How to Shoot an Interview/Tutorial (Under $1,000)


(upbeat music) – Hey, how’s the going guys. Parker Walbeck here with
fulltimefilmmaker.com and today we’re gonna be showing you how to shoot an interview/tutorial with less than $1,000
worth of camera gear. I Did a tutorial about a year ago showing you how to shoot a tutorial, but we used a ton of expensive gear, and a lot of you guys were
complaining about that. So I did some research, found
the cheapest gear possible that I could find. So we gonna be using only cheap gear. I’m gonna be providing links
where you can buy all this, and we’re actually shooting
for a client right now. This is my good buddy, Dallin Cutler. He’s actually my financial adviser, and he is actually creating a course teaching people financial literacy, teaching people how to invest, how to save up for retirement,
how to get out of debt, all that good stuff. And so I’m helping him
put together his course, simply by coming and shooting
his tutorials for him, or at least setting it up for him. So in just five simple steps, we gonna be setting up
all this cheap gear, and show you guys how you
can do it on your own. So let’s get started. Alright, so the gear
we gonna be using today is the Canon M50 with a 15 to 45 kit lens. Again, one of the cheapest
camera set ups that I recommend getting this they gonna
give you high quality video, without breaking the bank. And here it’s sitting on a Geekoto Tripod that I got for $80 on Amazon. You can buy cheaper tripods than this, but if you go too cheap, they get flimsy, and it’s not safe putting a
nice camera on a flimsy tripod. So this is about as cheap as I’d go. And then for lighting, I’ve talked about this
light before that I used in Tanner Townsend’s studio makeover. This is a $100 light fixture, and about $60 worth of lights inside. And we’re just gonna
be using one keylight, and then we’ll be using the
window as our backlight. And then for audio, we have the Blue Yeti. This is a condenser mic that you can get for about $120 on Amazon. So with those four pieces of gear, those are the basics you need to film a high quality video, and all of that comes
in at just under $1,000. And as you’ll see in this video, you can still get comparable images to the image that you could get on a big, expensive set up. Like the one you’re seeing right now, this is my 1dxmii with
a nice L-series lens, so that’s like a $6,000, $7,000 set up, and we’ll show you comparison
side by side at the end to show you that it’s
not just about nice gear, it’s about learning a few things and how to set up the lighting
and the audio and all that. Which we are going to do now. So let’s now talk about
the five simple steps on how to shoot a tutorial
or an interview like this. Our very first step is
going to be Composition. This is where we come
in the room and decide, okay, where should we put the camera. Which is the best angle of the face, where how are we gonna
utilize the natural light. And so when I first come in here, my initial thought is I want to use the window as a backlight. You can use your window
light as a keylight, but the problem with that is
when the cloud coverage comes and the sun comes out, it’s gonna change the
lighting dramatically. And if that’s your keylight,
and you’re filming yourself and you don’t have somebody
changing the settings on your camera back here, then
very quickly your exposure can get blown out or too dark. So I don’t recommend
using natural window light as your keylight. Instead, I recommend buying
at least a cheap keylight that you can use so you
have some consistent light throughout your whole interview, and then just your backlight
will change a little bit. But that’s not as bad as long as your face is exposed properly. But let’s now go into set up, decide where we want to set up the camera and get our composition all dialed in. So Dallin has a desk set up here, pretty standard desk,
he’s up against the wall, he has some nice background stuff here. When I’m looking for
where to set things up, the first thing I’m looking
for is to create some depth. Anytime you can create depth, your image is gonna look
much more cinematic, it’s gonna look more professional. And so I tell people, never put yourself right up against a wall. There is absolutely no depth here. It’s just flat, and so what I’m gonna do is come up against this wall here so that we can see the leading line, see the wall, see some of
this depth of the room here. And I’m gonna try and position Dallin as far away from the
back wall as possible. Now we could move his entire
set up farther this way to create more depth between
him and the back wall, the more separation you
can get from your subject from the back wall, the more shallow depth the field you’re gonna get. So where possible, I
try and get my subject as far away as possible. Now his desk is already set
