If you plan to do a voice-over on a video, there are a few ways to get that big studio sound in your amateur film without the big studio usage fees. This episode of Jim Shorts gives you a look inside Jim Shorts, at how I do some voice-over work, and how you can do the same thing for next to nothing.
Howard Lederer, Phil Gordon, Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth talk about their experiences playing against aggressive amateurs.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in what we're filming that we forget that how we're filming is also important. Use these tips to spice up your amateur film making and change around your camera angles.
This video show you how you can add a fake ghost to an amateur film or home video.
This video gives you some advice for beginning your hobby in amateur astronomy and how to use a planisphere and a pair of binoculars in this Amateur Astronomy for Beginners - Planisphere and Binoculars.
This video provides nifty tips on how you can shoot amateur film scenes underwater using a fish tank.
In this episode of Jim Shorts, you can take a look at the flow, or screen direction aspect of your video. Knowing how to use screen direction can help you move your story along. Not knowing how to use it can disrupt your story, or bring it to a halt altogether. Use these handy tips to help out your amateur film making.
This tutorial will show you basic keyframe and animation techniques for amateur film making.
Tom Skowronski teaches us how to shoot a good video. Look before shooting so you have a more controlled movement. Hold camera steady at all times. Move the subject in front of the camera and turn the camera mans back to the sun to illuminate the subject. . Give nose room for a more professional look. Have a full frame and no dead space to have a natural looking video. Cut off at head to have a full frame. Following Tom Showronski's video-making advice can lead to a professional-looking video....
Three point lighting is the standard used to illuminate a subject for amateur film, video, and even theater application.
The difference between a professional put and an amateur put is in the finish of the put. The professional moves his shoulders directly parallel to the target line while moving his eyes instead of his head to follow the ball. The amateur swivels their entire body to follow the ball which creates an inaccurate shot. This movement lifts the body which completely messes up a shot. For practice you can practice swinging your putter exactly the same path of a straight line. This will help create a...
In this puppetry tutorial, learn how to fix a broken stop motion animation armature that suffered massive limb loss. This how to video is done by an amateur for amateurs who need help repairing their damaged armature. Instead of rebuilding from scratch, watch this video and fix your armature puppet to continue filming your stop motion animation piece. Don't forget your your eye goggles!
The way you add icing to a baked good shows whether you're an amateur baker or one with professional cake decorating chops.
This is possibly one of the easiest Halloween cupcakes you will ever make. But that doesn't mean these cupcakes are going to look simple or amateur. In fact, these ghoulish Halloween treats are super cute and will impress little ladies and goblins at any Halloween party.
In photography, good lighting can mean the difference between an amateur shot and a professional quality portrait. Whether you're taking photographs outdoors or in, using lighting to your advantage creates an artistic, flattering effect.
The first lesson you'll need to learn if you want to ride a horse is how to get on it. Attention amateur equestrians-you've got to know how to mount that horse if you want to learn how to ride. Whether you want to be a cowboy, cowgirl, or an English rider, this video riding lesson will teach you how to get back in the saddle.
In this video tutorial from 8BITches, 8BIT Ché explains how he uses Little Sound DJ, or LSDj,—the Game Boy/Game Boy Color tool of choice for amateur & professional musicians and composers—to make hot beats! Big Pick Zel expounds on his knowledge of Gameboy history, and Li'lBIT eats dinner. For more information on making beats with LSDj and a Nintendo Game Boy, watch this video tutorial.
This tutorial video will show you how to make fake blood that looks great as a movie prop, or a Halloween costume. This is a great video for amateur film makers and costume enthusiasts alike.
Want to get started in rocketry? You can buy launch kits from a hobby store, as well as a few rocket engines and an igniter. Once you have acquired these items, this tutorial will show you how to make a rocket body and launch your creation into the sky.
This video will show you how you can make fake blood for your amateur videos if you need anyone to be shot. The materials used are fake blood, a condom, and a model rocket fuse and a firecracker. With this video you can stick a squib just about anywhere to make the best fake gunshot wounds possible.
