film/photography Q&A with Anita!

film/photography Q&A with Anita!

Hi guys, welcome back to my channel. So
today I’m here with Anita, and we will be answering some of your questions
related to filmmaking and photography, so the first question is: hi, I was wondering
what type of lights are the best to use on a budget. So… I really hate questions
about light because I’m terrible at light and I usually try to shoot in
daylight, or I shoot with existing lights so… like… you know… fluorescent light
or whatever lamps I have around the house. So… I would definitely say that you have to be
a pro to use professional artificial lights, mainly because it’s really hard
to get a natural effect. So shoot with whatever you have around the
house. Yeah it’s the easiest I think, especially when you start with photography,
it’s the same thing. It’s kind of much more complicated to try and
introduce lights and as you said yourself even from my own experience,
even if you try and use continuous light for your shoots,
even if it looks natural to your eye, it might not necessarily look natural on
the camera so I would try and master the natural light first and then obviously
you’re much more limited with movement and so on if you if you use artificial
light because you have to kind of keep in mind the angles and so on. So I would
definitely just try and use natural light to start with. // How did you learn
how to edit videos. I’ve been wanting to learn how to do so myself but it’s a bit
intimidating and I don’t know what kind of software to use. // But you don’t edit
your own videos. // Yeah I don’t. // Probably… You have slaves… // I have men doing if for me. I’m a woman so my… my place… I belong in the kitchen. //
Yeah, downstairs. // okay let’s end this video now and go do some cooking. Okay, so, what was the question… You see you can’t even remember the question. That’s the problem. // Yeah so at first I started off with editing
in Adobe Premiere and I do agree, it was quite intimidating, but it only looks
daunting, but when you start playing around with it it becomes a lot easier
so if you are completely new to it I would probably suggest checking out a
tutorial on the basics of Adobe Premiere and yeah I think that’s actually the
best the best editing software you can get at the very beginning. I actually
color grade my films in in DaVinci Resolve and it’s very different from
Premiere, so once again… you know… that’s something new to learn, but Davinci is quite
easy to operate as well. // Oh, I don’t know. I’ve tried Final Cut Pro. My
experience in filming is very limited it’s nowhere on your level but just for
editing my own YouTube videos and so on the Final Cut Pro… // Yeah but you have a…
you have a Mac right? Yes. And I have a husband who helps me with it. I have a man to help me so… (:D) // The next question is: will I shoot a video on
schizophrenia. I probably will, although I’m not sure when, maybe in late 2018… but
yeah, I wish I could film it, but I’m not entirely sure whether I’ll be able to
afford to film it… but we’ll see. // How do you motivate yourself. So, would you like
to answer that first? // No. // I have a very simple answer to that question. So… every time I
feel down about my filmmaking, and that happens very often, because… you know, the
whole process of filmmaking can be quite daunting because there’s so much to do,
you have to write it, you have to edit it, you have to act in it, you have to direct
it, and then you have to colour grade it, find music and so on and so on. So it’s a
lot to take in… But whenever I feel down about my work,
I always watch a good film and sort of… the feeling I get afterwards
is very motivating, very inspiring, so I would probably suggest watching a bunch
of good films or reading a good book and that always inspires me to keep working
on my own stuff. // Yeah, it usually works, or it makes you even more down because you
can’t create something like that and then you just go down the drain. No, I
agree I usually look at different photographers work and so on and kind of
see what inspires me. I usually just try and take it like… one bit at a time also,
because sometimes, especially when I have a lot of work I can become very
unmotivated to do my own stuff and to work on my own projects so it’s just
about kind of taking it slowly… you know… kind of giving yourself the right setup
you know kind of separating yourself from everything that will distract you
and switching on some nice music and whatever whatever and just taking it bit
by bit. Even if it takes longer, you will get there eventually, hopefully. // And one
last tip… // Go to the kitchen??? // Regarding what Anita said about comparing
yourself to the bigger filmmakers or bigger photographers. I used to do that
and it did get me down, but then I sort of tried to explain to myself that
they have a lot more resources, they have a lot more money, they have so many people
working on set, so it’s quite obvious… and they also have a lot more experience, so
it’s obvious that they will be better, but I’m pretty sure that they were not
as good as they are right now. So don’t let that get you down. Don’t listen to her. //
Just practice. And don’t listen to me. // What camera and editing program do you use. Do you
have any tips for cameras and editing programs that are affordable. There’s a whole video on my channel about
this, so you can go and check that out. Is there
anything you’d like to add? Just use whatever you have. I think the best
camera you can get this the one that you have in your hand, I heard… so I heard
apparently. I don’t know. Yeah, no, if you don’t have money just start lower. I see I saw myself like… and even the way I progressed in photography… just use
whatever is available to you, learn how to use it properly and make
the best out of it because you know, it’s easy to make excuses saying that you
don’t have the best equipment, but at the same time if you learn to use your own
equipment properly it will really really work for you. Yeah I think we both
started off with very cheap cameras, and very cheap lenses. You have to
build into it, I mean like unless you’re born rich which most of us aren’t, you
just have to work with what you have, and just make the best out of it, I think. // So
the next question, a lovely girl asked: what’s the best way to start your own
portfolio, whether in video or in photography… and I think the best thing
you can do is just start working and… like, I don’t know,
I don’t know, it’s just… like… I’ve done it so long ago that I can’t really remember
how I actually started, but I think I just picked up the camera and I started
taking photos of my surroundings and then, once that kind of got boring I just
started branching out and reaching out to models and so on. I think that’s the
best way you can go. It’s the same with video, I say just film whatever is available to
you, get a feel of everything and then just kind of start building up from that
I think. // Yeah, you need to have a couple of videos first and then what people
usually do, they create a so-called show reel… so it’s like 30 seconds of their
best material, and yeah that’s basically it. And if you want to, you know, if you want to turn amateur to professional, the best
way you can do is just keep going at it, and try and get your photos published if
you can. Same with videos, just put them up online, you know, put them on like… Vimeo and YouTube and whatever and just, you know, keep going at it and keep going
until people notice you, and when they notice you keep going more
I think that’s the best that you can do, just keep pushing and it’s going to
be frustrating and it’s going to be long, but you just have to keep keep going at
it. Yeah, you have to be patient. I’ve been
doing the kind of YouTube that I’m currently doing for the past year and a half and I only got my first paid job a
couple of days ago, so yeah just be patient and keep filming and if you’re
talented enough, it probably will come to you on its own. // The next question is: is
