A Peek At My Filming Setup.

Yesterday, before filming my latest tutorial, (can you guess which book 🙂 ) I decided to click off a few photos for those of you who have asked me about how I film my videos.  In the very beginning the first few books I reviewed, which I did because I was challenged to when I lamented that there were so many videos featuring Johanna’s Basford’s admittedly wonderful ‘Secret Garden’ and so few of any other colouring books, were filmed while shakily holding my Nokia 1020 smart phone over my desk.  And yes, my hand was cramping towards the end of each.  I graduated to mounting my camera on an old tripod we dug up to save my poor hand and improve the quality of the videos.  Then, one day, my wonderful, supportive hubby presented me with a real video camera!

FilmCamera

I persevered with filming at my desk but soon found trying to mount the camera above my limited work space along with my light was just too cramped.  So I moved into the dining room which gave me both better natural lighting  and much more space to spread myself out.  Also I’m a little more isolated from the rest of the house which means my family does not have to tip toe around quite so much while I’m filming.  As you can see my solution for getting the camera shots front on is to over balance the tripod forward and then weight the long leg with a mallet and a box of marbles to stop it from tipping over.  Terribly sophisticated!  We’re working on a mounting solution for that that won’t endanger my precious camera.  Lighting is also another thing we’re working on.  We are still researching different kinds of lights and rigs to give us the best natural looking light while avoiding shine and glare.  For now I’ve got quite good at setting this up and packing it away.  It only takes me a few minutes now so that we can mostly still eat at our table.

FilmMischief

Occasionally my work is interrupted by small, furry family members.  Emi conducts the all important (to ratties anyway) nibble test on my ivory Polychromos.  Emi… there is an apple in the back ground!  Isn’t that more appetizing, you crazy fuzz ball?

31 Comments

  1. Jo

    Fascinating – I wondered how you filmed these videos…so interesting – Truly appreciate your talent and being so generous in sharing your knowledge. I like your little pet. He chose the pencil over the apple, too funny. Thank you again

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  2. Sharon

    Thanks for a peek at the filming of the videos. I am learning so much from you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your God given talent.

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  3. Joyce

    Now we know the REAL reason that Ivory pencil is so short. Lol

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  4. Susan

    What great use for a mallet!
    I think all your videos look great and the lighting is just fine.
    All though I am just a beginner.
    To think all I wanted to do was put some color on the page between the lines and then along came Peta!

    Hope you are having a great Easter.

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    1. Phyllis Stuart

      That’s exactly right! That was how it was for me also! 🙂

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  5. Nicole

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I struggle with creating quality videos with my phone that have good lighting and a helpful angle. I’m hoping to rig something for a better angle than what I’ve done in the past. Based on the quality videos you produce, you’d never know how “sophisticated” the behind the scenes set up is!

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  6. Paula

    Loved this look behind the scenes. I’m laughing at just how perfectly the pencil fits into Emi’s little claw. 🙂

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  7. Kris

    I’m so happy to see Dagdrömmar on your desk!! I adore Hanna Karlzon’s artwork in this book and I can’t wait to see your brilliant coloring applied!

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    1. Melvina Grose

      Same here. I just bought this book also and I am very excited to see what Peta does to make her beautiful line work come to life.

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  8. Phyllis Stuart

    Thank you for sharing. It’s interesting to see how you prepare to share your inspiring videos. I just laughed out loud to see your furry friend & know why your pencils have little bites out of them! I’d been wondering about that! Ha! A previous comment mentioned how she had been happy just to put color between the lines then you came along… I couldn’t agree more that was me too! Seeing what you do with colored pencils is amazing & inspiring. I didn’t like using colored pencils until I saw what you could do with them. Now I’m trying to learn how to use them to get the results you do. I’m a long way from being as talented as you are but it’s so much fun trying! Happy Easter, Peta! Blessings to you from Mississippi!

