1. Geoff Stock

    The Power of Positive Thinking

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    I will change that a little to “The Power of Positive Reward”. Whether you are getting into Video Production or want to be a Videographer it is important to feel you are moving forward in your learning. Hopefully you have noticed that much of what I talk about concerns how to use your mind when learning about how to improve the results you are achieving with your video camera. One of the first things that people who do The Video Camera Course say is how everything they see on TV is the exactly the same as I have shown them in the course. They suddenly understand how it all works. This excites me because not only has their shooting improved immediately, but they are also starting to understand everything else they see, and they can then keep learning long after they have finished the course. Even if you don’t do...
  2. Geoff Stock

    Taking Pictures is like Life

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    That’s right, it is a long slow path to wisdom and knowledge. When you are right at the beginning of your journey, just about everything you see is exciting. Good documentaries, movies, magazine programs can all amaze you, touch you and inspire you. You look at them and say wow that is what I want to be able to do with my video camera. The internet has made it possible for an enormous number to people to share their stories with the world. It seems our desire to do that is tremendous, as you can see when you search through Youtube or Vimeo or any number of other video hosting sites. Many, many people want to use their cameras to share a part of their world, with their stories. However as you will also know, the skill level to be able to do this in an inspiring or riveting or...
  3. Geoff Stock

    What is the Online Essential Skills Video Camera Course?

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    ‘The Video Camera Course’ is a combination of simple and advanced camera skills that I have developed into an easy to understand complete learning system. A fast and effective method to help you to be able to shoot any type of video project like a Professional Cameraman. How to shoot professional looking video with your video camera or DSLR or even your iPhone, it doesn't matter what type of camera it is, it is about the skills and knowledge. The great thing is, you can do the whole course online, in your own time. Many times in my nearly forty years as a professional television cameraman I have helped people to start to learn the skills that us old guys just take for granted. They then go off and start their own long slow faltering path. The same path that we all had to take to learn how to do...
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    How to Stop Panning and Zooming with Your Video Camera

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    Stop Panning and Zooming! Yes, right, so you want me to tell you how.  Just about every book or reference guide on how to use a video camera will give you this wonderful piece of advice.  It is exactly right, but knowing ‘what to shoot instead’ is very difficult if there is not a lot of follow-up advice. So, do you have a problem knowing what to shoot when you can’t Pan and Zoom? Welcome to the tribe. Just about everybody who starts using a video camera or wants to shoot moving pictures of any sort, will most probably have this problem at the beginning. That included me . Good news! Much of what you need to learn does not even require a camera. Learn How We Actually See Things We need to start to see what we see. Read that last line again....
  5. Geoff Stock

    Better Camera Microphone Audio

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    When relying on the inbuilt microphone on your video camera for capturing the sound during recording, quite often the results are very disappointing. You obviously have to keep wind out of the microphone with some sort of a wind cover but many times I see people making a very simple mistake that this little tip will bring to light and is worth keeping in mind. Try to always have some form of headphones as well so that you are aware of when the sound is good or bad. If you would like to fast track your learning check out The Online Video Camera Course. Another Free Video Tip How Long to Let Your Shot Run There is lots more free information in the following articles So You Want to be a Paid Videographer The 4 Biggest Mistake When Shooting Video Why You Don't Know What Shots to Take How to...
  6. Geoff Stock

    Videoing a Phone Conversation

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    This is a simple concept that many people don't think about until after they have shot a scene where two people are talking to each other on the phone. When the footage is edited it doesn't look quite right and this may explain the reason and help you to avoid the problem. The concept relates to the 180degree rule and is similar to when you shoot an interview or a scene with people interacting with each other. If you would like to really fast track your learning check out The Online Video Camera Course.
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    Video Shot Duration

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      Many people, when using their video camera, don't know how long to hold a steady shot. Once you are past the stage of Panning and Zooming and are starting to shoot a series of shots to edit together, here is a small tip on how to keep your shots running long enough to give you choices in the edit. If you would like to really fast track your learning check out The Online Video Camera Course. Another free video tip Improving Your Camera Mike Audio Some other articles that might help you- Why You Don't Know what Shots to Take The 4 Biggest mistakes of New Video Shooters You  May be Destroying the Story with Your Camera
  8. Geoff Stock

    Filming a person making a phone call

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    When setting your camera up to shoot a person making a phone call, here is a quick tip to keep in mind. Quite often if we are shooting footage of people in their workplace we don't have much time to set up shots, so keeping little things like this in mind can help the shoot run smooth. If you would like to really fast track your learning check out The Online Video Camera Course.
  9. Geoff Stock

    Session 1 – The Mindset

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    Thank you for being here, and welcome to the Course. In this first session I am helping you to understand the importance of being able to visualise the potential shots you need to take to tell your story. Becoming aware, everywhere you go, of how you see images and of what those images are, is a good way of knowing what shots you would need to take to share those experiences with others. A great way of extending that awareness of all the single images you are seeing in any situation is to also listen to the sounds that you are hearing and then looking at the source of that sound ie, a machine, fingers on a keyboard, jug boiling, children laughing, birds in the trees, etc. Use your eyes, ears, and brain, to become consciously aware of what you are seeing.
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