filmmaking

Four Reasons Your Home Turf is the Best Place to Film Nature and Wildlife

I don't know what it's like 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 locations where I wanted to plant my tripod and hit the record button. However on the last couple of years I've spent a lot of time [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wildlife Filmmakers Rejoice! The HPX250 Digital Zoom Rocks!

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 more reach. Digital zoom has traditionally been a feature used by camera manufactures to sell cameras to the general [...]

Kruger A Nature and Wildlife Filmmakers Mecca

If you want to film nature there's no better place than Kruger National Park in South Africa. When you mention wildlife filming, it's the first place that comes to mind. Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the largest national parks on the continent. It is a fascinating place with nearly eight hundred [...]