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

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SliderMini – Ultra Portable Motorized Camera Slider

Photography/Cinematography filters are glass elements that get typically screwed onto the front of the camera lens. While some use filters to simply protect the front elements of the lens, there are a variety of filters available that allow for artistic control over the photo or video. Using filters is common among DSLR/mirrorless shooters, however, filters can be easily used for shooting with your GoPro also. They are a lot of fun!

In this video I explain how to easily attach a filter to your GoPro. Further below you’ll find an outline of what the different filters do and how they are being typically used.

UV Filter:

Primarily used for protecting the lens. However UV filters can help with:

  • Boost contrast when shooting outdoors
  • Removes UV light and blue cast in very bright sun light

CPL Filter:

Reduces the polarization effect caused by sunlight:

  • Enhances the color of the sky
  • Eliminates the reflection visible in water/glass

ND Filter:

Blocks light, so that less light passes through the lens reaching the sensor:

  • Allows for creative control over the shutter speed
  • Allows for maintaining a 180 angle shutter speed in bright sun light for video

Graduated Filters:

Adds artistic effects to photos/video:

  • Orange: to intensify the orange and red of a sunset
  • Blue: to intensify ocean or blue sky
  • Grey: to intensify/add drama to a cloudy sky

 

Filters being used in this video:

SUREWO CPL/UV Lens Filter 52mm : http://geni.us/GPRFLTR
TELESIN GoPro ND 4/8/16 Lens Filter : http://geni.us/GPRND
K&F Concept 52mm Lens Filter Kit : http://geni.us/KFFilter

How to use Cinematic Filters with your GoPro

I finally upgraded my GoPro Hero5 Black, which I wasn’t too crazy about. The image and audio quality wasn’t great for a US$400 action camera and the features weren’t that exciting either. The improvements and new features of the GoPro HERO7 Black however won me over again. In this video I am testing the new GoPro HERO7 Black and compare it to the GoPro Hero5 Black – just in case you are still undecided whether you should get one.

GoPro HERO7 Black Review

How to best setup the Sony a7III for filmmaking you ask? Well, here you go! After I spent one week with the a7III, testing all its features, I am finally done setting it up for shooting video. Watch the video in which I go through most of the menu and explain the different settings and why I setup the camera the way I did. Take it as a starting point and tweak your setup further to your linking. Have fun!

How to BEST Setup the SONY a7III for Filmmaking