4 Ways To Use This $16 Prism In Your Wedding Films

4 Ways To Use This $16 Prism In Your Wedding Films

– Hey, guys, my name is Matt Johnson and today I want to talk to
you about this little guy, a prism. You may have noticed that
I have been using this in my wedding films and a lot of you have been asking me two questions. Namely, why are you using that, and also, how are you using it? So today I want to share
with you four techniques that you can use with a prism that make it a really awesome 16-ish dollar investment for any filmmaker. First, and this is probably
the most common way that I use a prism, and
that is to draw attention to the subject that I am filming. For example, let’s say that I am filming a bride getting ready on a wedding day, and there are tons of
people using the room. Bridesmaids, hair and makeup people, and they’re all competing
for attention in a shot. But I really want my video
to focus just on the bride. So, by using a prism and holding it up in front of the camera lens, I can then block out
other people in the shot. Instead of being they’re
distracting from the bride, they are now replaced by
a pretty, refracted light and you are only seeing
the bride in the shot. That’s really cool. The second way that I
use a prism is actually very similar to the first. If I’m filing a bride
or groom getting ready, I usually have them get ready by a window. So massive light source,
the sun, coming in and it looks really, really pretty. The issue that I run into, though, is that if I want to film
the bride or the groom at any angle where the
window is in the background, what I’m gonna end up with is a silhouette and an overexposed image, and that doesn’t look very good. So to compensate, I can
actually hold up my prism to the camera lens and kind of block out the overexposed window portion, so it is just the subject
that I am filming. And what you end up with
is a properly exposed image with gorgeous light refraction
and it doesn’t look bad. It actually looks creative. Which, hey, that’s a win. The third way that I
use a prism is actually as a really cool in-camera transition. When I was filming my
friend Noah and Mallorie’s wedding film, which I will
to up here in the corner and down in the description,
if you wanna watch it, I needed to cut from dancing
at the reception to their exit, when they were walking out. And what I had was some awesome
shots where I was moving the prism in front of the camera lens while they were dancing. And I was actually able
to fade that shot into an exit shot and it
looked really, really cool and people were asking
me, “How did you do that? “Oh my gosh.” It was all in camera. Well, not completely in camera. I didn’t actually teleport
as soon I moved the prism and went outside, no. I cut it, but, as far as
the transition effect goes, that was in camera and
it looked really cool. The fourth way that I use a
prism is a bit more generic, but the truth is that I honestly just whip this thing to whenever
I see any cool lighting. So, if the DJs lights look
cool on the dance floor, they’re reflecting, I say,
“Oh, gotta bring out the prism. “Oh my gosh, this is awesome.” I’m really not super picky
about whenever I use it. It really comes down to,
is there good lighting, and is it going to give
me more creative shots than I could get otherwise? That’s four way that I use
a prism in film making. And you’re probably
thinking, “Okay, fine, Matt, “I’ll buy it. “Only $16, I got it in the cart on Amazon. “I’m about to click buy, “but how do I actually use it?” Well, I have some tips for you. First tip, is I recommend
shooting with a lens that is at minimum, F2.0, if not, wider. So, F1.8 is good, F1.4
is even better because you’re gonna want your lens to
be open as wide as possible, because whenever you put
your prism in front of it, you are going to be able to
see the edges of the prism and it’s gonna look
weird if your lens is not open wide enough. Second, I find the prism
works best whenever it’s up as close as possible to a
manually set camera lens. Don’t try to put autofocus and then wave this thing
around in front of your lens. It’s gonna be going all over the place and it’s not gonna know what to focus on. Also, I recommend shooting handheld because you are not going
to be able to adjust the focus of your lens while you are also moving the prism and so
you’re gonna be relying on your body to go forward and backward to make sure that your
subject is in focus. So, handheld, prism up as
close as possible, manual lens. It’s gonna look good. Last thing, I’ve heard some people say, “Matt, why don’t you use
a plug-in or an effect? “Why are you going through all the hassle “of holding this prism up
in front of your camera “when you could get a
similar look using a plug-in “in post?” And to that I would say,
it’s usually pretty obvious whenever somebody is using
an overlay in their video. It looks fake. With the prism, because you
are getting the real light with all of its different
colors coming into the prism, as well as the real
reflections from the day shooting into and refracting around, it looks significantly
better and more realistic than a plug-in ever would. With that, thank you so much for watching. I hope this video’s been helpful to you and given you some great insight into how you can use a prism to
enhance your filmmaking. Incidentally, I do have
a link to purchase this beautiful prism. Not this one, this is mine,
but a prism like this one down in the description of this video if you want to do that. As always, if you have
any questions or comments, please feel free to leave one below or get in touch with me through
my website, whoismatt.com. It is also a mega gigantizoid help to me if you would consider liking this video and subscribing if you want
to see more videos like this in the future. Also, there are links. So many links down in the
description of this video to my Instagram, to my Facebook, to sign up for a one on
one consulting with me. To sign up for my newsletter, to check out my wedding
filmmaking company. All that is down there. Thank you so much for
watching and have a great day.

Eugene Islam

100 thoughts on “4 Ways To Use This $16 Prism In Your Wedding Films

  1. I'm about to use mine for the first time on a wedding next week and I began thinking, "This is awesome…but wait, how does Matt even use this?" lol Perfect timing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks for another awesome and informative video, Matt! Any plans on a video about camera stabilizers? That seems to be one of my biggest faults!