up here and it looks nice. I don’t wanna ruin that too much, so we’re not gonna do that, not absolutely necessary. I’m just gonna have him
cheat up a little bit and just get as close to this
side of the desk as possible. So he’s gonna pop on the camera so you can see what I’m seeing . Keep in mind, this is the first time I’ve ever used this camera. I bought it just for this tutorial, so I’m learning it right now just to show you that it’s
not that hard to learn. So I’m rolling my camera so
you can see what I’m seeing. This is our current set up, first thing you notice when
you’re looking at this, the lighting is just awful, it’s terrible, garbage lighting. There’s no frontal light, there’s quite a bit of backlight. But here’s a look at the
lights up here, starkly. But there’s just not a lot
of light going towards him, it’s all coming from above. And so you can see the shadows here, what’s being lit up, his nose, his eyebrows,
and the top of his ears, and the top of his head. That’s pretty unflattering
light right there. So we want a better direction of light that’s going to make that look better. So talk about that in a second. But as far as composition goes, let’s take a look at
what we see in the frame. Talk about this a lot, but
when composing an image, it’s not just about what’s in the frame, it’s also about what’s not in the frame. We got a lamp, a plant, a computer, and another plant over here. His office already looks pristine, that’s not always the case, as you guys found out with
Tanner Townsend’s office. So not until we have to do
with arranging anything, but as far as where we
gonna be positioning him, he’s going to be doing
tutorials at his desk, he’s going to be going through softwares that he’s gonna be using. So he’s gonna want access to his computer, so that’s why I also want
him sitting at his computer versus having his chair out here and then filming this way or something. Because now he has the
option to go back and forth between his computer and
looking at the camera. But let’s talk about
framing for a second here. There’s basically two
ways that I would frame somebody talking into a camera. You can either center them up in the very center of the frame, or you can put them on a third and kinda face them one direction
giving them looking room, where you have one third behind their head and two thirds in front of their head. So in this situation, I want to have the computer in the frame because the computer is
going to be a subject in some of these videos. And so we gonna frame
that in on the left third, and then we gonna put Dallin
on the right third here. And then I’m positioning his eyes approximately on the top third. So you don’t wanna have
too much head room up here, and you also don’t wanna
cut off his head at the top. I may see a lot of
people framing like that, where they put the face
right in the middle. There’s just too much space up here, dead space that is unnecessary. Unless you specifically have trophies or something up there that you wanna show. I’m just gonna scoot up the
camera just a little bit here, get a little bit closer. Alright, so framing is
looking pretty solid to me, I’m liking what I’m seeing. There’s only one other
thing that I’m noticing, is in the very right frame, you see that there’s a little crack where you can see the second window. So I’m gonna try and pull
that in just a little bit. Another thing to notice
is we’re about eye level. Usually you don’t wanna
be above the person’s eyes or below the person’s eyes. I’ll typically for my
tutorials actually go a little bit below, but that’s usually when I’m trying to show desk space where I’m doing unboxing
videos and whatnot. So if you need to show something
in the foreground here, like products that you’re showing, but the main focus here is just his face. So we just gonna keep it eye level, keep it natural looking. So there you have it, that’s our framing. Looks good, good composition, that’s step number one. Step number two is going to be lighting. So let’s fix these horrendous nose shadows and make him look better looking than he currently looks. He is a good looking guy, but
you can make anyone look nasty if you just light up their nose. I highly recommend getting
a soft light as a keylight. The bigger the light
source in relationship to the distance to your subject, the softer the shadows are gonna be, and the more flattering
it’s going to look. So typically when lighting up a subject, you want a big, soft light, versus a teeny light that’s
gonna show all the wrinkles and details of their skin. Usually not as flattering, so highly recommend a big keylight. And position wise, let’s talk about where we should position this. I wouldn’t call this a mistake, but I see a lot of people
just putting one light, boom, front center, or
