Actor’s Tools for Self-Taping & Photography w/ Will Roberts

Actor’s Tools for Self-Taping & Photography w/ Will Roberts


Hey everybody, welcome to a new series we have called actors tools for self taping and photography. This one is number one
photo clamp. You see all these different tools like microphones lights tripods
and clamps are things that will help you make good self tapes and good
photography so let’s get started! Okay, so now we’re outside and it’s a beautiful day and we’re gonna talk about equipment okay before we actually get into how to
self tape and all that fun stuff and tips I can give you or just shooting
your own thing I don’t care what you want to shoot if you want to go viral or
you just want to shoot yourself in an audition or whatever it happens to be
your family members having the right equipment is absolutely imperative. Now
for many many years I’ve been doing this now I started off with CBS, Fox and PBS
with the thing called a Betacam SP which is about a hundred and fifty thousand
pounds and then going into an editing bay that was you know a million dollars
well nowadays just by using our phones man we can accomplish some great stuff
in 4k but first before we get through all that stuff let’s talk about the
equipment. By the way it’ll look at down here all these segments and where to get
the equipment it’s gonna be right on there so make sure you check it out like
it subscribe to it send it to a friend here we go. Okay so let’s talk about the
basic equipment before we get into shooting or doing anything over the
years of this technology we call smart phones I have had literally every piece
of equipment you can possibly imagine and quite honestly most of it has been
garbage, junk because it’s just you know something you get at the dollar store
and you’re like wow I could get a selfie stick and it’ll be great. Now, I love
selfie sticks we’ll get to that and how to shoot with them later on and this is
actually a pretty good one but we’re not gonna deal with that yet but see it’s
already kind of falling apart we’re going to talk about today is just the
clamp that holds the the phone the smartphone now you can probably put most
of my information to DSLRs and so on if you want to but in
this case I’m talking about smart phones and you know and shooting with those I
do recommend that you have like I have here is a 5s and I’ve got the most
memory on it I don’t recommend that you try to use a 15 gig smartphone and try
to do the light of your filming unless you are good at dumping a lot of that
stuff. So the first things first is the clamp to get it on there, now this is one
of the original ones I bought has a little screw you can put it on a tripod
just like this one this is what I first bought you know but unfortunately in
using something like this it’s just such a difficult thing and it’s slippery
it doesn’t stay a lot if you try to put on a selfie stick it you know lots of
things can happen it just doesn’t turn out well. So this is the first generation
I got then there was this one that had this neat little thing that was supposed
to be a light which worked for about a day and a half and it was on closed out
wonder why. So you know there are lots of different ones I got this and it had a
little client I don’t even know where that’s at it was just a piece of garbage
it stripped out every time I tried to tighten it it has this little thing
where you can clamp it around things I lost a leg so now this is a great toy
for my family my kids they’re young. Ah, then I came upon a really cool one I’m
going to show you this is pretty neat my glasses out here and this one is by 9
dot solutions and it is amazing ok see again you want to make sure that
whatever you have that you’re going to be holding your phone in place is not
going to be something that’s just going to be at the mercy of this cheap made in
China I’m not saying much about China but
anyway. Point is is that it’s, it’s on there but it’s slippery I put it on here
like this and this goes on my selfie stick right and crank it down and then
you basically try to do this or a tripod and cranking it down and then you can do
this you can aim it I have a whole thing I do with myself be sick and you can do
this and you know a lot of times getting this to get in there and stay in there I
mean it’s just like you know you try to adjust it and it’s all bull shop! Okay,
and that happens so having the right holder is essential and so is a good
phone replacement plan so anyway now that I have shown that this is so
important let’s talk about this one. This one is amazing it’s the rock star of
smartphone clamps it basically allows you to crank it down it’s got a little
adjustment knob and you can crank it all the way down and you know get it on
there and when you get it on there it’s just amazing because look seriously with
this one and let me uncrank it here cuz I got it on the the volume knob here
we go let’s go backwards here we go. I cranked it down and you know what, that
puppie’s on there it’s not going anywhere so again this whole episode is about
making sure you have the right equipment for the right job don’t get a wrench to
try to hammer something and in this case don’t get a piece of garbage that you
got from the dollar store, this is your investment! Now actors if you’re doing
this to self tape all this equipment is absolutely essential because look this
is what makes you look good and if you by the way don’t have good equipment
don’t have good sound don’t have good lighting you notice how
I’m well lit we’ll talk about the ring light I have maybe in one of the next
episodes but this right here look honestly this is not going anywhere
close-up view this is awesome this is a really great piece of a
equipment that has multiple areas where you can mount it which is another key
component this says one made out of plastic and a most likely strip like
a spider and this is the tripod that I had originally which is you know not bad
for cheap again this is a cheap tripod that you
can get and the cheap holder and you can put it in there and it may work but it’s
not very fluid because those are important things when you’re filming
stuff and you know it hits a wind or something and it’s… Ah man, again so anyway you know what right job. Right job, right equipment this is a great mount it’s a
great smartphone mount and has different settings I highly recommend it because
it clamps it in there and it doesn’t move because this is what it’s about
making sure you have the right stuff so that way when you start filming you can
feel very confident about what your product is going to be in the end result
and stuff. But you can see it all and if you want to check it out if you have any
questions you can go to acting up radio comm see the page devoted to this series
and make it happen do some good stuff good lighting huh we’ll talk about that
soon. See you next time!

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