Filmmaking Naturally http://filmmakingnaturally.com Learning how to shoot better nature and wildlife video with award-winning filmmaker Kevin J Railsback Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:33:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How A Million Slides Made Me A Better Nature And Wildlife Filmmaker http://filmmakingnaturally.com/million-slides-made-better-nature-wildlife-filmmaker/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/million-slides-made-better-nature-wildlife-filmmaker/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:33:02 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3864 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 give you an idea of the workflow. 35mm photography film came in small canisters, usually with enough unexposed film in them […]

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Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking: Finding The Little Things http://filmmakingnaturally.com/nature-wildlife-filmmaking-finding-little-things/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/nature-wildlife-filmmaking-finding-little-things/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:38:35 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3836 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 but with some practice you’ll start discovering some amazing things to film. The Key to Discovering the Little Things There’s […]

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It’s The Little Things That Make Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking So Special http://filmmakingnaturally.com/little-things-make-nature-wildlife-filmmaking-special/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/little-things-make-nature-wildlife-filmmaking-special/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:28:13 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3827 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 much literally but from a mindset point of view. For so many years my mindset was that I had […]

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Never Let Anyone Come Between You and Your Camera http://filmmakingnaturally.com/never-let-anyone-come-camera/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/never-let-anyone-come-camera/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:06:13 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3817 “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 my camera in over a month over the end of a relationship. I had written a previous post about how […]

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Just Be Yourself When Filming Nature and Wildlife http://filmmakingnaturally.com/just-filming-nature-wildlife/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/just-filming-nature-wildlife/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:35:28 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3808 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 a week goes by that I don’t get an email or a phone call asking me about my […]

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2015 Goals For Filming Nature and Wildlife http://filmmakingnaturally.com/2015-goals-filming-nature-wildlife/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/2015-goals-filming-nature-wildlife/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 03:01:07 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3785 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 some incredible footage. This year however I want to try something different. I want to set some goals for myself to […]

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Six Reasons To Get Out And Film Nature And Wildlife This Winter http://filmmakingnaturally.com/six-reasons-get-film-nature-wildlife-winter/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/six-reasons-get-film-nature-wildlife-winter/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:40:00 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3767 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 to survive. It’s far too easy turn off the alarm, roll over, pull up the blankets and go back to […]

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Sometimes It’s The Gear Sometimes It’s Not http://filmmakingnaturally.com/sometimes-gear-sometimes/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/sometimes-gear-sometimes/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:26:50 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3712 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 grand and made up not only of sights, but smells, feelings and sounds that there’s no way a simple photograph […]

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Panasonic AJ-PX270 Low Light High Sensitivity http://filmmakingnaturally.com/panasonic-aj-px270-low-light-high-sensitivity/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/panasonic-aj-px270-low-light-high-sensitivity/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:56:33 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3697 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 to film but the light is to low for my camera to capture. Ove the years video cameras […]

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Using Color To Stand Out From The Crowd http://filmmakingnaturally.com/using-color-stand-crowd/ http://filmmakingnaturally.com/using-color-stand-crowd/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:43:32 +0000 http://filmmakingnaturally.com/?p=3519 In an earlier article I talked about music as one of the three things that caused former Indian Creek Nature Center director Rich Patterson to say “”I like yours because they are outstanding and very much set a mood.” The second thing I think that helps my films stand out and set a mood is color. […]

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