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Testing Your Camera’s Emulsion

I treat each new digital camera that comes out as a new film emulsion, one that needs to be tested before I can use it to help tell my stories. The first step is to find the sensitivity of the sensor.

Infusing First Person POV Into Mountain Dew GAME FUEL MW3

In mid-October, I got a call from McG to see if I was available to do a Mountain [...]

Arri Alexa vs. Canon C500

Here is the first of a three part series on the Arri Alexa vs. the Canon C500 in camera tests for Need for Speed.

Canon C500 vs. Film Camera Test

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

Canon 1DC Camera Tests Outside the Studio

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.

"Sports Authority" with the The Kessler V3 Crane and Revolution Head

When director Peter Odiorne asked me to shoot Sports Authority “Shoe,” the [...]

Tiffen Diffusion Filters and Steadicam

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,

Navy Swimmer: Mountain Rescue & Sea Rescue Sequences

Here is the breakdown for the Mountain Rescue portion of Navy Swimmer.

– 1-camera in deep water housing which captures underwater and split level shots
– 1-camera mounted on the Navy Swimmers helmet to capture him exiting the helicopter and being lowered down in between the rocks…

Canon Lenses Create Beautiful Skin Tones

When choosing a lens for the Canon 5D Mark II camera you have to consider the look and feel that you are trying to create for the final visual product. My team and I have tested and played with these lenses quite a bit and here is…

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.

Diffusion for the Digital Age – Using Stockings

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.

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.

The Buzz About Plasma Light Tech: Hive Lighting

A few weeks ago, I shot a run and gun style web series and the generous team over at Hive Lighting gave me one of their units to demo. Plasma light technology is pretty incredible.

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.

Top 10 Hurlblog Posts of 2013

We run down our top ten most read blog posts from 2013

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.

Lighting Series Number 4: "Into the Blue" Sunset for Hours

When John Stockwell asked me to do a film set in the Bahamas about sunken treasure, greed, fun, and really hot chicks I was in. I had never done a movie on the water.

Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 1 – The Growth and Innovation of Kino Flo

My dear friend Frieder Hochheim goes into the history of his innovative,...