One of my first attempts
Improvements 6 months later
Memory – You don’t get very far on the memory provide without an SD card and in some cases you lose functionality of high definition pictures and video. I purchased a 32GB card and I strongly recommend shopping around for the best deal. I bought mine at Best Buy when they went on sale for a fraction of retail price. 32GB will get you plenty of shooting time and if you decide to get into fly fishing videos you’ll be set.
Stand – No need to get crazy here a small inexpensive stand will work. If you think you’ll use it outdoors the GorillaPod is a clever setup.
Computer – A MacBook Pro would be great, but most anything with an SD port and internet connection will work. I produce mine on a Dell Inspiron and most MS Office packages will include video editing software.
Editing Software - I use Windows Live Movie Maker which, while not the most sophisticated, has all the functionality I need. If you are looking for something more robust I recommend CNet for all my tech reviews.
Settings – When I started filming I struggled to find the right settings to make a clean video. On the camera I use the Auto setting which adjusts to the conditions and allows me to shoot in SuperMacro mode. Unfortunately in SuperMacro the focus is locked so I lose the ability to zoom in and out and rely solely on the camera proximity. One drawback is the unsolicited adjustments. If you watch my videos at times it will go out of focus for a moment especially when wrapping materials in front of the lens. While I don’t have a perfect system these settings provide a clearer close up than relying on a manual zoom off Macro.
Lighting – Lighting can make or break a video and this was one of the areas I over thought. In my earlier videos I used a small light box and tied in it. Unfortunately it took up a lot of space on my bench which wasn’t a sustainable option and ultimately the end product was still poorly lit (I do still use it for my gear review photos). My fly tying room has southern exposure so I removed the box and the results with natural light were much better. Cloudy days are still a challenge, but be careful when adding light sources as shadows are tough to eliminate.
Background – My background is simple; I tape a piece of blue craft foam to my bench. I can easily swap it out depending on the color of my patterns and allow easy access to all desk compartments.
Commentary – I talk while I tie and at times tend to ramble and feel the need to talk too much. I’m working on keeping the instructions simpler and direct. Another option is to record the video without commentary and add in a text or voice over in the editing stage.
Picture of flies – I always take a picture of the finished product and add it in to the video. One of the advantages of using a digital camera over a video camera is the ability to capture video and still with the same device. If you are looking for a great series of articles on how to take better pictures of your patterns I recommend visiting Martin Joergensen’s Better Fishing Pictures: Flies.
Mistakes – Rarely can I make a video in one take. It usually takes me a couple tries to get everything right. If you don’t mind editing you can keep going and edit out mistakes later, but for me I’d prefer to start from the beginning and record it in one continuous shot.
Music – I’m not 100% on the rules to adding music, but my assumption is you either need to create an original piece, get permission or find Public Domain music. I opted for the later. Public Domain music is available for all to use without concern of copyright laws. I found a great site for downloads and a collection of newly updated music: http://freepd.com/.
Fly Tying Websites – In addition to your personal social media there are plenty of places to share your creations. Here is where I post mine: On The Vise, Global Fly Fishing, Tying Bug, Fly Tying Forum and Tumblr.