The eleventh edition of the 2nd season of Lens Curator brings you 5 new excerpts from the world of photography and videography. This month we take a look at lighting for noobs, smartphone monitoring app, Adobe Cloak, mistakes in color grading and a killer editing tutorial.
Tech talks about lighting
Lighting is often overlooked when learning the ropes of videography. But it’s one of the most important variables in the whole scheme. Without proper and creative light selection and positioning, your footage may look like crap (even though you shot it with RED). Basic Filmmaker did a 30-minute video Basics of lighting. It’s a useful number for people just starting in video and gives them a good basis before coughing up the cash for new lights. The next step is educating yourself on how to use them.
Turn Your Phone into a Professional Video Monitor
Need a cheap but feature-packed monitor for your camera? A company called Vidrus released a new app that turns your smartphone into a capable monitor and recorder! “We included monitoring tools to help using your device like any professional monitor. Histogram, center marker, grid, image flip as well take a picture are all monitoring features available in our application,” says Vidrus. The price is a measly $4.99 in the Google play store. Granted you’ll have to buy an HDMI-USB capture card, but still, the overall price is cheaper than any monitor/recorder on the market.
Content aware fill for video? Yes, please!
Adobe MAX 2017 was, once again, a very cool event for all Adobe users. New products, features, and updates were all over the place, but one teaser feature was killed! Adobe Cloak – content-aware fill for video. It enables removing unwanted things from a video by imagining what would appear if these unwanted things were removed. Check the video to see how it all works. If Adobe decides to implement it in future versions of After Effects I think it will change the game for many of us.
5 mistakes in color grading and how to dodge them
Color grading is my favorite aspect of post-production. It means that your project is coming to an end and that ‘playing’ with dials and knobs is an encouraged process. Grading is often overlooked and done in a hurry so the end product looks nothing like you had in mind when you started. Color grading is a tedious and long process and you can make lots of mistakes. TravelFeels did a great video on how to avoid those mistakes and make grading a joyful experience.
World’s Most Advanced Video Editing Tutorial
OK, the title is a little bit zealous, but once you start watching you realize that this guy just made an epic editing tutorial! Taran Van Hemert is an editor for Lynus Tech Tips and he did a use-case scenario to reveal his editing workflow and secrets. A must-watch, even though it is over 4 hours long.