putting one light here and one light here, boom. Lighting up everything evenly. There’s nothing wrong with that, I would just say it looks a
little bit less cinematic, a little bit less professional looking. Because what it does is when you have just frontal light or two lights coming in at the same brightness here, it’s gonna make it so
that there’s no shadows, so there’s no depth. And again, remember that creating depth helps our image look more cinematic, it looks more professional. And so to create depth,
we’re gonna create shadows. So I usually have my
light about 45 degrees from the camera and a little bit above, so that we get a little bit of
a drop shadow under the chin, which is also going to
make your subject look a little bit skinnier, gives some jaw outline detail, Versus if you put it down low, you gonna light up their chin and if they have a double chin, it’s gonna make them look fat. All right, so let’s turn this on. We have two brightness levels here. That’s brightness one,
and that’s brightness two. As you can see, brightness
two is well overexposed, so we just gonna turn it
down just to that one. And I think we’re looking pretty, a lot better than we just were just by bringing in that one keylight. But we are still overexposed, so I’m gonna bring down my ISO. We’ll talk about settings
in just a minute. But we gonna bring this
down just a tad, very nice. So now, our subject is
looking more exposed, so if you look at his face currently, you can see that there’s a
little shadow right here, this is called loop lighting. And then under here,
it’s nice and shadowed. And then the whole side of
the face here is shadowed. So that gives it depth, makes it look a lot more flattering, and then the backlight
here is outlining him from our windowlight, so
that looks nice, as well. And I’m just gonna show you real quick what it would look like
if we did frontal light versus this side light. Our side light, and now
let’s go directly in front. And as you can see, there’s just, there’s no shadows, there’s not depth. Again, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s even lighting, he’s lit well. But I think it looks a little bit better just to bring that light just a little bit over to the side here, cast
a little side shadow there. I like that, I’m feeling
good about the lighting here. Now the only other thing I
would do with the lighting is we still have these lights on up here. Be aware of color temperature. So the outside light is typically gonna be about 5,600 Kelvin, that’s
daylight color temperature. This light here, I believe,
is around 5,600 Kelvin. This is also daylight temperature. So this color is going to
match that color of light. But if you look up here, this
color of light looks orange. So it’s a different color of light. This is about 3,200 Kelvin. And typically when you try and mix color temperatures like that, it’s gonna look a little
yucky in my opinion. So I’m gonna turn off these lights and you’ll see what a difference
it makes there very nice, I’m feeling a lot better about how our image is looking right now, compared to the first image. I’ll put side by side so you
can see the difference there. And so that’s step number two, lighting. I think we’re all set with lighting. Let’s now talk about step number three, and that is our Camera Settings. So currently our settings are ISO 125, aperture is at 3.5, and our
shutter speed is at 1/50th. And we’re shooting at 24
frames per second in 1080p. This camera does shoot in 4k, but for tutorials, it’s really
not necessary to shoot in 4k. So to save on card space,
we’re just doing 1080p at 24 frames per second. And as you can see here,
we have on Face Tracking. This is the one I recommend
when shooting interviews. That’s going to allow
you to keep our subject in focus at all times. Dallin, move closer to the camera here, and you see how he stays in focus. Now move further away, and that tracks him and keeps him in focus
no matter where he goes. So that’s why I recommend Canon because they make their auto focus so nice with the dual pixel, even
in their low-end cameras it works amazing, so highly
recommend using that. As far as shutter speed goes, you want the shutter speed
to be twice your frame rate. We’re filming at 24 frames, so we want the shutter to be at 1/50th. As for the aperture, this lens
can only go down to a 3.5. Ideally we’d bump that down even further to give even more shallow
depth of the field, but it’s not necessary. And a 3.5 is gonna do just fine. And ISO, I just adjusted
to the amount of light, making sure there’s nothing over exposed, and that seems to be at about 125. As for white balance, we are
currently at 5,200 Kelvin. You can see, though, if you go too high here we’re at 7,000 Kelvin, you can see that looks way too warm. And then we’ll show you
