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Discovering Your Creativity for Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking

In my last post "It’s Important To Get Out In The Field Even If You Don’t Feel Like It" I wrote about making the effort to get out into the field and film nature and wildlife even if you're heart wasn't in it. The reasoning was that if you didn't use you camera and other filmmaking tools [...]

The Greatest Dilemma Wildlife Filmmakers Commonly Face

A dragon fly covered in dew, it's wings glisten in the early morning light 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 hopes of finding better [...]

Top Five Places in the World to Film Wildlife With Your Video Camera

Lilac Breasted Roller Kruger National Park, South Africa 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 ready to get wild! Denali National Park, Alaska The landscape [...]

Practice Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking to Hone Your Skills

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. I'm a firm believer that there are three things every nature cinematographer must work on if they want to reach [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Best Tip Ever for Shooting Better Nature and Wildlife Video

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 this one single tip has worked for me. It has allowed me to win several awards in film festivals, [...]

Are You Filming Illegally in our National Parks?

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 to gaze in wonder at the incredible sights, sounds and smells Yellowstone has to offer. But did you know [...]

An Iowa Morning: Shooting the Panasonic AG-HPX250

When you film nature and wildlife more often than not you wish you had a camera that had a longer zoom. The bigger the zoom, the further away you can be from skittish wildlife and still get great footage. So when Panasonic called asking if I'd be interested in testing their latest camera, the Panasonic [...]

Panasonic’s AG-HPX250 Zoom Demonstration

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 of a much smaller handheld camera. The AG-HPX250 is similar in size to the HVX200 that I originally owned but [...]