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Using Color Correction Gels with New Digital Cameras
Sep18

Using Color Correction Gels with New Digital Cameras

Color correction gels can be used many ways, but what I will discuss is how to use them in subtle ways to create color contrast with the new digital sensors.

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How Lenses Assist in Storytelling
May29

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.

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Lighting Day Exteriors
May15

Lighting Day Exteriors

Lighting day exteriors is as much about choosing the right time as it is about your manipulation of the daylight.

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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 Importance of Camera Tests
Sep20

The Importance of Camera Tests

We have so many new digital tools at our disposal that you cannot just pick them up and start shooting with them. Treat your new digital camera like a new film emulsion that needs testing.

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Polarizing Filters: Powerful Filmmaking Tools
Aug16

Polarizing Filters: Powerful Filmmaking Tools

My cinematography interns and I set out on a mission to showcase the many uses of a polarizing filter.

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Diffusion for the Digital Age: The Use of Glass Filtration
Jun11

Diffusion for the Digital Age: The Use of Glass Filtration

We demo the power of the glass filter, including the ones that I use and their wonderful benefits.

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Diffusion for the Digital Age – Using Smoke
May11

Diffusion for the Digital Age – Using Smoke

Using the right filtration to impose a mood, create a style, encapsulate a time period or just to cream a woman’s skin can be a very powerful visual tool. The first diffusion I go to time and time again, whether it is film or HD, is smoke.

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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 Series I:  Where to place your KEY LIGHT
Jul08

Lighting Basics Series I: Where to place your KEY LIGHT

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.

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