If you’re new to film making or simply wanting to brush up your skills, our guides to the basics of shooting a video can help you master the finer elements of film making.

Learn how to master audio, aperture, ISO and shutter speed and how to set up your DSLR for video.

Learn how to tackle common situations, such as how to shoot a wedding video or how to take a 4K still from a video.

We also have a range of guides on the best equipment for film making, in our equipment section.

Film making tips and tricks:



shooting better video

The Video Mode caught up with Canon Explorer Simeon Quarrie and asked him for his top tips for shooting better video. Simeon is an internationally known filmmaker and photographer who…

Ava DuVernay

Noted American director Ava DuVernay has used Twitter to give filmmaking advice to aspiring directors. In a recent post, the Selma director shared an email she sent to new filmmaker…

Kickstarter has launched a new platform for long-term crowdfunding projects called Drip. It is aimed at filmmakers and other artists to allow them to build a community of subscribers who…

make money as a filmmaker

You’ve had your training and you’ve got your camera but how do you actually make money as a filmmaker? Starting out as a videographer means that you will need to build…

camera shots

Whether you’re working on a wedding video or your first feature film, the type of camera shots you use are often the same. They allow you to frame your subject…

lens aperture

If you are used to using a camera for stills photography, then you will find that the lens aperture control works much in the same way during shooting video as…

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese will teach an online course on filmmaking at the beginning of 2018, deconstructing how he made his masterpieces. The Oscar winning director will outline his directing methods, from…

In one of The Video Mode’s recent tuition videos we explained what Look Up Tables (aka LUTs) are and how they work. Now we’re using a ‘case study’ to reveal…

LUT

A LUT, or ‘Look Up Table,’ holds a set of numbers which are looked up by the software or hardware you are using in order to deliberately change the colours…

ISO sensitivity

The Video Mode takes a look at the how best to use ISO sensitivity when shooting video, and how it compares to taking stills. There are plenty of similarities in ISO…