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Canon C500 vs. Film Camera Test

The Need for Speed camera test comparisons continue, with the Canon C500 vs. 35mm Kodak film stock.

Canon 5D MK II & The Video Village Challenge

At first glance with the Canon 5D you notice one thing, the minute you plug a mini HDMI cable or a 1/8” mini plug into the outputs on the camera, your LCD screen disappears. It is like a sick magic trick that for some reason, not one person can figure out.

Accessorizing Your 1DC for Cinematic Capture

The accessorizing required to turn your Canon 1DC into a Movie Making Machine.

Interview with Greg Staten on the HP DreamColor Monitor

Greg is dedicated to producing a great monitor. He’s fascinated with what his clients are doing with HP’s products, and he’s always looking for improvements.

Hurlbut Visuals Launches New DSLR Rental Division at Cine Gear 2011

I want to invite all of you to Cine Gear 2011. Hurlbut Visuals is launching our new DSLR Cinema Rentals division with new rigs and out of the box innovation.

Arri Alexa vs. Canon C500 Part 2

This week we take you through Canon C500 and Arri Alexa tests of IR Filtration, Interior Latitude, Night ISO, and Night Driving.

Zeiss Lenses: Sharp and Snappy

Lenses are one of the most critical choices when you are mounting the Canon 5D Mark II to a lens. Do not treat this camera like it is a film body. Remember to mount the camera to the lens, not the opposite.

Nikon Lenses: Sharp and Soft

I love lenses and examining the subtle differences with each one so I am confident in the resulting image.

Nikon lenses are sharp with a little softer contrast than the Zeiss lenses. The older A lenses are nice because they have a wider

Altering Lenses For Peak Performance

I have had many discussions about the different lens options other than Zeiss ZE’s and Canon’s that mount to the Canon cameras. Zeiss took it to the next level with their Canon mount CP2’s and their new Zooms that come out this summer.

The Making of “The Last 3 Minutes”

When Shane told me he wanted to shoot behind the scenes footage of “The Last 3 Minutes” I was very excited as I had only used the 5D MKII for narrative work. I knew that using the 5D for run and gun style documentary work might be a challenge and loved the idea of diving in head first.

Turning Still Cameras Into PL Mount Movie Makers

It seems like everyone is jumping on the PL mount 7D bandwagon and I have to say it is very unfortunate that the 5D does not have the same energy. All the specs on a PL mounted 5D have shown that the vignette is a big issue. Most cinema lens…

Tiffen Vari IRND Brings Cinematic Look to the BMCC

Welcome to the Hurlbut Visuals Blackmagic Cinema Camera Tiffen Variable ND test.

Building Medusa: The Perfect DIY Fire Light

How to create DIY fire light to shape and manicure available light and make the ordinary look extraordinary.

Hurlbut Returns Podcast

I joined the NeedCreative Podcast again this week. We talked about the art and science of cinematography and then did a mini-workshop. I go into story scenarios and how I would light and lens them.

Lighting with Canon’s 1DC DSLR 4K Capture Project “The Ticket”

On The Ticket, the lighting was a challenge because we used natural, available light and shaped it. I turned lights off, then added accent lights to bring out the depth of a location.

Creating a Beauty Light with a Book Light

My Book Light tutorial on how to build it and why it is so useful. Plus, how I got started in this business.

Reading a Color Temp Meter: Tips and Tricks

How to read a color temp meter and why it is important. I have always loved understanding the color of different lights — street lights, fluorescents in a store, neon, moonlight, etc.

Kino Flo: Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 2

Freider Hochheim continues the conversation about the direction and future of Kino Flo.