David sent me an email asking “if you have never shot wildlife before do you recommend scouting a location before going out to shoot to see where the animals typically are or just go out […]
One of filmmaking’s greatest strengths is its immediacy. You may think you live in dull surroundings, but the camera captures and frames things the human eye may overlook. Furthermore, it captures a precise […]
Filming nature and wildlife is my passion. It’s what winds me up and cools me down. While I read a lot of nature and wildlife blogs, I also like to read blogs about life.
One of […]
I’m always trying to be a better nature and wildlife filmmaker. Every day I try to get a little more insight into animal behavior, plant identification, weather, anything that helps me capture footage of the […]
It seems that whenever I use the word “never” as in “I’m never going to do that again”, I end up eating my words.
Although I AM proud of the fact that I said I would […]
It’s been a few years but I finally got up the gumption to enter a couple of my short films in the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.
If you know me, I’m not only my own worst critic […]
Don’t Play the If Only Game
What camera should I buy? That’s the number one question I get asked when it comes to nature and wildlife cinematography. The second most asked question I get asked is […]
I love filming nature and wildlife! I love sharing what I’ve discovered and filmed as well as sharing my workflow and beliefs. Some posts resonate more with people than others. I thought I’d post the […]
Before I made the switch to digital video in 2005 I was a still photographer. My cameras weren’t digital, they used film.
For those of you that may have never used film let me […]
Yesterday, I talked about finding joy discovering the little things in nature and filming them. Today I’d like to talk about actually finding these little things. At first it may prove difficult or even impossible […]
Gilbert Chesterton said “One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
Today as I was reviewing some footage I shot this past fall that quote really resonated with me not so […]
“Never let anyone come between you and your camera. That’s my rule #1”
Those were the words one of my good friends and fellow filmmaker messaged me when I told him that I hadn’t picked up […]
This morning I was visiting Ana Rameriez’s blog, and read her post “Let the World See Who You Are”.
It really struck a cord with me and inspired this post. So thank you Ana!
It’s rare that […]
My typical method for filming nature and wildlife it to visit a location and film whatever catches my eye.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with that as it’s worked for me for many, many years resulting in […]
Let’s face it, as the mercury drops, so does our desire to get out and film nature and wildlife. It’s cold, the landscape is bleak and wildlife is hunkered down conserving energy in an effort […]
I read a recent article by nature and wildlife photographer Mark Graf of Graf Nature Photography about meeting a man that said “Nature wasn’t meant to be photographed.” His meaning was that nature is so […]
Low Light Sensitivity
As a nature and wildlife filmmaker, you can most often find me out in the field at first light and last light.
One of the hardest things for me is to see something amazing […]
In an earlier article I talked about music as one of the three things thatÂ caused former Indian Creek Nature Center director Rich Patterson to say “”I like yours because they are outstanding and very much […]
Recently a photographer posed the question, would you rather have the best camera system in the world (price is no object) or learning to truly see (you could spot artistic compositions anywhere), which would you […]
Nature and wildlife filmmaking is all about decisions. Where do we go to find our subjects? Once we find them how do we compose the shot that we want? Is the exposure right? Is the […]
Recently, Panasonic called and asked if I wanted to shoot some more footage with the PX270 now that Iowa had greened up and subjects were more plentiful. But I had something better in mind, a […]
I don’t knowÂ what it’s likeÂ where you live, but whenever I thought about filming nature and wildlife, my home turf in Eastern Iowa was usually pretty far down the list of locationsÂ where I wanted […]
I saw an interesting post by a nature and wildlife photographer the other day talking about non-photographers inquiring as to what they were photographing when they were out in the field.
They explained in their […]
In my last postÂ “Itâ€™s Important To Get Out In The Field Even If You Donâ€™t Feel Like It”Â I wrote about making the effort to get out into the field and film nature and wildlife even […]
It’s no secret that one of my greatest passions is filming nature and wildlife.
I’ve been taking photographs or shooting video since I was about eight years old. No matter what my day is like there’s […]
Most of the time when I pick up my video camera and head out into the field, I never really have a set plan for what I want to film. I guess I tend to […]
How many times have you said to yourself, if only I had (insert some piece of filmmaking gear) Iâ€™d be able to shoot better footage?