this now at 4,000 Kelvin, and you can see that’s way too cool. So your goal with white balance is to make your whites look white. You don’t want your image
to be too cool or too warm. So that’s 5,200 Kelvin. So you can see that it’s really important to make sure you set that white balance. And I often get asked
about my color profile. On these cheaper Canon DSLRs, a lot of what I do is I
come into Picture Style, I use standard, the S here is standard. Go to info, I bring the sharpening
all the way down to zero, I bring my contrast all
the way down to zero, cause typically these cameras don’t have as good of dynamic range, so bringing that contrast down is gonna help preserve some of
that dynamic range in camera. And then I just leave my
saturation and color tone at zero. So that’s pretty much it for color profile on some of these cheaper Canon cameras. And I think that’s it for
all of our camera settings. Moving on now to step
number four is Audio. I always tell people
audio is equally important to the video. One thing I noticed right
when I walked in here is this room has a ton
of reverb, a lot of echo. It’s a small, boxy room
and that’s pretty typical for a small, boxy room is your voice is just gonna reflect back
and forth all over the walls. Which isn’t very good for audio. So the recommendation I’d make to Dallin is to bring some blankets in here and just pad the walls the best you can. Put anything in the room. The more objects you have in the room to keep the voices from reflecting is going to help the echo and reverb. But he also uses this
space to meet with people, and so I don’t want it
to look really weird with all these blankets
draped all over the place, so what you can do to
reduce as much as possible the reverb and the echo in a room is to use a nice microphone, a
nice condenser mic like this. Basically the closer you get
to one of the microphones, the better it’s gonna cut
out all the ambient noise. And so what I’m gonna recommend to him is just put this nice and close, typically I say six to 14 inches is about the distance you
wanna be from the microphone. If you start getting too far away, we gonna have to bring up the volume because you’re too far away, which is then gonna capture the volume of all the echo sound. There is different patterns
here that you can use that are going to pick up
sound in a different way. Some of these are gonna pick up sound from both the front and back. We’re choosing one that’s
only picking up sound from the front, and I see a lot of people pointing this microphone like
this towards their mouth. It’s picking up sound from
where the blue logo is, directly in front, not on top. So talk into this front part. And this is a USB mic, which means it’s just gonna
plug right in to your computer. So Dallin, go ahead and plug
that into your computer. Dallin has a PC, which is troublesome. No, it’s not that bad. I’m just an Apple guy,
and so I use GarageBand to record this audio, but PC
users don’t get GarageBand. So I had him download Audacity, which is a free software that
you can use to record audio. So here we have Audacity. Pretty much all you’re doing
when you get into the software, come up here to this drop down menu and make sure your Blue Yeti
stereo microphone is selected. And then you’re just gonna hit record, and it’ll start recording audio. So Dallin, go ahead and
step up to that mic. Okay, go ahead and give
me some test audio. – Testing, testing, one, two, three. – If you look up here, you
see the audio being metered. This is decibels, it is
measuring how loud that audio is. And it typically want it to be sitting between negative 18 and negative six. Make sure you check that before
you record a whole tutorial and then find out later
that it was all picking at zero the whole time
and it sounds distorted. And the way that you gonna change that is in the back here with the gain level. So I’m gonna just show you an example. We’re gonna turn the
gain way too far up here, have Dallin do another take. – Testing, testing, one, two, three. – Oh look at all that red
and orange that’s showing up. That’s telling you that’s too loud. But we found that it’s
pretty much the bottom here in the gain, you don’t have
to go very much further from the bottom to get a
correct gain level there. Now one thing, if you’re
not gonna be specifically at a desk like this where
you have the ability to set the microphone on the table, another option is a $25 microphone. This one’s called PowerDeWise. Now this is gonna allow you
to actually walk around too. So let’s say you’ve got a whiteboard or something and you’re drawing and then looking at the camera and then coming back here. This is gonna allow you to walk around and not have to be in just
one specific position. It’s not wireless like the