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  9. Luz

    I really must say how much I agree with everyone here. First you think aha I’ll just try this out to have something fun to do with my daughter but than we came across Peta along our path and we have never been the same. Hehe ??
    We love your work and we appreciate all the hard work you and your husband do in making the videos for us to enjoy.
    It has been a wonderful journey fun of adventures. Can’t wait to see where you take us next.
    Your work touches so many people that it even Emi wants to color. ?

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  10. Maureen Hayes

    Thanks for sharing the behind the scene with us! I can’t imagine how much work it must be to make, upload and plan videos, but I am SO grateful to you and your hubby for all you do to get us such great ones! I loved seeing your little ratty with the pencil in his paw (and mouth). Each time you showed that pencil and the chew mark I wondered how it got there, now I know ? You are so very talented and we are all blessed that you have chosen to share that with us. Thank you. Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  11. Tammy

    Peta, what set of derwent artist pencils do you have, 72 or 120? Also, may I ask if you’ve used the derwent studio pencils? Looking at the derwent website, it states that artist and studio are the same pencils, just a smaller core on the studio. Are the derwent artists a soft pencil or a bit harder, in your opinion (reviews and comments I’ve seen range from softer than prismas to harder than crayola)? Though I have polychromos and prismacolor (both the verithin and premier) (and also Marco raffine and the koh i noor woodless, neither of which I care for), I’m looking for something a bit different. On my “bad” days (I have lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain from RSD), I’ve noticed it is difficult for me to color decently with my “good” pencils, however, I seem to do ok, though it isn’t my best work, with my crayola pencils. I wonder if it is perhaps because they are a bit harder, and/or have a bit smaller core, otherwise, I have no idea why this might be. Have you heard any comments like this before? Would you have any thoughts about some pencils I might try? I wish I could try the micador ones, but they’re very expensive to get here in the US since we can only get them from eBay or pay huge postage.
    Thank you for your videos, reviews, and color alongs-the videos you’ve done at regular speed and the color alongs have been the most helpful for me, but I’ve definitely learned from all of your videos and writings. I appreciate any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions you might have on pencils.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Tammy. My Derwents are a set of 72 in the wooden box that were bought for my almost thirty years ago. Derwents are the hardest of all the Artist quality pencils and are designed to be used with multiple light layers. I would not recommend them for anyone who has issues with hand pain. I think you have the best two types of pencils right there for you… The Prisma’s because they are so soft and the Poly’s because I personally feel they are the best. I know that people have been getting good results with water colour pencils with or without adding water. water colour pencils are softer than the normal pencils and blend nicely. Faber castell Albrecht Durer pencils are the best water colour pencils but there are many good brands to try. If you have an art supplies store near you try testing their open stock by buying a few pencils of those that look promising and see which you like first before committing to a set.

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    2. Michelle Wadeson

      In response to Tammy’s comment – I suffer from Lupus, RA etc so totally relate to what Tammy is saying. I have found the pencil that works best for me on bad days are Caran d’ Ache Pablos and if I were to choose only one set it would be Pablos all the way. I have also found Marco RENOIR works well for me – there is a 72 set on eBay. CP’s are like handbags though – it’s very much a personal thing so yes, always try open stock if you can.

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      1. Tammy

        Thank you, Peta, for your kind and informative reply. Ahh, Michelle, it’s nice to have a suggestion from someone who’s “been there, done that”, though I wish it wasn’t so for you. I have a set of the Marco raffines, but didn’t like them really, but they are also horribly scratchy sounding. Caran d’ache is a brand I haven’t tried, but have seen only favorable comments. I’ll definitely have to look into them, perhaps I can find a few open stock to try. Yep, cp’s are just like handbags, and I always tell people to try a brand themselves. However, I appreciate hearing what works best for others in a similar situation to mine. Thank you for your comment and suggestion, too. I greatly appreciate the feedback from both of you ladies.

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        1. Chaypeta (Post author)

          You’re right Tammy. Everyone has their own preferences. I even know some people who don’t like Polychromos. lol. Presently I’m lovin’ Colleens for budget priced pencils, apart from their breakage issues. Although the grinder style sharpener I use now mostly controls that. Marco Raffines are definitely a harder cored pencil with less pigment… as are almost all budget style pencils. Artist pencils will always be better. I’ve heard that Marco Renoir pencils are their better brand. more expensive and a side by side comparison I saw of them showed the pigment to be markedly softer and richer.

