’m also her toughest critic… and she does a great job.  All of the video and most of the photos on the site were created/taken by me.

posted : Tuesday, October 4th, 2011