Camera Hacks That Will Make You A Better Filmmaker


– [Matt Voiceover] You ever seen one of those stupid camera hack videos? You know, the ones that
teach you dumb camera tricks like shining light into the lens? Or encourage you to wield sharp objects in front of the lens, just for some lame– Whoa, wait a second, that looks cool! Fishing line, well that’s just– Whoa, that looks sick! And that lens flare, though! They also show you cheap ways to replace expensive camera
gear, like sliders and dollys. But mostly, they’re just about
putting crap on the lens. (car skidding) – [Matt] What are you doing? Are you putting Vaseline on my lens? – [Jason] Relax, it’s a camera hack. – [Matt Voiceover] You put Vaseline on my lens, you’ll be using it on your
black eye for two weeks. – [Jason] But I was hacking! I’m a hacker! – [Matt Voiceover] Call ’em hacks,
call ’em whatever ya want, these are some fundamental
practices that helped me take my filmmaking to the next level. Get a reliable hard drive. All your footage should live here. I edit recent projects off
these handy mobile drives while I store all my footage
on larger desktop drives. Give yourself peace of mind
that all your sick footy is safe and backed up. This one’s pretty obvious,
but take care of your stuff. Clean glass makes a world of difference, so get yourself a basic cleaning kit. Not only will it make your image cleaner, it helps with resale value if
you ever decide to upgrade. Consider getting a basic LED light kit. You can power them with batteries and use them anywhere, and most come with
adjustments for brightness, and even color temperature. I’ve had my kit for years,
and I’ve learned so much about light and how to
control it and shape it. I love playing with color, so I created a quick, easy Velcro system to attach colored photo gels to the face of my lights. If you know me, I’ll find any
excuse to bring out the gels. If they’re not already
built into your camera, grab an ND filter. Neutral density filters simply cut light. Cut down on sunlight,
open up your aperture, and maintain that soft,
silky depth of field. Polarizing filters are a game-changer. Screw or slide one on to the front of your lens and watch the magic happen. As long as you’re facing
perpendicular to the sun, your greens will become greener, your blues will be bluer than
you ever thought possible, water will become richer and clearer, and you can even pierce through unwanted reflections in glass. Now, that’s a camera hack! – [Jason] Yo, that thing is sick. – [Matt] Yeah, I picked it off some kid for four Xbox games. – [Jason] How’s it work? – [Matt] Um, there must be a manual online. – [Matt Voiceover] Show up
to your shoot prepared. A great first step is to
invest in a camera bag that suits your needs. Set it up in a way that works for you. Pack it the same way every time, so you know where things are. Put heavy stuff at the bottom so you don’t crush your goodies. – [Matt] All right, ready? – [Jason] Yeah, droppin’ in. – [Matt} Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Oh, crap, I forgot a camera battery. – [Jason] (sighs loudly) – [Matt] (sighs loudly) I’ll go run home. – [Matt Voiceover] The last
thing you want on set is to run out of battery. In a professional scenario,
you need backup power. And believe me, spending
money on batteries sucks, but it’s better than
running out of power on set. I even carry portable
emergency battery packs to charge things like
this follow focus, GoPros, or even phones. I got the juice, you know what I’m sayin’? – [Matt] (panting) All right, ready? – [Jason] Yeah, okay, droppin’ in. – [Matt] Oh, wait, wait, wait, I forgot a memory card. Be right back. (yells in frustration) – [Matt Voiceover] I don’t
even want to admit to you how many times I’ve shown up to a shoot, only to discover that I left my memory card in my computer. I’m pretty good at not doing that anymore, but just in case, I keep a
couple backups in my bag. This won’t apply to
everyone, but as a RED owner, I have to keep a small
toolkit with me at all times. You never know when it will come in handy. Sunglass pouches are great
for storing small items. I like to keep yet another
backup of USB cords to account for unexpected
malfunctions or battery charges. I like braided cords, as they last longer. This stuff right here
was created by the gods. Gaff tape is easily tearable, strong fabric tape that won’t
leave residue when removed. It’s great for a million different things, including this makeshift sun hood. Wondering why your pans and
tilts aren’t very smooth? Besides practice, maybe your tripod isn’t balanced. Finding the balance point of your camera will make following moving
objects so much easier. It can look a little sketchy
if you overhang like this, but if your tripod has a safety mechanism, it should be all good. Having a tripod with a
center column or ball head makes leveling quick and convenient. But always make sure to
have your hand on top before making an adjustment. Stay organized. A label-maker is an awesome way to keep track of your belongings. I like to label all of my lens caps, so I can quickly identify
them at a glance. And the best part? You’ll never mix your
caps up with someone else. I label my batteries as
well, so I can keep track of which ones are charged, or
to identify any missing ones. I even put contact information
on them, just in case I misplace them. And besides, label-makers are fun as heck. So, that’s about all I
got this time around. Let me know what you
think, or share your tips, in the comments below. – [Matt] (panting) Ready? – [Jason] Yeah, droppin’ in. – [Matt] Oh! Oh no! – [Jason] What? – [Matt] The battery just died. Let’s just shoot tomorrow. – [Matt] If you’re interested in any of the gear in this video, check out the links in
the description below. If you dig what we do, support us by grabbing a pack of stickers or a shirt in our merch store, at ifht.tv/store – [Matt] Password? There’s a password?

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