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CRUSH Photo & Video: Next Level In-Camera Tricks!

Storm Pierce, YouTuber, Freelance Photographer

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17 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Class Introduction!

    • 2. Section 1 - Any Camera, No Props

    • 3. How to Create Silhouettes

    • 4. Show/Hide Transition

    • 5. Use of Depth

    • 6. Smooth, Stable Shots

    • 7. Creative Use of Angles

    • 8. Section 2 - Any Camera, Inexpensive/FREE Props

    • 9. Using a Prism!

    • 10. Using CDs!

    • 11. Using Sunglasses!

    • 12. Section 3 - Mobile, No Props

    • 13. Section 4 - DSLR, No Props

    • 14. What's "Lens Whacking?"

    • 15. Using Long Exposures

    • 16. How to "Slide Capture"

    • 17. Wrap Up & Class Project!


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1. Class Introduction!: either. My name is Storm, and I want to welcome you to this skill share class. Thanks for tuning it. And this one, we're going to consider 12 awesome filming techniques that you can do either with a smartphone or a DSLR that can step up your filmmaking in camera. There's no need to get extra stuff. Just use the tools you have. If that sounds like something that interests you stick around. We've got some pretty cool stuff coming out. Let me run down what we're gonna consider in this class. There's gonna be four main sections and section one well. Consider techniques that are usable with any camera without any props or additions. In Section two, we'll talk about techniques that can be done with any camera, but with just a couple editions of very cheap props. In Section three, we'll talk about mobile Onley filming technique. So your iPhone or your smartphone camera again with no props or additions and finally in Section four will do DSLR only shots without ammunition. So regardless of what type of filmmaker you are or what tools you have available, there should be something in this class that you can benefit from grab whatever camera you have, and I promise you'll have a good time. So let's jump into the class. 2. Section 1 - Any Camera, No Props: Welcome to the class in section number one. All of these tips can be used with any camera. Doesn't matter if it's a smartphone, a DSLR, a digital camera. Whatever you've got, grabbed that and let's get started. 3. How to Create Silhouettes: So for the first technique, we're gonna talk about silhouetted, they've probably seen some pretty cool silhouette shops, whether it be in video or photo. That's basically where you have a really bright background, but your subject is completely dark. This could be pretty cool for detail. Shots profile shots Portrait's pretty much anything. You can get some really cool results at dawn or dusk, but you can also do it when the sun time this guy, as long as you have a bright sky or a bright background. One technique you can use is by putting your subject in front of a bright window and then exposed for the outside. If you have a bright sky outside of the window and you expose for the sky automatically, your subject should become pretty dark. A great way to frame your subject could be outside the window, but you can also go outside. Here's a couple tips to watch out for when trying silhouette shots. Usually when you're using a cell phone, you can touch and select your subject using the screen, and once you do that, you can usually manually lock your focus and exposure. What I usually suggest is tapping and locking focus on your subject than dropping the exposure so that the sky is the one that you can see the best. At that point, your subject should become almost completely dark. If you're using a DSLR for this purpose again, exposed for the sky, change your aperture and shutter speed so that your subject is completely dark. 4. Show/Hide Transition: The second technique we're gonna talk about in this section is the show and hide transition . The cool thing about this transition is again can use it with any camera inside outside, wherever you want to be. Where you're going to notice is in the transition. The subject is going to push something in front of the camera and then, with a similar object removed that object from the camera in a different spot. This is a really great way to create that transition in camera without the need for a lot of editing, because all you're doing is putting something in front of the camera lens, and they're moving it later. But the next time you do it, you're in a different spot. Another great way you can use this transition is when you're in a dense city location or you have a lot of things moving in front of frame. You can move something in front of frame to hide a really easy cut for you. Don't be afraid to push your camera right into an object or push an object right into your camera and then match it up later on 5. Use of Depth: technique. Number three is the use of death. You can create some really cinematic shots and professional looking images. When you make sure that your subject is closer to the camera than the background, you can get some really great separation and the image that way. And sometimes we're using a mobile device. You can actually fake the look of ah, more professional camera because you have more depth and the background will be blurrier. Now, of course, this tip is on Lee if you want the subject to be in focus but the background to not be in focus, so keep that in mind. Here's a couple examples of those shots. Notice how the subject is in focus, but the background is out of focus because the background is so far away. If you want to get some professional looking images with your phone, especially just photography. If your phone has portrait mode, definitely use it. At least give it a shot and see if the death improves versus just a regular shot. If your phone doesn't have portrait mode, just make sure your subject is as close as you can get. In your background is a spar as you can get away to maximize the depth of your image. 