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  12. Daniele

    Hi Peta, like all the other comments, again thank you for taking the time to teach all of us. Do you ever use watercolor pencils? I just bought a beautiful book by Eriy called “Romantic Country”. The pages are thicker and Eriy tells us that we can use watercolor pencils in it. To me the book just screams WATERCOLOR! I have been investigating these type of pencils and found that Faber Castell Albrecht Durer are supposed to be good. Any advice on what to buy? Do you think you could give a tutorial using watercolor pencils? I have seen your tutorial on Derwent Inktense pencils bur nothing on just watercolor pencils. Love all that you show us. Thanks from Wisconsin USA

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  13. Tracy

    Peta, thank you for being so generous in sharing your knowledge – and your time and your husband in putting together your videos. I’ve learned so much and regularly go back and review different videos. It’s really noticeable how the filming and editing are evolving as you both get more experience 🙂 I take a lot of photography classes (when I’m not working or coloring hahaha) and we’ve had some interesting discussions in there about “professional” lighting versus using things like shop lights from the hardware store – and we often use the “homemade” lighting system for our studio set-ups. There are definitely some creative workarounds and I love the photo of your home system 🙂 I always enjoy when a new Peta video comes out – I learn so much from the “how tos” but have to admit that your coloring book reviews are my favorites! I just like hearing your comments about how you might do a particular picture – thank you again!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      You’re welcome. 🙂 We may have sold the lighting problem. My husband has been in discussions with professional photographers and filmographers and we may have found our solution.

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  14. AStrid

    Aha, so that’s wehere the nibbles of your pencils are coming from, I thought you did that, LOL!!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Lol, i never get that hungry.

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  15. Marcia

    You’d be surprised what professional photographers do to their tripods to get the shot just right.

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  16. Patsy Brown

    Hello, Peta. I live in the United States, and have just started adult coloring. After “stumbling across “your instructional videos on YouTube, I am learning so many wonderful techniques! Thank you for sharing your great talents, and will be looking for more of your videos in the future.

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  17. Jen

    Hi Peta! I’m a huge fan and love all of your artwork. I have a quick question for you… Do you have the Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden ARTIST’S EDITION: 20 Drawings to Color and Frame coloring book? I’d love to see a review on it (especially before I buy it… I’m the type who researches before I buy due to the fact that I’ve purchased and been very unhappy with a few couple coloring books in the past and don’t hope to repeat it.) I don’t know how long it has been out. I know the Enchanted Forest Artist’s Edition doesn’t come out until May 3, 2016. I don’t think I’ve seen a review on it by you but maybe I missed something but if you do have it, that would be awesome if you could do a review on it. But don’t go out buying it just cause I asked… Unless you want it as well. 🙂 Just if you have it and wouldn’t mind doing a review. I love your thorough and detailed reviews. They’ve educated me on several purchases and I love the quality of your videos. But it’d be awesome to see a review on the artist’s edition. Thanks a bunch! Happy coloring!!!!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Jen. My husband recently bought me a copy of the Secret Garden Artist edition. I haven’t had time to colour in it yet as i have a backlog of books lined up for review. I will eventually do one but it will be some weeks away.

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      1. Jennifer Thomas

        Yay! I’m super excited… I always want to tare out and hang some of my completed pieces but don’t want to start tarring at my books so I’m excited to check it out. No rush. There’s so many coloring books out now… I just don’t know how you do it all. But thank you for responding and I look forward to checking out a review some time from now.

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  18. Rebecca McMahon

    I *love* the mallet and the box of marbles. It’s like a game of mousetrap!

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  19. harman

    So my theory is if I keep on watching your videos I’ll eventually understand what to so

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      It’s a good theory. It’s how I learnt how to crochet. 🙂

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  20. Kelly - CrazyRatLady

    RATTIEEEEESSS!!! <3 Been following you on youtube from the beginning, and squeeked when I saw you also had rats ^^

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