what you’re doing now what you always wanted to do growing up. // No. I wanted to
be a lawyer. I was convinced I wanted to be a lawyer and then when I was in
secondary school, I wanted to be an architect and then I realized I would be
a very useless lawyer and even more useless architect, because I
hate drawing. And then… but yeah I wanted to do photography for like 11 years now
I think, so like form like 2008 maybe, so considering that I started doing
photography when I was 18, 16 or something like that, I was still a child. So yeah… so I did want to do photography for a very long time. But I don’t know if I wanted to be a princess or something when I was a child,
I have no idea, I am a princess anyway so… // I think I’ve always been into art
related jobs, if I can call it like that. I remember that my first my first
dream was to be a writer, when I turned 10 or 12 or something like that,
when I saw the Lord of the Rings for the first time, I wanted to be in filmmaking,
but I wanted to be an actress. When I was in high school I had no idea what I
wanted to do… And I think that nowadays we sort of expect people… teenagers to
know what they want to do but… I didn’t really… I had no idea what I wanted to do,
and I think I got into photography when I was 17 or 18 as well so for a couple
of years I thought I would be doing photography forever. But then I decided
I’m terrible and I have to ditch photography all together so I ditched
that for like three years but then I was reborn through filmmaking and I think it
will probably stay this way. I think I’m more of a probably more of a storyteller
and I just had to find a proper way to tell those stories so at the very
beginning it was a it was a writer then it was an actress then it was a
photographer and… // yeah bonus question for you as well, why did you decide to
switch from photography to video, like did you have any moment in life or did
you have like a video opportunity where you were like this is what I want to
do instead. // You can watch me answer this question on Anita’s
channel, we did a very similar video over there but it’s more about photography, so I’ll leave a
link in the description and at the end of this video. Okay so this is the moment
where my microphone decided to stop working, but we had so much footage and
there were so many questions, and so many nice questions, I decided to just leave
it in so if you’re having trouble with understanding anything at all, there are
English and Polish subtitles available, so you can turn them on now. What video of yours is your favourite. My favourite video is the video about social
anxiety. Because I
feel like the fact that it was crowdfunded and I had money to buy
basically anything I wanted, totally took it to another level, and it
looks so much better than any of my previous videos. But there is one video I
quite like as well and that’s the Gravity video, a fan made music video for
Jamie Woon… and I actually met him and he said he saw the video and that he liked it. What’s the importance of light in photography and film, do you
have any techniques on how to better use light in favor of filmmaking or photo
shooting. I mean let’s start with the fact that there is no photography
without light, so obviously light is quite crucial when
it comes to your photography and film, and anything, I mean if it’s
dark there is literally nothing so… obviously it’s crucial and I find… even
on my journey as a photographer, especially in the studio because as I mentioned in
my other videos I struggled quite a lot with lighting in the studio. It makes a
huge difference to kind of have the light set up properly before you start
shooting and before you put it into Photoshop or you know any editing
program because it makes the process so much smoother. Some of my latest work, I
was really happy with the lighting and it cut the retouching time drastically
so it’s definitely really really important to get it right before you
kind of have to fix it in Photoshop so instead of fixing it, just doing it
right first. As about techniques, I think the best thing you can do is start
simple and start using light that is available to you so you know natural
light tested in different situations you know try, it when it’s super sunny, try it
at different times of the day because sometimes the light is much better early
in the morning or late in the afternoon rather than you know shooting at 12
o’clock where you have those horrible shadows on your face and so on,
so yeah. And just build slowly from that so if you’re using a studio setup just
start with one light, get familiar with it and then start adding up but just keep
experimenting keep trying different angles and just work from there I think. So… a lot of people that are in filmmaking have this saying that “you
will fix it in post” and… no, that’s worst thing you can do so if you can
reshoot something with better light you should definitely do it because it
usually turns out that fixing it in post it doesn’t work so… when you have raw
files with photography, it’s a little bit easier but in filmmaking… // in
general filmmaking I feel like you have to have everything perfect, especially like
skin and everything because there is no I mean, obviously there’s lots of money for
like…. // yeah there are some people retouching frame by frame but…// it’s just
not possible, you have those those programs that like help you with
smoothing out skin and so on but I find that it’s way more tricky in film that
it would be in photography and even photography, it just doesn’t look right
like you can always tell if something is heavily retouched and heavily manipulated
so… // yeah, and yet again, filmmaking is very much about emotions and I think
that probably lighting is one of the most important tools you can use to
create certain emotions and the use of color is quite important as well. // So the
next question is: what did you study. I studied international economic
relations for 5 years. // I studied photography for 3 than I quit in third year because I
hated the course from the very beginning. I studied in the School of Life. // In the
kitchen? Yes, that’s the one. // What inspired you to create a YouTube channel. So it was pretty
simple with me, I just needed another video website that I would be able to
post my videos on so I never wanted to be a classic youtuber because I started
off even before YouTube was big and I was just making these weird short music
videos or whatever and yeah basically I needed a website where I could share my
work. Yeah, I think for me it was kind of weird because I
obviously did photography. I actually started with model videos, I started playing
around with the videos of like models so like kind of like test shoot like videos
where the model just swirls around for like 30 seconds but I just found this
kind of boring eventually because I mean how many videos like that
can you post. And then I just kind of decided that why not kind of… People seemed interested in what I was showing them so I was like why not just
kind of show them that photography doesn’t have to be complicated and you
don’t have to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on equipment and
lighting and all that kind of stuff it can be quite simple and you can get
quite beautiful effects if you just really try and put your heart to it so… I guess that’s why I started. // If you like this video there’s more on Anita’s channel. Anita is
a photographer as you might have noticed already and she does a lot of… like… what
what do I call these… instructional… // tutorials, behind the scenes // on shooting
and on editing photos as well so go check her channel out and yeah, give this video a
thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. I never say that, but yeah you can you can
do it if you’ve enjoyed this video. So as you can tell, probably, by now, we’re both
very socially awkward. So yeah, now you know that I’m not lying about my social
anxiety by I still hope that this video is bearable and yeah I will see you in my
next one. Bye!

