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Editing Nature and Wildlife Footage with a Color Mask

Sometimes the hardest part about nature and wildlife filmmaking is editing. You can shoot the most incredible footage but if your goal is to make films from your footage, you need to learn to edit. Editing however is more than just trimming clips down to size, placing them on a timeline and adding some music [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Beginner’s Guide to Shooting Nature & Wildlife Video

Get on the mailing list for Beginner's Guide to Shooting Nature and Wildlife Online Filmmaking Course! Whenever I'm filming nature and wildlife in some location I'm almost always asked what's the best camera to buy or what's the best this or that. The truth is if you're just getting into filming wildlife and nature it [...]

The River

When it comes to filming nature and wildlife I'd have to say that water ranks right up there as one of my favorite subjects. I guess it's no wonder that my sign is Pisces. Whenever I go out to film nature I'm always looking for rivers, streams and creeks to videotape. In the past most [...]

Yellowstone

Probably one of my all time favorite places to film has to be Yellowstone National Park. I guess you could say I cut my filming teeth in Yellowstone. The park has such a diversity of landscapes and wildlife. In all the years I've filmed there I've always discovered something new and exciting. This short film [...]

Silent Kingdom

Silent Kingdom is a short film that deals with the ever increasing rate of species extinction, global warming and other issues that are destroying our planet. As a nature and wildlife filmmaker, it's important for me to make people aware of what's going on with our planet and its inhabitants. For me it's where all [...]