6. Smooth, Stable Shots: our next tip is gonna be talking about smooth shots using, ah, higher frame rate. So the cool thing is, if you're okay with your footage being in slow motion, a great way to fake smooth motion, even with a handheld shock, is by shooting it and ah, higher frame rate and making it slow. Mo. Later, for example, let's say your iPhone shoots 120 frames per second. You're gonna get a a nice, smooth image because it's a lot slower and your camera shake and you're moving the hands is not going to show up in your footage. This is nice when you don't have a tripod on hand, or especially like a glide cam or a gimbal. All they have to do is use your hands, lock it in close and try and be a smooth as you can. It's gonna be exponentially smoother 7. Creative Use of Angles: Our last technique in the section is Angle's. Most people will just pull out their phone and start shooting from I angle. Play with angles. Don't just stay in the same spot and sit where you think you might get a good shot. Shoot from above. Shoot from below. If you're shooting pictures of animals, get on their high level. If you're shooting images of products, make sure to not just shoot from overhead, but get right on level of that product as well. Beyond the look out for things you can shoot through that can also frame your images, such as fences or trees that can also create depth in your image in the foreground and background. This is a great way to think if you're thinking about getting into professional photography and video because angles, we're gonna set you apart from the rest of the people you're competing with for certain jobs. Of course, it's also great for fun. Impress your friends. Here's a couple examples of a couple subjects that I think have been improved by just changing your angles and you're shooting area. All right, without any further ado, let's move into the next section 8. Section 2 - Any Camera, Inexpensive/FREE Props: Alright, it's time to move on to Section two and this is any camera, but with additional props. These props are not expensive. Let's do this. 9. Using a Prism!: so the first technique in this section is using a prism. Now, don't let prisms scare you. First of all, they're super cheap on Amazon. I got this one for about seven or $8 2nd they're not very difficult to use because it's all up to you. In your creativity, you can use a prism to create transitions, make beautiful shots all by just holding it in front of your camera. Whether you have a smartphone or a DSLR, all you really need to do is hold the prism directly in front of your camera lens, either tilting it back and forth or playing with light flares, and you're gonna get some pretty cool amazing images for transitions. This could be actually really easy. All you have to do is roll the prism in front of the lens at the end of the first shot and then roll it back to the exact same direction on the second shot and merge the two clips. Here's an example of that. If you're taking portrait, it's or nature shots. Just hold the prism at the top, right or left corner of your image, or wherever you really want it, and just play around a little bit of it in focus. You're gonna get some pretty cool lighting effects that are all done in camera. No editing or Photoshopped required. Just play around with this one. It takes a second to get down, but once you figure out how it works and affects your image, I think you have a good time. 10. Using CDs!: Our next technique comes with a super super difficult prop. I don't know if anyone's gonna own one of these. It's a CD, so obviously CDs are pretty easy to find, but also pretty easy to use. You're gonna just use it just like you would a prism in front of your lens. Try getting some cool mirror shots in front of your image as well as some light flares. Really? Again, this is all up to you just playing around and seeing what looks cool. This is an easy way to get something similar to the prism effect without having to get a prism. When you're using a DSLR, you can completely d focus for soft effects or with a smartphone. Just reflect the light just like a mirror. The possibilities AARP pretty endless. 11. Using Sunglasses!: Our final technique in the section is sunglasses. Just a simple pair of sunglasses can do a couple different things for your image. Let me show you one of the obvious uses for sunglasses can be too dark in your image. If you don't have a filter over your lens that can help you make the image darker, obviously only have to do with this one. It's just place the sunglass lens directly over your camera. But more than just putting the sunglass lens directly over your camera lens, you can also extend the sunglasses out and then shoot through the sunglass lenses to get a pretty cool shot that way as well. And then the final way I like to use sunglasses is just using them as a mirror or shooting directly into the sunglass lenses to see what's reflecting from them. Here's a few examples shots that obviously most people have sunglasses laying around. But even if you don't, the dollar store hasn't one buck just give him a shot. Photography is all about