Category Archives: Filmmaking

How To Shoot Video With GoPro Hero 9 Using ND Filters

ND filters are essential for creating professional-looking videos. ‘Why?’ you ask? The video settings of the GoPro are simply too limited for always achieving the best possible exposure for the lighting conditions one’s in. Especially shooting in bright daylight can be a challenge.

In this video I go over my cinematic video setting for the GoPro Hero 9 and how to use ND filters to get the best possible results – professional looking video.

You can get the Freewell Standard Day ND Filters I use in the video here: https://geni.us/FWSD4K

Ultimate Timelapse Tutorial for GoPro HERO 9 Black

Creating time-lapse video is super fun! A sequence of single images are being combined to a video that shows your scene change dramatically over time. This could be the movement of clouds, stars, or even the day turn to night.

In this video, I am going over the settings for creating a professional-looking time-lapse video with the GoPro Hero 9. Here are some shooting intervals to get you started:

1 second
Moving traffic
Fast-moving clouds
Drivelapses

1- 3 seconds
Sunsets and sunrises
Slower moving clouds
Crowds

15 – 30 seconds
Moving shadows
Sun or moon across sky
Stars (15 – 60 seconds)

1 – 3 minutes
Growing plants
Construction sights

Once you are done shooting your image sequence, follow the steps as outlined in the following tutorial to create your final video clip.

Just in case you are still not happy and would like to give your video a dramatic, processed look, check out the LUTs and Instagram presets in my shop.

BEST Low Light Settings for the GoPro Hero 9 Black

GoPros aren’t renowned for their low light capabilities, however with the right settings, the results can be pleasing. In this GoPro low light tutorial, I go over all relevant settings, like shutter speed, ISO, and picture profiles. I explain what they mean and how to use them.

For the very best results you want to keep your ISO as low as possible, use a low framerate and low shutter speed. The settings that I usually use are:

  • Resolution/FPS: 4K/24p
  • Lens: Wide
  • Hypersmooth: On
  • Bit Rate: High
  • Shutter: 1/48
  • White Balance: Manual (3200k-4000k)
  • ISO Min: 100
  • ISO Max: 800
  • Sharpness: Low
  • Color: Flat

Shoot video at night with the GoPro like a pro!

Sony RX0 II Vlogging Setup (Camera Cage and ND Filter for Sony RX0 II)

Let me introduce the Sony RX0 II Vlogging Setup with the UURig C-RX0 II Vlogging Case, so you get the most out of your little camera. It’s a perfect protective cage for the Sony RX0 II with 37mm thread adapter to mount an ND filter and a cold shoe mount to attach an external microphone. Here are the links to all the gear I used for this setup.

Camera Cage : https://amzn.to/30fwf2H
ULANZI L1 Pro Video Light : https://amzn.to/2HhD50c
ULANZI Aluminum Grip: https://amzn.to/2VlvuBk
MicW iShotgun : https://amzn.to/2YnOwJi
Hoya 52mm Variable ND Filter : https://amzn.to/2Q2IQSa
FiiO Audio Cable : https://amzn.to/2Vi6LOj

Sony RX0 II Review

I couldn’t resist buying the Sony RX0 II to compliment my Sony Alpha setup – the a7III and a6500. I wanted a small waterproof camera that I could abuse to get shots that I couldn’t get with my larger Sony cameras. While I have been using my GoPro for these type of shooing scenarios, mixing footage was always a hassle. Check out the video for my in-depth review. Is it perfect? No! Would I buy it again? Absolutely!

PortKeys LH5 HDR : Best 5-inch On-Camera Monitor For The Sony a7III?

While I enjoy shooting with my Sony cameras, the fact that Sony never offered a flip-out screen with their higher-end mirrorless lineup is frustrating. So one either has to live with that, or invest in an on-camera monitor. There are many different external camera monitors available nowadays, in a wide range of features and sizes. Watch my review of the PortKeys LH5 HDR to learn why I love this field monitor so much!

In case you are interested, you can get one here: http://geni.us/PKLH5HDR

SliderMini – Ultra Portable Motorized Camera Slider

I have been searching for an affordable portable motorized camera slider for quite some time now. Two reasons. First of all working with a slider isn’t easy. It takes a lot of practice and it can be time consuming to get a smooth shot. Secondly, a motorized slider allows me to create panning shot without having to have a second person supporting me. I can be in front of the camera while the slider does its thing.

While there are several sliders out there, most are quite expensive. The SliderMini from SMARTTA however fits the bill. Please check out my review, and if you are interested in picking up one yourself, please use this link here:  https://igg.me/at/SliderMini/x/19569642