one I’m currently wearing. This is a $600 microphone. But this one is cheap, $25, it’ll still give you decent quality audio, but with the ability to do a
little bit of walking around. Plug it into our audio jack, which is gonna be on the
left side of your camera. If you’re gonna be plugging into a camera, you wanna make sure to use this adapter. You see this has three rings
and this has two rings. And then you’d come clip
this guy onto your subject. I’d have him actually
weave it up under his shirt so it’s not in the shot. We’re not gonna do it now cause we’re not gonna be using this. But then you weave it under
and then just clip it there so it’s as much as
possible out of the shot. So that’s just a way to get backup audio, or if you’re gonna be
walking around a lot, to use that as your main audio. And then within your settings here, you gonna come into your
menu, go to sound recording. Right now it’s currently on auto. You can use auto, but
it is going to pick up more of the ambient noise around you. So I recommend setting this to manual, and then same thing as before, we gonna adjust the gain until
we’re getting the volumes we like sitting between
negative 18 and negative six. So go ahead and give us
some more volume, Dal. – Today I went to school
a and I ate my lunch. – So currently, he’s
clipping way too high, so let’s turn that down, another one, Dal. – Today I went to school
and I ate my lunch. – Still a little bit too high, keep bringing it down, one more time. – Today I went to school
and I ate my lunch. – So audio levels are
sitting pretty nice there between negative 18 and negative six. I’m actually just gonna
lower a sample for you. So Dallin, go ahead and give
me a little sound byte there. – Yeah, so today I went to
school and I rode my bike. And as I was riding my
bike, I hit a puddle and it got all over me. – Okay, so we’re not
gonna use this for Dallin, but just wanted to show you
guys that it is an option. And just so you can compare
to see how it sounds with no microphone coming
straight from camera. Alright, Dallin give me some audio now just straight on camera. – Today I was riding my bike, not going to school
because I’m a grown man. Yeah so today I went to
school and I rode my bike. I went to school the
day and I ate my lunch. Today I was riding my bike. – So listen back to that
audio and you can see how much echo and reverb picks up. So it’s so important to
have a nice microphone. The biggest mistake I see
people making with audio is the microphones just too far away. Even when people are using this, 90% of the people that have a microphone, they’re this far away. That’s like two or three
feet, it’s still too far away. What’s the point of
having a nice microphone if it’s still gonna be
just as far as your camera. Point of a microphone is to
get it closer to your subject so that it’s picking up their voice and not everything else
with it six to 14 inches. I can’t stress that enough
not 24 to 30 inches, six to 14 inches stay nice
and tight to that microphone. Okay, so that’s it for
seven reported the last step is the actual interview process or the filming process. I’m gonna give a few quick tips on how to make yourself presentable. How to make this an easy
process of filming a video. Okay, so Dallin actually really natural, really good on camera. So to have a ton of coaching for him, one thing I usually tell people is to use your hands when you talk makes a little more interesting,
a little bit more engaging, some people will tend to keep
their hands on their side and just look directly the camera and don’t move their face or their head. Facial expressions are
good when you’re talking. I’m actually not very good at that, I’m trying to get better. Raise your eyebrows, move
your mouth, move your head, move your hands, makes it more engaging and come more alive
than just sitting here. Looking staring at the
camera, not moving your face and not moving your hands
and not moving your body. Be passionate about what
you’re talking about. It makes a big difference for people and getting them engaged in the content you’re talking about. One of the recommendations
reasons why I recommend using this camera is because
it has a flip screen. So that’s going to allow
Dallin to now look at himself while he’s filming himself. Now obviously you don’t
want to look at that while you’re filming because
then it’s gonna to look weird, like you’re not looking at the lens. We’re looking just off the lens
but it’s nice to reference. So In between takes
just look at the image, make sure the lighting still looks good if the sun came out make sure
didn’t overexposed anything to make sure that it’s still recording, so flip screen huge. Now people ask me a lot of times when I’m filming a tutorial,
do I mess up a lot. Do I retake or redo things,
