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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Are you working on a documentary and need some interviewing tips? In this filmmaking lesson from DSLR specialist Fenchel & Janisch Filmproduktion, learn how to determine what kind of camera to use and how to set up a camera depending on the interview style to make interview footage more dynamic. Have only still shots to work with in parts of your film? Find out how to easily animate stills in Adobe After Effects!


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Filmmaking involves more than just camera angles. In this filmmaking lesson from DSLR specialist Fenchel & Janisch Filmproduktion, learn how to perfect color, light, sound, and shot to establish the mood of a film. Discover color grading plugins that make your digital footage look like film footage, and find out how simply changing light and music can transform the scene's entire mood.


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Dialogue, sound effects, ambient sound, and music—audio is just as important as video when it comes to filmmaking. In this lesson from DSLR specialist Fenchel & Janisch Filmproduktion, learn all about different types of microphones and how to choose which one is best for your production. Then, get a glimpse of how and why sound effects are used in film, and where to find online sound effects libraries if you can't record them yourself.


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You don't need fancy equipment to create panning or tracking shots in film. This lesson from DSLR specialist Fenchel & Janisch Filmproduktion shows you how to use a tripod and a monopod to film moving shots. With just a camera and a standing tripod, you can film fantastic, professional-looking panning shots. Find out filming tips to make these shots more stable, and learn the benefits of using either a tripod or a monopod.


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A detailed image is every filmmakers dream, but one that is hard to achieve. In this filmmaking lesson from DSLR specialist Fenchel & Janisch Filmproduktion, learn how the picture profile of a camera can influence the details of an image. Get sharp and detailed videos by playing with DSLR settings like depth of field and aperture. Discover the different effects of in-camera sharpness vs. post-production sharpening and learn which lens is best for cinematic shots.


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