Given the technological nature of today’s social landscape, it should come as no surprise that an unprecedented amount of digital video is being captured and broadcasted for the world to see. It seems everyone these days is either an aspiring film maker, Youtuber or video blogger. Thankfully, the instruments required to compile footage are more accessible than ever. But as more people look to today’s editing programs to refine and edit their work, a glaring lack of understanding into the technical fundamentals of editing has emerged in a manner that is disconcerting to pretentious connoisseurs like myself.
I remember the first time someone asked me to run a mixing board. How on earth is anyone not supposed to be overwhelmed by all those knobs and sliders? It is actually not as hard as it seems. Any audio mixer essentially offers the same controls over and over again depending on how many channels it hold. Beyond each channel, there are some common settings that you’ll find on almost all mixers. This guide should help you understand the common settings you’ll find on almost all mixers so that the next time you’re tasked with mixing you won’t be as overwhelmed as I was.
With professional studio equipment becoming more available and the growing popularity of do-it-yourself YouTube channels as a means of income, understanding acoustics and sound management is more necessary than ever. If you’ve heard the difference between a band recorded in a garage compared to a band recorded in a studio, there is no question about it. The proper management of acoustics is paramount when it comes to audio recording. There are a range of things you can do to control the acoustics in your space and this guide should help you understand the physics of sound and what you can do to manage it.
Learning how to play the drums is doable. The drum set is a very unique instrument. It requires tremendous amounts of dexterity, precision and coordination while also requiring a great internal sense of pulse and tempo. You often hear people say that they don’t have one of those characteristics so they could never be a drummer but like any other musical instrument, all of these skills can be developed over time and anyone can eventually become a great drummer; even you!
A common question for first time digital SLR (DSLR) owners is what is the ISO setting on your digital DSLR camera and how do you use ISO? When it comes to digital camera specifications in general, this particular concept can be quite confusing for some (it was for us when we first started, at least). ISO stands for International Standards Organization and it a standardized scale to measure sensitivity to light. The scale begins at 100 ISO, which means not so sensitive, and ranges to 1600 ISO depending on your camera, which means extreme sensitivity to light. To simplify, ISO determines if your image will be light or dark. So, how do you know when to set which setting? Firstly, understanding that there are three major settings to consider when taking a photo, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, will help you determine which ISO setting to choose. When you begin to understand these three pillars and different lighting options, it will all click, but for now, let’s dive deeper into ISO and how to set your ISO camera setting properly.