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!
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.
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?