IndyMogul’s Griffin Hammond returns with another production tutorial, this time focusing on Real Estate Films.
The meat of the content begins at about the 1:35 mark in the video, and Griffin covers many aspects of Freelance Videography, including the equipment he uses, shooting techniques, editing, music and how much to charge.
This is an excellent resource for those aspiring to become a freelance videographer (You can also watch Griffin’s Tutorial on shooting Wedding Films Here)
Within the body of this video, Griffin hits on one of the main reasons why I personally chose to use Panasonic cameras to produce my own videos. Other than the fact that Panasonic cameras are renowned for their superb video quality, they’re also not hampered (outside of Europe, anyway) by one of the biggest limitations of virtually every other DSLR or mirrorless camera system – the artificial 29:59 video recording limit.
The Panasonic Lumix GH3 (IMO, the best Hybrid Camera available today), the Panasonic Lumix GH2 (the former flagship that is still one of the best video making machines you can get) and the Panasonic Lumix G5 (easy to use, produces great stills and high quality HD videos, and is one of the best bargains you’ll get for a high quality camera) should be on the top of your list if you’re looking to start up a videography business.
This is the best Hybrid Camera on the planet today. The GH3 will deliver top of class stills and video and is the most “pro level” mirrorless camera available. It performs incredibly well in low light, has blazing fast autofocus including advanced features like face detection, and will shoot 1080p video up to 72fps. The GH3 also has Wi-Fi capabilities and can be controlled with your iOS or Android device via the Free Panasonic Lumix Link App. As a micro 4/3 camera, the GH3 (and the GH2) have access to the largest selection of high quality lenses of any mirrorless camera. They’re also the most adaptable.
The former Panasonic Lumix Flagship Camera was, and is still one of the best video recording machines on the planet. The GH2 soundly defeated cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars in the 2012 Zacuto Shootout, and since the release of the GH3 it’s now one of the best values available today. Those who are on a budget might want to start out with pair of GH2s for your two camera setup vs a GH3 and a GH2. In head to head video tests, the GH2 competes fairly closely with it’s successor, but it gets outclassed by the GH3 in the still photos department. Of course, if video is your game then that’s not much of a concern.
The G5 is our pick for sleeper camera of 2012. It was released with some degree of fanfare in the summer and was used by Getty Images Photographer Dean Moutaropoulos to capture the London Olympic Games, but seemed to get lost in the shuffle with all the big camera releases last autumn. But the G5 is still one of the best cameras to be released in the last couple of years and will produce stunning HD quality videos and still photos as well.
The Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH features a 14mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28 mm) wide angle and F2.5 brightness with sharp, high contrast image rendering. Taking advantage of the wide angle of view and deep depth of field, the compact LUMIX G 14 mm lens offers excellent performance in shooting not only landscapes but also snapshot or indoor shooting. Comprised of six lenses in five groups including three aspherical lenses, the lens system achieves both high compactness with short overall length of 20.5mm and high optical performance. It also excels in shooting subjects with components of straight line including architectures thanks to the minimized distortion. The integration of stepping motor and inner focus drive system realizes the use of silent, high speed contrast AF. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. Highly reliable metal mount assures durability for active use and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its shooting performance.
Feature 360-degree Panning, 2 Leg Angle Positions for an extra measure of flexibility, a Recessed Center-Column Hook that allows you to hang additional weight from the tripod’s center of gravity for increased stability, a Separate Head and Pan Lock, a Precision Matched Q Series Ballhead, Integral Bubble Head and more. These tripods are compact yet sturdy and they come in 5 funky colors. We’ve actually found these be conversation starters, and when’s the last time you could say THAT about a Tripod? The entry level unit is the MeFOTO 1350Q0 Travel Tripod with Ballhead, but we recommend the MeFOTO 1350Q1A Travel Tripod with Ballhead (Titanium) – which extends a bit longer and can be converted into a monopod. (>>Learn More Here<<)