28 thoughts on “film/photography Q&A with Anita!”

  1. Hi, sorry for the weird quality of the video and sound – I had a bad cold that day and I was high on ibuprofen & pseudoephedrine. 😛 I'd still recommend watching the whole thing if you're into filmmaking and photography!

  2. Take care of you my dear💕💕💕. Great👍 Q&A. I pray for you to have much, much luck🍀🍀. Love you😘😘 🤗🤗🤗🏵🏵🏵😘😘😘

  3. Please do more videos about depression and anxiety and other illnesses it’s really helping me with my illness

    Love you ❤️

  4. 9:00 – "jeśli jesteś wystarczająco utalentowany". Czy lata nauki to talent, czy ciężka praca?
    Kat – affiliate links!!! amazon B&H – use that

  5. Uwielbiam Was dziewczyny ❤ Róbcie dalej to co robicie,bo pięknie Wam to wychodzi 🙂 Mam nadzieję, że kiedyś uda mi się poznać Cię Kasiu osobiście 🙂 Pozdrawiam Was 😻😻😻

  6. yea boiiiiiii this is just what I needed!!! (ps I started a channel the other day, would mean the world if any of yall checked it oot <3)

  7. Thanks a lot for making this video ! There's a lot of insightful tips that I will apply to my own creations 🙂 Keep making this cool content Kat, you rock !

  8. Świetny film, obie macie bardzo ciekawe historie do opowiedzenia ,dobrze czasem posłuchać takiego Q&A. Dodatkowo czuję się zmotywowana, żeby tworzyć więcej 🙂 Dzięki dziewczyny !

  9. Może film o jakiś fobiach? Ja osobiście mam erytrofobię.
    Jest to strach przed zaczerwienieniem się, co może brzmieć dziwnie i głupio dla ludzi, którzy nigdy nie mieli styczności z osobami, które mają fobię, lub jej nie mają (fobii).
    Ja nie mam zasięgu tak dużego jak ty – pokazanie ludziom, że fobie nie są urocze czy zabawne, było by bardzo dobrym rozwiązaniem, oczywiście to tylko mój mini pomysł 🙂 pozdrawiam x

  10. Wasze porady, dzielenie się doświadczeniem i po prostu bycie sobą…to mnie bardzo pobudza do kreatywności i tworzenia 😉 Tak, czasami patrząc na lepszych od siebie można naprawdę odczuć brak motywacji, ale Wasze tłumaczenie w tej kwestii jest bardzo pomocne 🙂 Dziękuję za czas, jaki poświęciłyście by opowiedzieć trochę o sobie i dać kilka rad.
    Dużo dużo kreatywnych projektów. Pozdrawiam!

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