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Reading a Light Meter: Tips and Tricks
Jan24

Reading a Light Meter: Tips and Tricks

The light meter is essential for matching and to get your head around light ratios as a young cinematographer.

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The Buzz About Plasma Light Tech: Hive Lighting
Sep06

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.

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My Go To Lighting Package Part Two: The Basics
Aug15

My Go To Lighting Package Part Two: The Basics

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.

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Shane Hurlbut’s Go To Lighting Package
Jul16

Shane Hurlbut’s Go To Lighting Package

Many of you requested information on the go to lighting package. Having a package that can do many types of lighting is the secret. Lights that can multi-task are my recipe for success.

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Training Your Eye – Lighting for Cinematographers
Apr03

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.

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Inspiration and Passion Create Innovation: The Big Story Behind SmallHD
Nov29

Inspiration and Passion Create Innovation: The Big Story Behind SmallHD

The trailer for the documentary that Hurlbut Visuals produced about this forward thinking company called SmallHD, founded by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus.

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Creating a Beauty Light with a Book Light
Nov15

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.

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How to Light for Specific Camera Blocking: Master to Close-Up
Nov01

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.

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The Power of Lighting with Just Two Lights: We Are Marshall
Aug01

The Power of Lighting with Just Two Lights: We Are Marshall

Working with less is how I like to light. On We Are Marshall, I challenged myself and my team to think about how we could light a major night exterior in the rain with just two lights.

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Building Medusa: The Perfect DIY Fire Light
Jul11

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.

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Portable Lighting with the Rosco LitePad Kit
Jun18

Portable Lighting with the Rosco LitePad Kit

I am always in pursuit of new lighting technology, and this Rosco LitePad kit knocked me out with its size, versatility, color and punch.

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Lighting with Canon’s 1DC DSLR 4K Capture Project “The Ticket”
Apr26

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.

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The Canon C300 on an El Pollo Loco Spot
Mar28

The Canon C300 on an El Pollo Loco Spot

The current spot was for El Pollo Loco, and the concept was a very action oriented camera, with snap zooms and quick handheld push ins and pull outs. I thought the Canon C300 would be the perfect camera for this job, lightweight and maneuverable.

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Large Sensor Cameras – Economical Lighting
Jan31

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 [...]

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Lighting with Home Depot Lights: Part 2
Dec16

Lighting with Home Depot Lights: Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about my lighting package that looked like an aisle inside

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Infusing First Person POV Into Mountain Dew GAME FUEL MW3
Dec07

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 [...]

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Building the Perfect Key Light
Nov11

Building the Perfect Key Light

After my blog post about lighting from your local hardware store, I wanted to take it one step further [...]

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Lighting Basics: Going With What is Available
Nov05

Lighting Basics: Going With What is Available

The exciting thing about the Arri Alexa, F-3 and the new wave of DSLR’s is their high ISO range to minimum [...]

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Kino Flo: Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 2
Jul15

Kino Flo: Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 2

Freider Hochheim continues the conversation about the direction and future of Kino Flo.

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Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 1 – The Growth and Innovation of Kino Flo
Jul06

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, forward thinking, Eco-friendly company that started renting out of a small van in the 80′s and now is the industry leader in everything that is soft, controllable fluorescent technology. Frieder and the future: Their new LED technology will blow you away. I had the privilege to check it out in his studio and one word describes the light. WOW!!!! There is...

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