I know Iâ€™ve said it dozens, hundreds, heck maybe even thousands […]
Even though I’m a nature and wildlife filmmaker I still browse photography websites from time to time. The two are so close together that what often applies to one applies to the other.
My latest browsing […]
Merry Christmas Everyone!
I hope you had a great holiday!
I look forward to sharing my love of nature and wildlife and how to better capture both on video with you in the coming new year!
When The Weather Turns Bad Do You Pack It In? You Could Be Missing Some Great Footage!
Everyone loves to go out an film nature and wildlife on a warm, sunny day. I mean who […]
Why do you film nature and wildlife?
I’ve always loved anything that had to do with animals. My parents have an old 8mm film of me trying to feed an apple to a rocking horse or […]
Whenever I meet another seasoned nature and wildlife filmmaker, the conversation invariably evolves into our favorite moments that we’ve experienced out in the field.
When I was first trying to learn wildlife filmmaking my conversations almost […]
It’s just a given that nature and wildlife filmmakers spend a lot of time out in the field doing a whole lot of nothing.
If you’ve ever spent any length of time in a blind or […]
Greetings my fellow nature and wildlife filmmakers! Did you know that today is National Dabbling Day. Until recently I never even knew we had a day devoted solely to dabbling on any level let alone […]
Do You Know What Today Is?
As nature and wildlife cinematographers, we’re certainly faced with a lot of frustrating situations that at times make us just want to scream.
The weather is probably the biggest frustration we […]
I was watching a nature and wildlife photography show the other day. Two nature photographers were going back to a place where there were some fantastic flowers growing tall against a blue sky.
When they reached […]
It’s something that every wildlife filmmaker will face more than once in their career. The choice they make can make or break a filmmaking session. I’m talking about staying with a subject or leaving in […]
The world we live in is rich with beauty and these five spots provide exceptional opportunities to capture it. The next time you are ready for some adventure, grab your favorite video camera and get […]
When it comes to the process of wildlife and nature filmmaking I think of it as a three legged stool.
Two of the legs I’ve already talked about, patience and practice. The third leg of the […]
The saying goes once you learn how to ride a bike you’ll never forget. Well, that may be true but I can tell you from experience that doesn’t mean you’ll be any good at it.
If you drive pass the tallgrass prairie of the Great Plains it is easy to think that there is very little going on given the relative lack of large animals. Yet nature is never what […]
As a nature and wildlife filmmaker, weather and more importantly, the sun plays an important role in the video footage I capture.
Overcast days can make woodland wildflowers look fantastic but make a landscape dull and […]
When Panasonic released the Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder it was the camera I had been waiting for. Full raster HD, a monster 22X zoom lens and AVC-Intra codec. The peaking feature made […]
As a nature and wildlife cameraman, I want to share one of my best tips for shooting better nature and wildlife video.
But before I tell you what it is I want to tell you how […]
As a nature and wildlife filmmaker, Yellowstone was one of my favorite locations in the United States to film nature and wildlife.
Every year, millions of tourists, photographers and filmmakers travel to America’s first national park […]
Nature and Wildlife filmmakers are always looking for ways to get closer to their subject when shooting wildlife video.
Even the Panasonic AG-HPX250 with it’s incredible 22X zoom lens, you sometimes wish you had a bit […]
In addition to the 22X zoom and AVC-Intra codec, another one of my favorite features of Panasonic’s AG-HPX-250 is peaking.
Basically peaking is electronically “highlighting” the edges of your subject. My HPX-170 has peaking but nothing […]
Over the last couple of days I’ve had an opportunity to test Panasonic’s new HD camera the AG-HPX250. Panasonic has taken the guts of a over the shoulder camera and placed them inside the body […]
Nature and Wildlife Filmmakers Can Make a Difference
Nature and Wildlife Filmmakers play an integral part to making the citizens of the world aware of the dangers or injustices being done to nature and wildlife, the […]
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Whenever I’m filming nature and wildlife in some location I’m almost always asked what’s the best camera to buy or […]
Everyone has a defining moment that somehow ends up shaping their future. For me it was filming a wolf pack in Northern Minnesota.
I had recently made the switch to shooting HD video and this would […]
Filmmaking Naturally, online video tutorials assist you in your quest to obtain better wildlife and nature footage.
Award winning cinematographer Kevin J Railsback shares his decades of experience obtaining stunning imagery of the natural world. You’ll […]