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Many cinematographers feel that the camera they shoot on is the least important element when it comes to capturing a beautiful image since lighting, lenses, color grading, and other factors often play a more important role. I myself fall into this camp for the most part, and those of you that are frequent visitors of the site likely […]Read more →
Over the couple of weeks a lot of camera announcements have been made – some very exciting, and others not so much. The Canon 7D MKII, Samsung NX1 (which shoots 4K encoded to H.265), and the Sony FS7 are just a few of the highlights. I will be posting some of my thoughts on these […]Read more →
It’s been a really huge week for product announcements, releases, and developments in the camera world, so I wanted to do a quick roundup here for anyone that hasn’t been able to keep up. I’ll start things off by highlighting a new lens by Rokinon, that I have personally been waiting for ages to get my […]Read more →
Insurance is a necessary evil in our industry. If you are shooting a substantial project with actors, crew, and lots of gear then it’s always best to be safe and have an insurance policy to cover liability, injuries, or other damages. Unfortunately however, production insurance can be extremely expensive and there are many situations where the […]Read more →
I’ve always been really picky when it comes to compressing my video files (especially for web), because the image quality of the final product can be made or broken at this stage. There have been certain settings that have worked really well for me over the years with regards to H.264 compression, but it wasn’t […]Read more →
Yesterday I shot my latest film (The Mechanic) guerrilla style on the Canon C100 in Malibu, CA. Initially I had considered shooting the film on many different cameras including the RED EPIC, BMCC, and GH4, but ultimately chose my C100 and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Before I get to my rationale for choosing […]Read more →
As of today, Blackmagic has just slashed the price of their pocket camera in half, from $995 to $495! This is great news for anyone in the market for a pocket cam, or those that already have a pocket or cinema camera and are looking for a b-camera to use in multi-camera environments. The pocket […]Read more →
UPDATE: The DSLR Cinema Guide is now complete and available as a digital download! Click here to learn more. I have written loads of articles on this site about capturing a cinematic image when shooting with a DSLR, and many of you have written to me asking to learn more and more about this topic. I get e-mails […]Read more →
Over the years I have gone through a lot of cameras. My first semi-professional camera was the infamous DVX100 which I later sold when I needed to upgrade to an HD camera, and the endless cycle of buying and selling cameras continued from there. As I started freelancing as a DP, I quickly realized that […]Read more →
A few weeks ago I directed a short film titled ‘Model’, which I also DP’d on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in RAW. While I’m currently in the final stages of post-production (audio mix and final color correct), and have some downtime from the project, I wanted to share my workflow as it was quite different than my […]Read more →
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