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On the still lens front, you have a variety of options. I am addressing this topic from a 40 foot screen digital projection perspective, not a still photography one.
Zeiss ZE primes rock. Their resolution is spectacular and they are lightweight. Their focus is a little more cinematic then…
Color correction is just one step of the entire filmmaking process…but oh, what a difference it can make. You can [...]
I started giving a Leica list out to individual colleagues and the request kept coming, so we decided to share it with everyone on the blog. These lenses are only R-Mount, they are the cream of the crop and through variest test we have found them to be excellent.
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!!!
Making HD look like film has a cocktail and one of the essential ingredients to this flavorful recipe is Neutral Density. You have to keep your exposure on a 5D around a 5.6 to get that beautiful shallow depth of field. The 7D should be around…
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Here is the first of a three part series on the Arri Alexa vs. the Canon C500 in camera tests for Need for Speed.
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.
Every rig that I have in our Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR rental division is Redrock Micro. Why, when there are so many rigs out there to choose from? Brian Valente and I go way back – back to March 2009 in fact – right when this whole DSLR revolution was just getting started.
When I started the 5 week Marine’s commercial two months ago, I knew we would be in wide open spaces as well as tight quarters on the Amphibious Assault Destroyer. The project required gear that was versatile, so I turned to Kessler Crane’s CineSlider. NAB was where I…
As a cinematographer, movement is an integral part of conveying your creative vision and the storytelling process. Whether subtle or dramatic, it’s another tool in your box of creative options.
I walked into Samy’s Camera last week and a camera assistant was mounting gyros on the 5D to stabilize the camera. She was getting beaten up by the mount and said, “I cannot get this clamped on here.” I said “ Hi, I would love to help…
We demo the power of the glass filter, including the ones that I use and their wonderful benefits.
Using stockings to add a glow, a pearlescent quality, to transport you to a time period that had a sense of glamor, when movie stars were king.
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…
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.
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.
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.
When you have a small team to tell your story, you need to find lights that do many things and provide many color temps. You need some that can focus and ones that are a broad source.
Lighting day exteriors is as much about choosing the right time as it is about your manipulation of the daylight.
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The light meter is essential for matching and to get your head around light ratios as a young cinematographer.
How to create DIY fire light to shape and manicure available light and make the ordinary look extraordinary.
One of the most popular requests was for lighting instruction. In the HD world and film, lighting is king. Knowing how to light and not just rely on available light is what being a cinematographer is all about.