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February 13, 2017
Camera set-up 2: Sony A7S with PIX-E5H external recorder.

The Importance of BACK-UP

The Importance of BACK-UP Jonathan Warner Warner Vision                 As content creators it’s essential that our content is safeguarded as much as possible.  Faulty gear can usually be replaced or fixed, but the content we capture cannot often be replicated, in some cases never again. I predominantly work for the corporate sector, usually operating on my own.  In my experience corporate clients don’t care too much what gear we use, just as long as we can deliver the goods, to produce something they cannot readily create themselves. These clients rely on us to […]
January 23, 2017

I’m just starting out, what camera should I buy?

I’m just starting out, what camera should I buy? This is the most frequently asked question I get by far. So what should it be? A GoPro, a RED Epic? I’m just starting out, what camera should I buy? no-repeat;center top;; auto This is the most frequently asked question I get by far. So what should it be? A GoPro, a RED Epic? The answer is….there is no answer. I myself started with two camcorders – a Panasonic camera and a Canon Hi8 – I used what I had available to me. So the question really should be what do […]
January 23, 2017
Can filming weddings make me a better videographer?

Can filming weddings make me a better videographer?

Can filming weddings make me a better videographer Can filming weddings make me a better videographer?” Ben Bruton Cox no-repeat;center top;; auto I get asked this question a lot. When done correctly, filming weddings can be hugely rewarding. And not just in a financial sense, but also in term of professional recognition, creative freedom and being able to travelling the world. Also, because of the steady and predictable financial element, you can gain a great deal of freedom in all parts of your life. So what is it about weddings that can make you a better filmmaker? In such a […]
January 23, 2017

Ghana Shoot for Tzedek

Ghana Shoot for Tzedek no-repeat;center top;; auto 189548707 700 400 The Brief I responded to a callout from the charity, Tzedek who have a strong relationship with the film school I attended. Tzedek have a number of programmes around the world and, in this case, were looking for a film highlighting their activities in northern Ghana. Specifically, they have an educational programme that focuses on improving teaching methodology. Traditionally in Ghana teaching is very teacher-centred (‘chalk and talk’) and they wanted a film that highlighted how their new child-centred teaching methodology was resulting in improved levels of literacy and numeracy. […]
December 30, 2016
The Issues around Lighting a Wedding

The Issues around Lighting a Wedding

The Issues around Lighting a Wedding The Issues around Lighting a Wedding” Ben Bruton Cox no-repeat;center top;; auto The ‘No Lighting’ Side It’s all about not being intrusive. Put simply, lighting at a wedding can be very obtrusive to the couple and guests if you set up the lighting badly. It can also look terrible as it can lead to very flat shots with no dynamic feel or look. Also, wedding videographers often don’t use lights as they want to be as mobile as they can. As such, bringing a bulky set of lights with them is not an appealing […]
December 8, 2016
The Best Ways for you to Advertise your Wedding Videography Business

The Best Ways for you to Advertise your Wedding Videography Business

The Best Ways for you to Advertise your Wedding Videography Business The Best Ways for you to Advertise your Wedding Videography Business? Ben Bruton-Cox no-repeat;center top;; auto For 2016 weddings I received over 540 wedding enquiries to film couples’ big day via my website and enquiry page/email form. I appreciate this is a huge number and certainly when I looked back over enquiries and bookings for 2016 I was shocked to see a figure as large as that given the lack of advertising that I do. So, how do you go about advertising your services to prospective couples? There are […]

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