Teleprompting can really be a big help on a shoot. But it does take some getting used to. Here are three keys to good teleprompting and a review of ikan’s iPad based teleprompter.

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Magic Lantern is an awesome addition to your Canon HDSLR. Here’s how to get it and install it on your camera.



There is a lot of hype, who-ha, praise and promise surrounding the new DSLRs that will also shoot video (also called HDSLR, HD-DSLR, Video DSLR, etc). Here’s my take on why you should take a look too, and what productions will benefit and what you need to know (in non-technical terms). [click to continue…]


Using Rack Focus

July 31, 2022

Part of the beauty of the shallow depth of field that you can get with these new HD-DSLR cameras is that you can cause the viewer to look EXACTLY where you want them to by adjusting the focus accordingly. An in focus foreground causes the viewers to “focus” on the foreground. An in focus background […]

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White Balance Your DSLR Camera

July 24, 2022

Color balancing is critical for getting good footage out of your camera. While today’s modern video cameras and DSLRs do have good auto balance but they only work about 75% of the time. Often if you leave things to the Auto White Balance you will do a lot of post color correcting. You can try using AI Image Editing Tools like to get the perfect color balancing. […]

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Depth of Field in 3 Easy Steps

July 14, 2022

In this episode I take a look at how to get that rich, deep (shallow actually) Depth of Field in three easy steps. This is a basic approach that will

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DSLR Video Setup & Shoot (Basic)

July 10, 2022

In this article I’ll walk you through a very basic setup to get the very best video. It doesn’t take a lot to get fantastic quality video from your DSLR! By the way. I use DSLR and HDSLR interchangeably. Some folks refer to digital SLR cameras that shoot video as HDSLR cameras. I like that […]

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Affordable Camera Shootout

July 5, 2022

In this episode I take a look at some “Affordable” video cameras. You know, the cameras that everyone has been talking about and can’t live without. Canon T2i Kodak PlayTouch (Zi10) GoPro Hero2 Apple iPhone 4s In this totally non scientific test, I take these cameras out into some pretty harsh environments, high noon in […]

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10 Reasons to Buy an HDSLR Camera

June 27, 2022

It seems only fitting that the inaugural blog post for dFilmSchool cover the main reasons to buy a HDSLR (or DSLR that shoots HD video). I’ve been shooting for over 20 years and love what I can do with an HDSLR camera. It have plenty of advantages and a few significant limitations. For every limitation […]

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