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Ditch Your Teleprompter!

Uncategorized Nov 10, 2017
 

WHAT!!! Did I just say that?  Yep! 

I'm no fan of teleprompter, even with experience I can spot a mile away the videos I've used a teleprompter on and I'm exploring a different style that means I don't need to worry about it any more. 

What do you think, could you see yourself working more like this ? 

 

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AMAZING Wireless Control With CamFi!

equipment Nov 10, 2017
 

Yes, yes, yes! This is an incredible breakthrough for those of us who have struggled recording ourselves and understand the pain of getting in focus and hitting record while standing in front of the camera! 

I'll leave you to enjoy the video but if you're a Canon or Nikon shooter you simply have to add this little device to your kit. 

Find it on my kit list here

I'd love to hear what you think to it! 

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3 Way Shootout between a Webcam, an iPhone and a DSLR Camera

equipment Nov 03, 2017
 

Well I don't have much to add to this as the content's all in the video but I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. 

I really expected more from the webcam but I guess that just confirms the massive difference you can get from a camera. 

If you want to see how you can get started on a budget check out this blog post

And if you're interested in the Pro Video Academy and recording videos to the same standard as mine please visit the website.

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Don't let FEAR stop you getting on video

fear filming Oct 25, 2017

In this post I want to look at the whole FEAR thing. 

Is it something you struggle with? 

You need to get your mind right before we look at anything else.

 

It’s so true isn’t it that fear can rob us of our dreams, but...

What is fear? 

I like this acronym 

FALSE
EVIDENCE
APPEARING
REAL

We tell ourselves we can’t do something before we ever try. There’s no evidence to back up our fears, only what’s in our minds. 

Meet Jamie

My 17 year old lad is a classic example of this. He has mild Aspergers and that brings with it a lot of fear. 

Over the years he’s missed out on so much because in his head something isn’t safe or he can’t do it. For example when we went to Disney Land 8 years ago he stayed off all the decent rides as he was too scared to go on them. 

We go to a place called Centre Parcs every December for a family escape and there’s one huge water ride where we all...

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You Can’t Ignore The Power Of Video Any Longer!

video Oct 25, 2017

... well not if you take your online business seriously anyway.

Check out these current statistics:

  • Landing Pages with videos convert over 80% better than those without!
  • Your chances of converting a prospect to a customer are 40% better when you use video!
  • Having a video on a landing page makes it 53% more likely to show up on page 1 of Google!
  • Video Ads are the cheapest and most effective form of Facebook advertising!
    46% of users act after viewing a video ad!
  • Nothing builds ‘Know, Like & Trust’ with your audience as effectively as your face on video!

Read what the Experts are saying:

Business2Community recently posted:

A single, short video is said to be worth 1.8 million words, and with results like these, it’s quickly becoming a marketer’s newest and most powerful friend.’


Hubspot recently posted:  

‘Video is long past the status of an "up-and-coming" marketing tactic. It's here, and it's an increasingly powerful way to...

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Could I Achieve Pro Quality Videos With A $400 Budget?

equipment Oct 19, 2017

What was the inspiration behind this blog post? 

 This email comment in response to my recent webinar…

 ‘…I am a stickler for professional looking presentation and yours looks amazing, but alas I can't afford the camera at this time, so will have to put that on hold for now... I’ll add what I can to my Christmas list and hopefully we can connect in the new year sometime.’

I’ve had similar comments recently and I fully appreciate that the equipment isn’t cheap so I’ve been digging deep to find a cheaper solution that won’t loose too much of the quality. 


Being totally honest, I’ve spent all afternoon in a coffee shop working on this blog post as I just didn’t like where it was heading. I looked on eBay at second hand versions of the Panasonic cameras I recommend and there really wasn’t much more than $80 to be saved off the cost of a new one. I guess they’re still pretty new and...

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4 Reasons Why I Recommend Panasonic Cameras For Filming

equipment Oct 19, 2017

I don't hide the fact that I've become a huge Panasonic fan this year and for good reason. They do everything I want plus give me some lovely bonus features. As a photographer I find the cameras smaller, lighter and more fun than my previous digital SLR camera, and they're rammed with extra features to make photography more enjoyable. This video highlights the key benefits I discovered for photography but in this post I want to focus simply on the key benefits I've discovered for filming.

I'm talking specifically about the Panasonic Lumix G7 and the newer Panasonic Lumix G80/85 (also reviewed along side each other here) and while they may seem expensive to you at $600+ and $250 for the lens I assure you they’re the cheapest option on the market that I know of without making compromises. 


So here's what I love about them: 

#1 The Remote App

These cameras both give you the ability to record remotely via the free Panasonic Image App

This is massive but...

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What's The BEST Camera For Your Filming?

cameras equipment Sep 29, 2017
 

This feels like a drumroll moment... 'drrrrrrrr'   

"And the winner is..."

This is such a big question that most people skirt around but I like to give it straight. Now I can't categorically say this is the best camera but in my experience and from my research this is the camera that I am hand on heart recommending, and would do so to my parents if they asked me for my opinion.

So what is it?

The Panasonic Lumix G7.

 

Now although I've been doing all my filming with a G80/85, I got hold of the G7 (the older model) and as you can see in this post I put them side by side and there seriously was no difference for what I'm doing and teaching here. Therefore while you can still get the older model I would bag a G7 and spend the difference on the 20mm lens I recommend for it. 

Don't say I don't look after you ;-) 

Why this camera?

I know I cover it in the video but let me remind you why these Panasonic Lumix cameras stand out to me. They have some...

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Panasonic G7 v G80/85 Cameras - Is the extra $200 worth it?

cameras equipment Sep 29, 2017
 

Ok, so if you're reading my posts or following me on Facebook you know I LOVE these Panasonic cameras and for good reason... they're perfect for my type of video and about the best you can get for the money. PLUS they have a couple of awesome features I'll mention at the end.

Now I was all over the G80/85 and reading the specs I figured it was the perfect camera to recommend but it's predecessor the G7 is $200 cheaper and I wanted to put them side by side to see if there was actually any difference for recording videos like this.

So in the above video you can see exactly the difference between the two, shooting in the same place, with the same settings. What do you think? 

So if you're only using the camera for studio style videos or where the camera will be mounted on a tripod then there's very little difference between the two cameras as you saw. If you plan on trying some walking footage and getting more creative then it may be worth the upgrade as the in-body...

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Want to see my Studio?

Uncategorized Sep 27, 2017

By day I create 360º virtual tours so it's only fitting that I should create one to let you see where I work! 

CLICK TO SEE MY STUDIO

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