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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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Three weeks ago I was selected as the director for a national commercial campaign for Case Tractors. It would be my first solo directing gig after signing with the Bandito Brothers one month ago. In the commercial world, an advertising agency is hired by the client, which…
Po Chan and I will be leaving on a five-country tour of Asia with Canon in just a few days. If you are nearby, I hope to see you at one of the events.
Here is the first of a three part series on the Arri Alexa vs. the Canon C500 in camera tests for Need for Speed.
It has been a whirlwind since NAB, with all of the new emerging 4K technology and where this fits into the filmmaking process. Here are our tests with the Canon 1DC 4K DSLR camera.
When I began working on “Act of Valor” I was using an Asus 17” monitor to light with. When I got into the color correction bay, I noticed that I had over-lit scenes because the monitor was not seeing what the camera was ultimately seeing.
How important it is to take your camera tests out of the studio and on to location. You want to see how your camera’s emulsion handles highlights, hot skies, night exteriors and night interiors.
When I started to prep “Act of Valor” in April of 2009, we were using Canon glass on the first 2 days of shooting. The hot girls on deck and the interrogation scene [...]
Tiffen has introduced a whole new line of filters for digital sensors and have shot a very in-depth 4K test that premiered at NAB this year,
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.
Hurlbut Visuals is excited to introduce the Hurlbut Visuals Blog Interview Series.
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.
My cinematography interns and I set out on a mission to showcase the many uses of a polarizing filter.
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.
My Book Light tutorial on how to build it and why it is so useful. Plus, how I got started in this business.
The trailer for the documentary that Hurlbut Visuals produced about this forward thinking company called SmallHD, founded by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus.
What I think about when I am blocking a scene and my preferences on how to work from the master to the close-up.
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.
Lighting so that you can tell your stories with realism and accurate color temp.