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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.

Director/Cameraman Package for Scouting Locations + Scouting Apps

Since the invention of the Canon 5D, it has taken scouting to a whole new level and preparing that package that allows you can take advantage of serendipitous moments, lightning in a bottle so to speak, is essential.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera: The Perfect Training Ground for Cinematographers

The similarities of 16mm film and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC) and why it is a great training ground for cinematographers.

Helmet Cams: Visceral, Intimate, and Emotional Connection with Your 5D

The first job that I ever shot with the Canon 5D was as Director and DP on a webisode series that Director of “Terminator Salvation” McG asked me to do. We produced these webisodes as part of the “Terminator Salvation” marketing campaign to be used…

Act of Valor: A Case Study in Out of the Box Filmmaking

I spoke at “Adobe Tips and Flicks” in 2012 about “out of the box” filmmaking with the Canon 5D MkII on Act of Valor.

Anton Bauer QRC-CA940 Gold Mount Battery Plate for Canon C300 and C500

The Elite Team and I have been field testing different power and cable management systems. We have found that the best solution to power the Canon C500 and C300 are the Anton Bauer Dionic batteries, along with the Anton Bauer QRC-CA940 Gold Mount battery plate.

HDSLR Challenges: Working With a Still Lens

Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses lenses and the challenges of working with a still lens.

Part 2: Color Correction Made Easy

Matching different lenses to save time during color correction.

How Lenses Assist in Storytelling

The lens’ traits can help tell your story. The look and feel of lenses, their characteristics of color and contrast rendition, are all relevant factors.

How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Two

How using different focal lengths can help assist character development in new ways. It is the cinematographer’s job to assist in the character arc process.

Rosco View: New Frontier Tools

The Rosco View has increased my speed on location tenfold. Innovation, creation. I love what I do.

How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Three

Mr. 3000 Camera Lens Restraint. How different lenses, lighting and color help assist in storytelling.

Training Your Eye – Lighting for Cinematographers

Many say that the light meter is dead with digital. I disagree. It is the only tool that you have in your box that can measure what you love.

The Making of The Janitor Sequence From “The Last 3 Minutes”

When Canon and Hurlbut Visuals teamed up on this joint venture, we wanted to put together a trilogy of Behind the Scenes videos where I narrated about what goes on inside my head as a cinematographer. We also wanted to show that even though there is a planning process…

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.

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.

Final Days of Deadfall: Giving the Stag Horn Saloon Life, Texture, and Color: KINO FLO

It is so sad saying goodbye to Montreal. I love this amazing city. The crew was the [...]

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.