  3. Hey Matt, I got a Sony A7rii with a 16-35mm Ziess lens and a 24-70mm Zies lens both great for video and stills. But, when I film in 4k 100mbs – 25fps my footage looks amazing but with 1 huge problem. I get alot of rolling shutter – like blur when panning or moving slow. Do you know how to fix this or is it better just to film in 1080p?

  4. I've got one of these, they're great! I don't call it a prism though, I call it my "Morphin Crystal" – it sounds cooler that way.

  5. Thanks for this, photographer friends of mine be like "Why u no use prism?" Now, I can be like "But do use prism boi!"

  6. I was pumped to learn more about this when Sam Hurd spoke about it but there wasn't much. I got this and photo crystal ball coming in the mail.

  7. Super creative! Thanks for sharing your masterful wisdom film wizard!! ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโœจโœจโœจ๐ŸŽฅ

  8. Thanks for this! One of my students just showed me a prism like this a few weeks ago. I thought it was super cool and have been wanting to know more. I didnโ€™t realize it had use for video.

  9. This is fantastic – what a creative idea! Love the ability to do that in-camera, rather than just relying on a trick in post – this makes it truly WHAT the camera saw – very cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Great short video ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผlove a good prism shot! Itโ€™s sweet seeing what could be done to spice up prep shots. Weโ€™ve even used an accessory mount to attach one when shooting with a monopod or ronin.

  11. Hey thanks for the great quality videos. I'm new to the scene and am interested in a Mavic Pro but live within a 5 mile radius of a small airport do you have any advice on how I could proceed and be able to fly on my own property (20 plus acres) as a hobbyist?

  12. Just bought one of these last week after seeing you using one, perfect timing you bought this video out, thanks so much. Why would anyone dislike this video!

  13. I am so glad you are still at it! I was really sad when Creg Adams decided to stop filming weddings. But I feel like I relate to you better anyway. Great job, I love these ideas. I think I just added something else to my camera bag!

  14. Hey Matt, really love your channel! I would love it if you made a video of the essential gear needed to film a wedding for someone just starting out. I currently shoot fitness videos and photography with a Panasonic GH5. However, ย I have no experience shooting weddings and I am curious about the barebones essentials for shooting one. Thank You !!!

  15. Hi matt. There is a video that I did with your advice. I tried to do something fun ๐Ÿ™‚ tell me what you think please dear.

  16. Hi Matt,

    First of all thanks for such good tutorial videos. Everyone in our team loves you very much.

    In our team we don't have much gadgets to achieve the most creative output.

    But we always try to follow your tips, tricks & ideas.

    Your videos really inspire us to achieve a better output.

    Thanks a lot. Please keep posting more .

  17. planning to buy one of those, but i guess i have to buy a 50mm 1.8 first..
    cuz prism with my 3.5 lens wont works well….rite?

  18. i just got a prism and came across your video. never would have thought of using it in video, i just figured for photos! awesome, had to sub. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Great tips Matt. I can't wait to use this for my next wedding shoot. I'll make sure to order from your link too. Thanks!

  20. Thanks Matt! First time with your videos – fantastic and to the point. One question I have – so is the prism fairly useless on F4 and up? I'm only going to be able to use one lens for a period of time coming up here, just wondering if I should just wait until I have an F1.8 to invest in the prism.


  21. I only like it when the prism is very subtle in the shot like at 2:30ish. But you got some cool ideas for this glas, thanks!

  22. I just bought one and on the first day I used it, I dropped it. It still useable but the edge is messed up. The rest is fine like new. :((((((( now Iโ€™m really depressed. Look no joke I feel hella depressed.

  23. Great idea! I ordered the 8" one so that I that I will have more of a handle to hold on to…

  24. Hey man, thanks for the amazing idea! Would you suggest using it for a portrait lens or wide?

  25. I've always known about these, but just bought using your link. Thanks for all the amazing filmmaking knowledge you continue to share.

  26. Fantastic tip Matt!! Beautiful, simple and highly effective. There's A LOT of people who will benefit from your discovery. Thank you for sharing it.

  27. Pretty cool, I've seen fashion photographers use similar translucent rock or any type of reflective/colorful/transparent methods like this to add warm glow and reflections. Gonna have to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Ha, I just read a story on using prisms in photography and thought I wonder if anyone's doing that in video. Of course it'd be you. I would also love to know how you get the starburst effect at 2:02 as I can get that in a photo using a small aperture but video at night is typically wide aperture. Are you putting an effect over the top of the light or you're getting that in camera?

  29. You should really look at PrismLensFx they made custom prisms with mountable options to mount to a handheld grip and a free hand mountable camera arm so you don't have to touch or hold the prism!

  30. Hey man thanks for this. Do you think it would work with a smartphone camera? I'm thinking maybe a smaller prism?

  31. Hey beard buddy. I almost watch all your tutorials. Its awesome and more sense.thanks buddy.. New film maker here

  32. I bought a prism from the Amazon link provided, it was broken when it arrived.

    Ended up buying through primeprismsphotography(dot)com where they personally import and inspect all prisms for photography….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *