The Best Gear for On-the-Go

Picture this: You’re about to go on the destination footage trip of a lifetime, but you can’t bring all of your favorite equipment with you—we’ve all been there. Which camera should I bring? Will I need this lens or that one? Next thing you know, you’re sitting on your luggage, using all your strength to fit the zipper around your folded up tripod. Traveling can be stressful—especially if you’re a videographer or photographer. Not only do you want to make sure you have the right gear, but you also want to make sure it stays safe. … Read more about The Best Gear for On-the-Go

Top 25 Most Awe-Inspiring Drone Footage Shots

There is a photographic revolution happening in the skies above us. Aerial footage that would have once cost thousands of dollars to capture can now be shot more affordably than ever. Similar to the camera or the lighting rig, drones have become invaluable tools for videographers and photographers alike, allowing for perspectives that required a helicopter or crane in the past. By opening the capabilities of flight to a whole new class of independent filmmakers, drones are perfect for shooting video of majestic landscapes and man-made … Read more about Top 25 Most Awe-Inspiring Drone Footage Shots

How I Got the Shot: Capturing Breathtaking Aerial Footage of China’s Countryside

The chance to capture aerial footage of the expansive landscapes or cityscapes of China is an unusual, if not downright rare, experience. For VideoBlocks Marketplace contributor Stef Hoffer, it was an opportunity to see a country he loves and has traveled to a number of times from a wholly new perspective. Hoffer shares some of his most breathtaking drone shots with us, as well as a few tips for tourist filmmakers traveling to China.   VideoBlocks: What Inspired you to capture this footage? Hoffer: Over the span of a decade, I … Read more about How I Got the Shot: Capturing Breathtaking Aerial Footage of China’s Countryside

Gear Review: What Joel Thinks of the New Canon 5D Mark IV

By Joel Holland, Founder and Executive Chairman of VideoBlocks   For 15 years I’ve been lugging around an unreasonable amount of camera gear. As many readers likely know, being both a photographer and videographer means almost twice the load. So it was with great joy that I purchased the Canon 5D Mark IV, capable of shooting 4K video in addition to world class photos. I was hoping that it could be the camera to replace my RED Scarlet X video camera and Canon 5D Mark III. To answer this question, I spent a week shooting in the … Read more about Gear Review: What Joel Thinks of the New Canon 5D Mark IV

This Is What a Cruise Through the Game of Thrones Kingdoms Looks Like

Norovirus is the the last thing to worry about on a cruise through the Seven Kingdoms. If the white walkers don’t get you, then the Boltons probably will. But the scenery and exotic locales of the Game of Thrones world make the risk of death and dismemberment (almost) worth it. HBO films its series in some of the furthest reaches of Europe, from Iceland to Croatia, and inspired us to create a “faux” travel promo made almost entirely of stock. We used actual shots of iconic Ice and Fire filming locations—including where Daenerys and Drogo … Read more about This Is What a Cruise Through the Game of Thrones Kingdoms Looks Like

Around the World with 80 Contributors: Kuala Lumpur

Mosques and skyscrapers carve a jagged silhouette into the horizon above the dense greenery of banyan trees. Passersby follow their noses into hawker centers full of street food vendors. This is Kuala Lumpur—a hub of Southeast Asia that’s both energetic and enchanting. Here, the well of inspiration for filmmakers never runs dry. That’s why Hafiz Ismail, a VideoBlocks Marketplace contributor, still lives in his native city rather than an industry epicenter like Hollywood. You can’t quite recreate the magic of Kuala Lumpur, not even with … Read more about Around the World with 80 Contributors: Kuala Lumpur

Around the World with 80 Contributors: Pittsburgh, PA

In the five months since launching the VideoBlocks Marketplace, we’ve welcomed 5,700 contributors from 111 countries into our ranks. With over half a million clips uploaded so far, we thought it would be fitting to highlight the stories of the filmmakers behind the stock footage. So, we decided to launch a new series: Around the World with 80 Contributors. Our video voyage starts with James Orlowski—a Pittsburgh-based contributor with an eye for cinematic shots. First Stop: James Orlowski in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Download this time lapse … Read more about Around the World with 80 Contributors: Pittsburgh, PA