nature videos

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 [...]

Persistence Often Pays Off for Nature and Wildlife Filmmakers

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 stool is persistence. It takes all three legs to make the stool stand. Take away any one of them [...]

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 [...]

How to Set up and Use Focus in Red on the Panasonic HPX250 P2 Camera

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 it a snap to see when a subject was in critical focus. But in the run and gun world we live [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]