Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to Setup and Use the Zoom H6 Audio Recorder

In this video Dominique demonstrates basic setup and operation of the Zoom H6 audio recorder. If you have any questions please call the shop at 858-356-0200 or see

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Triggering record on the Atomos Ninja using HDMI timecode (Canon C100)

In this short tutorial video Dominique shows you how to setup the Canon C100 and Atomos Ninja so that recording will automatically begin on the Ninja when you press the record button on the C100.  If you have question please call the Video Gear at 858-356-0200.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Basic Introduction to Film Lighting Gels (Tutorial Video)

In this tutorial video Dominique introduces us to the basic types of film lighting gels such as CTO, CTB, ND, and cosmetic gels.  If you have any questions please call the shop at 858-356-0200. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

C-Stand Ninja Skills (Tutorial Video)

In this video Dominique show you some of his c-stand ninja skills for on set productivity.  If you have any questions please call us at 858-356-0200...or better yet, come see us in the shop.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tips for Outdoor Lighting

Dominique and I put together a short tutorial today using common grip equipment for controlling light outdoors.  We had an overhead diffuser with Opal, silk, and bleached muslin to control nasty overhead light at mid-day.  We used a silver reflector to add a back light and showed how to create modeling light with scrims and a black solid.

One thing I noticed while reviewing our footage is that silk seems to be a good starting point for overhead diffusion.  The Opal created kind of a blotchy diffusion and still showed the problems of under eye shadows.  Silk seems to keep a bit of the highlights on cheek bones, but the under eye shadows are almost gone.  Muslin was a bit flat for my taste.  I like to have a bit of light shaping a person's face.

Another thing I learned is that back light reflectors need to be much closer than I originally thought, not only for light strength, but for modeling the shoulders and hair on our model.  I think in our case it was about 5 feet back from her.  That provided the correct amount of "halo" effect.

I hope you find these tips useful.  As always please call the shop if you have questions.

A big thanks goes out to our beautiful model Sofiya for frying in the SoCal sun with us today.  It was a sweat bath out there and Sofiya was a true trooper.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tips For Lighting A Green Screen

Dominque and I recorded a short and sweet tutorial about how to light a green screen last Saturday.  I think Dom has potential, but you have to watch the video all the way to the end to understand why.  Everything you see in the video is available for rental.

As always, if you have questions please call the shop. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

How To Setup And Use A Teleprompter

This week last week I was asked to fill in for a friend and help him do a short, but can't wait because the CEO only has 30 minutes available, corporate job while he was out of town.  I'm not normally a corporate shooter, so I kind of scratched my head and said "OK" when he recommended that I rent a teleprompter.  After calling the shop the staff offered to give me a rental tutorial on how to set it up.  Now I'm passing that knowledge along to you.  In the video below Dominque demonstrates how to setup and use a teleprompter.

Of course, if you have further questions just come in for a demo.