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Turning the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a Movie Making Machine

Blackmagic graciously supplied a camera for testing. We pushed and pulled this baby to see when it would break as well as where it excelled.

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.

It’s Hard to Stop a Trane: Shooting Action Sequences

How we shot the action sequences for a series of Trane AC commercials with extreme heat and a bus crash.

The Next Gen in Digital Film Capture: Canon’s 4K 1DC

When Canon approached me to test and shoot a short film for their new 1DC 4K DSLR, I was more than excited. After the first night of testing, one word came to mind. WOW!!!

The Picture of Versatility: Canon 5D Mark II Helmet Camera

I designed a helmet mount for the Canon 5D Mark II with Gary Hatfied, Dan Owens from Panavision to capture the first person point of view action in a new way. The camera is extremely versatile with…

The Canon 5D Mark II Battles The Elements

Shooting in Puerto Rico has tested the Canon 5D Mark II with intense humidity and rain. Yet, every time the camera has delivered.

We shot running footage of motorcycles speeding down roads, splitting traffic, and near misses by literally gaffer taping the Canon 5D to the motorcycle.

Lens Test with Zeiss ZE and CP2s, Canon L Series and Leica R Glass

Part of being a cinematography intern is not only knowing all the gear, but how it can be used to enhance your visual story telling. The characteristics of a lens can infuse a mood, a style, etc. Being obsessed in the subtleties is key. Shane encourages us to use all our tools and test them in the line of fire. We have been using Canon, Leica, and Zeiss lenses but haven’t had the chance to compare them all side by side.

Hurlblog Interview I: Dr. Scherle Shares the History of Zeiss and Sheds Light on the Future

Hurlbut Visuals is excited to introduce the Hurlbut Visuals Blog Interview Series.

Crash Cam: Filmmaking Inside the Box

Let’s look at how the crash cam world has changed because of the Canon 5D. It has replaced the eyemo that used to be a clapper of a 35 or 16mm with bad lenses. It could be blown up, bashed into, driven over, or you could even have a car land right on it.

Steve Tiffen of Tiffen Filters Hurlblog Interview: The Tiffen Company

In November of last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Steve Tiffen of the Tiffen Company [...]

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

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…

Herb Ritts Exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum

From 1991-1996, I had the unique opportunity to work with one of the most talented still photographers of the 20th Century. Not only was Herb Ritts a great artist, he was also an amazing human being.

Large Sensor Cameras – Economical Lighting

The new wave of Large sensor cameras with their high ISO range and light sensitivity are changing the way cinematographers [...]

What It’s Like to be a Hurlbut Visuals Intern (Introduction by Shane Hurlbut, ASC)

Meet the Cinematography Intern DREAM TEAM by Shane Hurlbut The...

How to Light for Specific Camera Blocking: Master to Close-Up

What I think about when I am blocking a scene and my preferences on how to work from the master to the close-up.

Using Color Temp to Create Depth and Dimension with your HD Video

Lighting so that you can tell your stories with realism and accurate color temp.

Need for Speed Lighting Breakdowns

Lighting car interiors at night. How I light, what choices I make with specific units, and why one lighting tool is selected over another.