Fenchel Janisch
DSLR Filmmaking Tutorials

Fenchel & Janisch Filmproduktion is a small film production company located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. We specialize in creating corporate videos, creative videos, commercials and animation using DSLR video cameras.
We also create tutorials on how to use DSLR cameras and teach our viewers about equipment like cameras, tripods and lenses. We also cover how to edit and work in post production.

With our lessons, we reach viewers from over 20 countries around the world.

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Don’t be dissuaded from pursuing your cinematic dreams because you are shooting with a DSLR—learn how to maximize your camera’s settings to shoot a great looking film! In this lesson, learn about the four essential features of a DSLR: the frame rate, shallow depth of field, recorded video that can be easily edited using any software, and the ability to turn night into day by using wide range lenses that maximize the available light. You’ll be surprised by what your camera can do!

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You don’t have to use a professional rig to get a cinematic look for your film—in this lesson, learn the common mistakes that lead to a less than professional looking video sequence, and how to get the look that you want! A cinematic aesthetic takes lots of planning, shooting at the right frame rate, and mastering manual settings (you’ll want to turn down the contrast and saturation on your camera, for starters). Done right, no one will know that you aren’t working with professional equipment.

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You're making a movie, but stabilizing rigs cost a fortune. How can you get a smooth picture and avoid the dreaded jello effect (rolling shutter) when just using a hand-held DSLR camera? In this lesson, filmmaker Fenchel Janisch discusses the difficulties of hand-held shooting and advises you on which type of lens and camera are best to use when shooting without a rig.

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A shallow depth of field on a DSLR camera can create stunning images. But how do you get it? When should you use it? How do you control it? If you’re a beginner lost in the DSLR world, check out this lesson on how and when to use shallow depth of field. Learn which aperture to choose, why you should avoid using a cheap lens for this setting, and how extras help you stay in focus. But don’t over do it - mix depth of field shots with your wide shots!

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Well designed night shots are visually stunning, and particularly suited to capturing buildings, fireworks, and weather events like lightning and the northern lights. But it takes considerable effort to capture this kind of image under such low light conditions. In this lesson, learn four rules for shooting in low light, as well as the importance of shooting in an area with some artificial light. Still having problems shooting at night? Use a wider lens to capture as much light as possible.

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Time-lapse is a great way to show the passage of time in a matter of seconds. As it turns out, there are two methods to shoot DSLR time-lapse sequences - the easy way and the hard way. The fast and easy technique speeds up recorded video - while the method professionals use requires making a sequence out of still photos. In this lesson, learn both methods - and the pros and cons of each. Hint: to show the blur of rapidly moving objects, you’ll need to use the professional technique.

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Want to make your movie spooky? Cheerful? Nostalgic? Explore using color correction and gradient in post-production to change the mood of your film. In this lesson, filmmaker Fenchel Janisch teaches you about how working with a three color correction tool can alter the temperature, white balance, or contrast or your DSLR film footage to suggest a specific genre or heighten the intensity of a scene.

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