the answer is absolutely yes. I’m constantly doing retakes constantly. I mess up a word and then I re-say it. Sometimes I’ll do like five or six takes on the same sentence
because I can’t enunciate it or I didn’t say a word I like correctly. So I’m constantly retaking, that’s really normal guys don’t feel like just because you can’t, you
know, go a whole 10 minutes without saying every line perfectly the way you want to, that you’re not good at it. That’s really normal. Some guys are really good at it. But most of us we gonna
have to do a lot of retakes, and that’s okay, totally fine. Now, one thing I do recommend, if you have a very specific
subject you’re talking about, you know exactly what
content it needs to be, but it’s kind of complex and explaining. I do recommend scripting. I script probably 70, 80% of my videos. Basically get all of my thoughts
out of my head on paper, organize it, condense it,
make it nice and concise that way can deliver your content in its most pure, perfect form. So with scripts, what I recommend getting and this is an unnecessary step. But I personally liked
reading from scripts, this is going to be an additional, I think, $200 to get what’s
called the pad prompter, you can get cheaper versions, I own cheaper versions
that are like 100 bucks, but they’re not very good. This is probably the
one I get if I were you, it’s called a Onetakeonly Pad Prompter. And then we’re just gonna
pop this right in here in front of the lens, but this guy around the lens. And now we can read a script. Somebody putting his script into a app called Promptsmart Pro. This is the app I use
and currently recommend. I’ve used a few apps there’s pros and cons to different apps. But the cool thing about
this app specifically is that it allows you to read
and it automatically scrolls for you as it hears your voice and hears you finish a line and then just gonna slide
your phone right on in there. And there you can see your
script reflecting back to you. So it looks like you’re
looking into the camera but you’re actually reading a script. So down we gonna go and push play which means it’s now going to
be listening for your voice and scrolling as necessary. Alright, so this is now our
first take of filling downs very first tutorial
This is exciting stuff. Okay, go ahead Dallin. (upbeat music) – Okay, so we haven’t
talked in a lot of detail about International
Stocks up to this point, but they can be vital, it makes a lot of sense to
include them in your portfolio and I want to present some
information as to why. – Awesome, Dallin is a natural killing it. Okay only thing I noticed was,
this plant because it’s dark it kind of blends in with his hair, kind of makes it like he has
plume feathers coming out here. So we might want to move this,
just so it doesn’t blend in and kind of helps separate his hair from the background little better. Pay attention to what’s behind people and make sure there’s not, you know, Bunny ears coming out this you
know, making them look funny, but Dallin performance
was killer on point, he is ready to shoot tutorial. So you would do it take
it pop his card out, plug it into his computer,
put it somewhere safe, export out his audio from audacity, pull all that into premiere
or whatever you edit on, sync up the audio with the video, delete the in camera audio,
use only the nice audio and then start chopping
through and we have tutorials in course creator pro
and Full Time Filmmaker teaching you guys all the ins and outs and more tips on shooting
professional tutorials and interviews just like that. But that’s the basics guys. Hopefully those five steps
make it super simple for you. And hopefully, this gives
you some good recommendations on really cheap gear you can use that’s going to make it look super nice without having to break the bank. And in fact, we gonna put
the 1dxmii on right now and show you how it compares in quality. So you can see side by side, on the left there you have the M50. And on the right you have the 1dxmii as you can see, there isn’t
a huge difference in quality that’s a $7,000 setup versus a $600 setup. So do you need nice expensive gear, no. If you’re just shooting for the first time just getting started. Buy whatever you can afford and you can upgrade later as needed. Hopefully this helps you
guys have some confidence that you could pick up some cheap gear do exactly what I just told you to do, and get some great results
right off the that. Also last thing Dallin, who is currently shooting
tutorials for a course as coming out with a
financial insights course and he has a lot of
amazing things to teach to help you guys know how to invest money, how to save up for retirement, basically how to be financially literate. So links are in the description to check out Dallin course as well. And that’s it if you guys
have any further questions, please let me know. (upbeat music)