being creative. Regrettably, this section is over, but alas, there is another section Let's move on 12. Section 3 - Mobile, No Props: we're here in Section three, and this one is the Mobile Onley section without any props. There's only one technique in this section, but I still feel like it's good to mention. It's pretty simple, but let's see if you can use it. Have you ever been filming or shooting photos? And then you look back at your camera roll and notice that the photos and videos you had one in focus or the exposure was all over the place. There's an easy way to fix that with your mobile camera. When you're in your mobile camera app, tap and hold on this subject this is gonna lock your focus entirely. So then you can shoot as many photos as you want. And you know your focus isn't gonna go all over the place. If you slide up and down on most phones after you've held down the image, you're gonna be able to change your exposure and walk in there as well. This is a great way to make sure what you see in your head comes out of the camera. 13. Section 4 - DSLR, No Props: just like that, it's already time for Section four. This one is for DSLR Onley shots and footage without any additions. So if you have a DSLR laying around and you're like, I just don't have any extra gear but I want to get some pretty cool shots, this is the one for you. Get ready. 14. What's "Lens Whacking?": so our first technique in the section sounds a little funny. It's called lens whacking, and a lot of people would probably be afraid to do this. But if you're careful, you can still get some pretty good footage without messing anything up. Lens walking when you're using your DSLR is basically just separating your lens from your camera body and moving it ever so slightly on the Texas. This is gonna let in a little bit of light but also changed your focus. This could be cool when you're looking for some really arty shots, where you're trying to get interesting images where you couldn't usually get both things and focus. I suggest not going too crazy with this because you don't want dust on your sensor and you don't want dust going into your camera, and you obviously don't want water in there. So always use this with your own caution and your own discretion. But if you're looking for a way to step up the quality of your images, just move the lens just a little bit to see where the focus goes, how the light hits your sensor and sometimes you can get some pretty creative shots just like this. Joan Risk 15. Using Long Exposures: Our next technique in this DSLR section is long exposure. Did you know that your camera has a long exposure setting if you have a DSLR. If not, let me show you how to use it. If you change your shutter speed toe anything longer than a second, it's generally a long exposure photos. And when you start going to 10 15 30 seconds even longer, you can get some really creative shots. Let me point this out. You do need a tripod, so I guess there might be in addition there, whether you have one or not. But sometimes you can set your camera on top of something and still get a smooth shot. But usually generally a tripod is needed. Here is kind of the images you can get with long exposure photos. Once you get your camera set up and try some test shots, you can get light trails. You can get water flowing, you can get stars, and generally you can just get really bright images vs really dark images. Obviously, a long exposure is letting more light into your photo because you're giving your camera much longer To process this image. I would suggest going out and giving it a try to see what kind of creative images you can get from lights on the back of cars or looking at the sky, seeing what you could do with the moon and stars. The reason I say this is mostly a DSLR tip and not for smartphones is because a lot of smart phones don't actually have this capability. But sometimes you can find an aptitude that do it for you. I just say, if you have a DSLR, this is probably 16. How to "Slide Capture": and finally, our last tip in this section and of the whole class. This one I'm gonna call slide capture not to do this one. You're either gonna have to move your body really quick or use a zoom lins and zoom really quick after or wind your holding shutter down. Basically, when you hit the shutter button, twist your zoom lens so that it zooms in or out and you're going to get this Really? Trippi's lied. Captured Look, it's almost like you're flashing forward or flashing back throughout your image, and I think it looks pretty cool. Try this out and see what kind of subjects you can take to the next level using this idea. And just like that, it's time to move into the class project. 17. Wrap Up & Class Project!: I hope you guys had as good a time as I did making this class now for the class project. I'd love to see you guys put these tips in the action and show us what you got. So whether it be a mobile photo, a DSLR photo or a combination of the two, choose any of these tips one or more and create some rate images or video and shoot it down below in the class project that could be uploaded to YouTube video or just uploaded as a still image. I really think you get really creative with these ideas, so show us what you got. This is your time to shine. It doesn't matter. Even if you just have a cell phone. Well, I'd like to thank you for watching the class. Can't wait to see what you come up with and stay tuned for some more content on how to use what you have on hand to shoot some images and video. Thanks for watching. See you in the next class.