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Three Secret Weapons for Better Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking

When it comes to nature and wildlife filmmaking, one of my favorite places to visit when I want to shoot some nature footage is the Indian Creek Nature Center. From tallgrass prairies and Iowa woodlands to Iowa creeks and wetlands, it’s a great place when I want to connect with nature and do some […]

By |January 28th, 2014|Tutorials|10 Comments
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Why You Should Always Set Your White Balance Manually

Is It The Filmmaker or The Camera That Creates Great Looking Nature and Wildlife Footage?
How many times have you watched Nat Geo or Animal Planet and said to yourself, “If only I had the camera those guys use I could get some great footage too”?
I know I used to say it all the time. If […]

By |December 16th, 2012|Tutorials|2 Comments
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Find Your Composition BEFORE You Place Your Tripod

Standing Tall Isn’t Always The Best Way To Shoot Nature and Wildlife

This nature and wildlife filming tip is actually a supplement to my Ten Tips for filming nature and wildlife eBook. But after watching the video again, I thought it was such an important point that I wanted to put it here for […]

By |November 25th, 2012|Tutorials|2 Comments
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Avoiding Mistakes in the Field With Your Camera

Even though I’m releasing this video on National Dunce Day, it seems that no matter what day it is, there are certain things I overlook time and time again when I’m out filming nature and wildlife.

The dictionary defines a dunce as someone who is incapable of learning. I don’t think I’d consider myself a dunce, […]

By |November 8th, 2012|Tutorials|3 Comments
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Don’t Blow Unexpected Wildlife Filming Opportunities

Ever have one of those days when you’re out filming nature and wildlife and something happens that makes you realize that no matter how long you look through a viewfinder, nature will always take you back to school and teach you a lesson?

I had one of those days last week.

I’ve been working hard since last […]

By |June 28th, 2012|Tutorials|12 Comments
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Quick Tip: Filming Dew Covered Wildflowers Even When Mother Nature Doesn’t Cooperate

When you think of early morning woodland scenes dew covered flowers and spider webs instantly come to mind.
There’s nothing I enjoy more than being up at first light on a still quiet morning and filming the morning dew before the sun begins to climb high into the sky and the modern world begins to wake […]

By |April 10th, 2012|Tutorials|0 Comments
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Getting Shallow Depth of Field in Nature and Wildlife Video

Depth of field is defined simply the distance between the nearest and farthest object that is in acceptable focus in your shot.

Now with small chip cameras, getting deep depth of field is pretty easy. In fact, it’s a given. But what is a bit harder to achieve is what is called shallow depth of field.
With […]

By |April 5th, 2012|Tutorials|7 Comments
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Woodland Wildflowers: Some Great Tips on How to Film Them

Filming woodland wildflowers is a great way to shake off the winter blues and capture nature awakening from her long slumber.

Filming woodland wildflowers can not only be a challenge because of their diminutive size but also because the narrow window of opportunity you have to film them.

Woodland wildflowers are in a race against time. Once […]

By |March 28th, 2012|Tutorials|2 Comments