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I did a "how to shoot interviews" video a year ago, but got a lot of complaints about the cost of the gear so we did the same thing but with less than $1,000 of gear to show that the gear isn't nearly as important as the technical and creative skills. Hope you enjoy 🙂

I have a Sony a6300 16mm 2.8, 18-105 f4 and I for the LIFE of me – with both a 32" octobox and Godox SL60W with or without grid and double diffusion, as well as a NiceFoto 90cm/36cm and a grid and double diffusion get anything that looks like this framing wise. I really need some help with this Parker. I've invested a ton and can't even get the composition satisfactory with the light falloff on my face and I have plenty of room to do so. How much would you charge me to review my setup on Facetime and provide some suggestions? I'd be forever grateful and happy to pay because I'm wasting money and time otherwise. Thanks ahead of time! You can email me on here or comment and I'll email you.

This should be the template for "How To Tutorial" YouTube Videos. Parker delivers all the points needed in each video without the fluff. I have also purchased some of his paid training courses and they are excellent!

Thanks for the video, great work. Only think I would suggest is to use a gray card to do a custom white balance preset for more accurate color. Only costs several dollars for a gray card and takes several seconds to do.

Hey Parker. Always a great video with you man. This is so timely for me especially after a video I did for a client. I know now what gear I need to make it so much better on the next job.

Greeaattt!
Awesome tutorial for shooting interviews 😎
Thanks to you, i increase my knowledge of English 👍
Good Luck

WOW! Love the video cutting to audio! Tutorial is clear, concise, and gets right to the point! MOST instructional videos on the web are rambling, "Now, let see what's in the box?" -A waste of time. These unprofessional egocasts have virtually no professional techniques. And, they are supposed to be sharing advice on, "How to…" something professionally. In contrast, Parker nails it EVERY TIME, in all of his videos. MANY thanks!

People like you are putting community colleges out of business. I want my money back for sure. I didn't even learn this stuff in 2years.

Composition? Farme is „growing” of his head. Do you think this mic is the best choice for beginner „videomaker”?

Bravo. I started learning videography to make dance tutorials, and eventually started to get hired for small projects and interviews. I learned a TON from your channel.

I use a 300$ 700D with magic lantern hack, a nifty 50 and a 80$ light (Along with the bulbs) to shoot my videos. Check them out and tell me what you think of my cheap setup.

I feel you on those retakes. Happens to me as well. Which is probably why my edits take twice as long as they should to edit 😅

Thanx for that great advise
I went to buy those lav mics off your link but amzone says there no longer available. Can you send me another link

FWIW, I replaced all my regular bulbs with the Lumiman bulbs from amazon. They’re WiFi and RGB, and I just set them all to 5600K, so I still get a little extra light but same color.

The videos you make now are for beginners. I really enjoy you're vidoes but dont really learn anything from them anymore. Can you please make som really advanced tutorials?

The content is great, but it is too shaky. I know that filming handheld is more natural, but I couldn’t finish to see the tutorial because it made me feel sick 🤢 please use something to stabilise the movie, in some points it is so shaky that you cannot even watch it!

I would love an episode of „how to expose properly or nailing exposure“ because thats the most important thing, also for color grading! Thanks

Our business is moving into the online space – after scouring many tutorials on YouTube this is hands down the best condensed value in 24 minute by far! Brilliant work Parker!

Awesome tutorial. There is one place where “lighting from everywhere” works: Beauty tutorials. You can still have ratios for it not to look super flat, but usually the makeup artists prefer that look to the more dramatic ones. Also, for the audio: Reaper. It’s a professional DAW, like Logic Pro. It’s got an unlimited trial.

