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8 Basic Video Camera Movements You Should Know

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Videography

Video Camera Whether you’re new to videography or have some experience, perfecting camera movement is both a skill and an art. Video camera movement can help you to achieve a number of engaging effects; however, if it isn’t done well, the effect can be jarring and distracting. Video camera movement can be used to help make a subject look larger or smaller. It can add drama, visual interest, create a narrative, and help to tell your story. Camera movement techniques can be achieved with a mounted camera, a camera moved manually along by the videographer, or by moving the camera lens only. Video camera accessories can help to facilitate effective camera movement whether you want a smooth or dramatic effect. Practice is the key to success; use these videography tips for perfecting camera movement in your shots:

Using Floordrops for Cute Newborn Portraits

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Baby & Child Photography, Floordrops

floordrops What’s cuter than a peacefully sleeping newborn baby? Perhaps one snugly swaddled in a soft cloth wrap, bundled in a rustic bowl or even dressed in a sweet teddy bear hat. What about placed on a vintage wooden floor? We’ve seen our photography floordrops popularly used for newborns and baby portraits, especially our rustic and distressed wood styles. The vintage look is very popular in portrait photography and these studio floordrops can help you, as a photographer, set any scene you wish to make each and every portrait session unique. Check out these 5 BE customer photos featuring one of our popular floordrops and tell us which one is YOUR favorite!

Product Spotlight: Charcoal Gray Fabric Backdrop

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photography Backdrops, Product Reviews

Charcoal Gray Fabric BackdropPhoto Courtesy of Melissa P Photography

The color gray is one of the most popular and basic headshot backgrounds photographers have used throughout the decades. While white typically connotes cleanliness and innocence and black gives off a sense of drama or sophistication, gray is the most neutral shade to fit any kind of subject well. Often used in fashion photography, many photographers find it convenient to be able to easily alter their gray background to a lighter or darker shade by changing their lighting setup. Our Charcoal Gray Fabric Backdrop is a top seller among BE customers, who believe one of its biggest advantages is its wrinkle-resistance. If stored rolled or loosely folded when not in use, our solid color fabric backdrops will only require a quick steam from time to time to keep them looking their best. The poly/poplin matte fabric is easily cleaned, durable and available in a wide variety of beautiful colors. Here’s what a few Backdrop Express customers have told us about their new gray fabric backdrop as well as some photo inspiration submitted by our customers!

5 Video Camera Accessories for Higher Quality Footage

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Videography

Video Camera Accessories  Whether you’re just shooting family videos at home or are planning to venture into professional videography, there are a number of helpful video camera accessories that can help make the process much easier. One of the most beneficial videography tips is to pick up a camera stabilizer. Stabilizers have multiple benefits that will immediately increase the quality of your work and make shooting video much more enjoyable. If your equipment is heavy or you’re prone to having shaky hands, it can be very difficult to achieve a still and stable shot on your own. A camera stabilizer can take care of this variable for you while also helping to hold other peripherals like a microphone or lighting. In addition to stability, a camera stabilizer lets you swivel quickly during action footage, allowing for smooth transitions (instead of that shaky “Blair Witch Project” effect.) Positioning is also a breeze; whether your shot is high in the air or close to ground level, simply tilt the arm accordingly. Universal mounting plates on most stabilizers allow you to add your favorite microphone, strobes, and more. If you’re looking for videography tips, consider these five video camera accessories: