4K UHD vs 1080p HD Upscaling to 4K

When it comes to video production, a common question these days is, “Why should you film in 4k when most consumers view video content on their phones?” It’s true, phones don’t have 4k resolution screens, but filming in 4k is still a valuable asset nonetheless. Therefore, the question should instead be, “If your camera is […]

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The Difference Between Lens Price and Image Quality

When it comes to buying gear, one of the toughest decisions that professional videographers and photographers have to make are lens purchases. Should I get a Zoom lens or a prime lens? A 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm lens? There are also different brands for different lenses of the same focal length or zoom range, each […]

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BLACKWATER Promotions at the Rockstar Awards

On November 7, the Rockville Chamber of Commerce held its annual Rockstar Awards at the Manor Country Club. At this ceremony, Marstudio was honored with the award for “Business of the Year.” As a division of Marstudio, BLACKWATER Promotions was at the celebration and armed with our cameras, we were ready to shoot footage of […]

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The Importance of Good Audio in Your Video

When it comes to videos, people tend to prioritize image quality over sound. This often leads people to wrongly assume that sound quality is unimportant in comparison, however, that is not the case. For the average person, when they want to record a video, they will use the most convenient camera available, like a smartphone. […]

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How to Photograph Large Interior Spaces

Recently, the team at BLACKWATER Promotions embarked on a mission to take high-impact photographs of Kellogg Conference Hotels’ updated rooms and event spaces. With a shoot like this, it comes with its own rules and we were prepared for the job. When it comes to photographing interiors, the most important tools in a photographer’s arsenal […]

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The Importance of Social Media Video Marketing for Your Business

You’ve probably scrolled down your social media feed and encountered everything from cat videos to 3-minute recipes, each filled with comments and reactions from other users. It’s impossible to deny it: Internet videos are more popular than ever. Part of the attraction to them is how easily accessible videos have become. More cellphones are packed […]

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The Importance of Aesthetic Imagery for Commercial Work

Aesthetics are a vital component of any photographer’s day-to-day activities. Defined by Merriam Webster as “Responsive to or appreciative of what is pleasurable to the senses,” aesthetics help us determine how a picture should look in order to be visually appealing. Costly gear isn’t needed in order to produce an aesthetically pleasing photograph, but a […]

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What Separates Amateur Videos from Professional Videos?

These days, “high-quality” video is easily attainable. In your pocket or purse, there is likely a cellphone that can film up to 4k resolution with image stabilization built in. Furthermore, 5-axis gimbal rigs and tripods can be obtained for well under $300. These can give you a perfectly stable image, so you may be asking: […]

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Blackwater Company Profile Advertisement Promotion

We have created a great limited time offer to help your business gain the exposure it needs in the third quarter and beyond. Schedule your consultation appointment today to have Blackwater Promotions produce your next company video ad. This JUNE ONLY package is currently offered at only $5000, a 50% reduction of its original value […]

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Blackwater Executive Headshot Promotion

First impressions are key to any successful engagement and that’s why you need to look your best. Fortunately, Blackwater Promotions has a great offer to do just that. Schedule your appointment today to have Blackwater Promotions shoot your Executive Portrait. This special package is only offered in JUNE, giving you 50% off our high-impact Executive Portraits. […]

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