Loved the tutorial – straight to the point, direct, no bs and full of useful tips and information. Looking forward to more videos always!

Hallo Parker I wonder If you can give me some advice I want to buy my first cinema camara I have a budget of 1000 dollars but this will include my lense and gear so camara is about 700 to 800 I want to buy the zcam e2c and wonder what is your opinion on it

Don't forget with window light clearly visible that if you have to do a lot of edits in their dialogue you'll have to contend with a lot of clip to clip brightness changes if its a mixed sunny/cloudy day…no fun!

Everytime when I watch your older Video, I have to laugh because you are explaining normally, but around you, there are standing over ten guys with cameras around…

Dear Parker, Thank you for all the tutorials , presets and inspiration. I have made an attempt to create my first travel video taking inspiration from people like you.

I have also given you credits in my video. Here is link to it https://youtu.be/PWMKS2ahokM

Kindly have a look at it. Thank you 🙂

Thanks for the great video! I love your channel. It's true about gear… I made over $10k last year with a Canon SL1, a rode videomic pro and a broken tripod. You can make $$$ without a huge investment in gear.

Wow! Great video man. This really helped. I'm looking to do an interview type video this week. Look forward to trying some of this stuff out. 😎🤙

Lots of super useful tips, thanks for sharing them. I'll be recording my first vlog episode in the next days (hopefully) and this information has come very handy!

Always great 👍 I learn lots from this guy he help me to get the course I am never forget his help.

BEWARE NEWBIES! Those fluorescent bulbs are cheap for a reason, GREEN CAST. You'll notice they put out a green tint on your subject. You can sort of fix it in camera or in post. If you can afford a used Kino Diva 401 on Ebay that would be a better choice. Excellent color out of those.

No wonder why This video were recommended to me because I literally suck lighting things properly. It helped me so im paying 💰 with likes and comments 😉

Wow! I do not give out accolades easily or often but this video was great with everything one would want in a youtube video tutorial, great relevant subject (video interviews on a budget), no time wasted always a new relevant take home point coming at me, and your expertise is very evident and comes through as your desire to inform your audience without talking down to or in a condescending manner to your audience, truly you did a great job!

hey i am from india. you are very helpful for me. please one more tutorials in backgraund music ……note shooting background sound…..but editing background sound and music's ……and obviosly free music…….love love

Hey Parker, I was wondering on your tutorials other than YouTube if you have a system to train people for only photography. And also your friend you were talking about your financial advisor where he has his videos? I just want you to look at The company I work for. LightSpeed VT. Just click on my link and check out what we can possibly do for you. NewMexicoLSVT.com

Big tip: AutoFocus is never reliable, no matter the camera. It's great when you're vlogging, walking around or filming an event. If your subject is static, just set manual focus and leave it like that. Everyone has their own preference though…

Great vid. FWIW there are several wireless lav mics that can be found on Amazon for under a hundred bucks. In my case, I found one with 2 wireless mic/transmitter setups to 1 receiver plugged into my camera (can also be plugged into a phone), for 70 bucks. I haven't tested it out yet but the videos posted by previous purchasers show the audio sounds pretty decent. Def better than shooting with a shotgun mic and way better than built in mics.

Great video. *Really* helpful. FWIW: (1) a nice Turkish rug on the wall (good looking and inexpensive varieties widely available) would help sound and look cool for a financial adviser; (2) the lav mike would also help sound quality; (3) the teleprompter, while adding cost, greatly reduces editing time–also adds to quality by avoiding excessive cuts; (4) "cheap" is not what a M50 owner like me likes to hear, especially, given the comparison of results with the 1DX; and (5) might have been helpful to explain about using a clap to sync sound between the Audacity track and Camera Card (and the need to leave the on-camera sound rolling on the M50) to help newbies like me save some aggro.

Oh, year, one more thing: an inexpensive set of fabric covered blinds for the windows would greatly improve the background.

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