An EMF detector lets you pick up on electromagnetic fields, a useful tool if you're into amateur ghosthunting. To make this, you will need some wire, a resistor, and an LED. You will also need an Arduino to use as a controller.
NN-XT is a feature included with the Reason software which allows both professional and amateur DJs to create their own samples. Here's a detailed tutorial to show you just how this software works when you want to start sampling and remixing your own music. You can even clean up errors and glitches in a vocal track.
Are you an amateur gardener, and looking forward to the next thing to plant? Why not plant potatoes? They're hardy, delicious, and don't require too much care. Watch this video to learn how to plant and grow potatoes in a container. At the end of it, you'll always have a great harvest and side dishes for dinner!
Golf Pro Kevin Beukema gives amateur Bobby Gromala a few quick keys to a better sand bunker game in golf. Hit the links prepared to get at least par with these great golf tips from the pros. Stay out of the sand trap and in the hole or on the grass.
Watch this photography tutorial for an out of the box look at the Lomography 35mm film back for the Diana+ and Diana F+. It's great to have a vintage film camera, but these days most of the individual camera parts are mysteries to the amateur photographer. Have fun learning to use your Diana camera.
This instructional photography video teaches the basics of the Nikon photo camera in this hands-on demonstration of Nikon's amateur-grade SB-600 speedlight. Watch this video and start taking more professional looking photos. This tutorial is great for photography enthusiasts.
Watch this instructional photography video that shows how to build a useful, inexpensive tripod for the amateur photographer on a budget. This tripod will be more useful than most commercial tripods with only a plastic bag full of beans. The result is a stable, useful extension with minimal photographic inhibitions that works on any surface. A great how to video for the amatuer photographer.
This video will give you tips on how to make your very own fake wall that is perfect for smashing, thrashing, or just plain old throwing people through. This backyard special effect should really spice up your amateur film making. Just be careful, this fake wall can sometimes look like a real wall.
In this Genhead two-part video tutorial, we'll look at how to refine the markup of the head in the main window.
In this Genhead video tutorial, you'll see how to select the appropriate photograph and take photographs correctly with a digital camera so that they work well in Genhead.
In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to use Genhead 3.1 to create a lifelike head from photographs.
This 3ds Max video tutorial will show you how lighting, like omnilights, mental ray rendered lights, skylights, and many more, can make the difference between amateur and pro. Take some time to learn the standard lights as digital modelers/sculptors/animators.
This video provides tips on better shooting at night for amateur film making.
Several great YouTubers have had their accounts suspended for illegally using copyrighted music from those easily agitated big record labels. This episode of Jim Shorts covers places you can go to find awesome music for your videos that won't end your YouTube career.
This video focuses on improving your video's general color thanks to the feature known as white balancing.
This video provides a handy guide for modifying bright studio lights with dimmer switches. This video is quite handy for the amateur film maker who is tired of the harsh light from his studio lights.
See how to align the finderscope with the primary optics in this brief tutorial on your telescope. Watch this Amateur Astronomy for Beginners - Telescope Finderscopes.
Here, you'll see the use of red light to preserve your night vision, in Amateur Astronomy for Beginners - Red Light. Bright lights could make it harder for you to see those stars, so use red light, because the rods in your eyes can take it better.
Learn the basic information on eyepieces for your telescope, so you can gaze at the stars correctly in Amateur Astronomy for Beginners - Eyepieces. Learn the difference between low, medium, and high power eyepieces.
Rob "Riki Tiki" Roy takes the amateur bartender through the steps of making the Screwdriver, the Sloe Screw, the Sloe Comfortable Screw, the Sloe Comfortable Screw Up Against A Wall, and the Harvey Wall-Banger. Also, a Hanukkah treat! You'll need vodka, sloe gin, Southern Comfort, Galliano, and orange juice. Start making some cocktails.