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The 50mm focal length has always been one of my favorites. On a full frame or Super 35mm camera a 50mm lens will act as a beautiful ‘normal’ length lens, closely resembling the field of view of the human eye, while on crop sensor cameras (such as Micro Four Thirds) they become excellent telephoto or portrait […]Read more →
So many younger cinematographers today have come up during the DSLR revolution, and as a result have never used lenses that feature T-Stop markings. DSLR lenses are of course intended for stills photography first and foremost, and the standard measurement of aperture in photography has always been an F-Stop. In film however, aperture is measured in T-Stops which […]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 →
The close up shot is really an art of it’s own, and like any other shot type there are many rules that you can follow (or not follow) that will help you to achieve an optimal look. For the purpose of this article though, I’m not going to be talking about framing, lighting, or aspect […]Read more →
The choice between prime lenses and zoom lenses has been always been a difficult one for professional DP’s and amateurs alike. While primes are traditionally more cinema-oriented than zooms, there are also some great cinema zooms out there, which can make choosing lenses as difficult for a pro shooting on PL glass, as it is […]Read more →
Nearly every day I have readers of this blog ask my advice on which DSLR to buy and how to best set it up for video without breaking the bank. The purpose of this post is to explore just that – With a price cap set at $1000, I’m going to recommend a handful of […]Read more →
For those of you that follow this blog regularly, you know that achieving a filmic look when shooting digitally is very important to me and something I often write about. My recent article ‘How To Make Video Look Like Film’ outlined a lot of basic techniques that when implemented can drastically help to improve your […]Read more →
I’m often asked by other DP’s or shooters, which lenses are best for shooting in ultra-low light conditions. While some of the best lenses for shooting in low-light are course quite expensive (Zeiss Superspeeds for example), there are some fantastic options that are reasonably priced and particularly well suited to shooters that use DSLRs or […]Read more →
I shot with Zeiss Primes on my GH2 for the first time today on set for my feature film Split. Below are some screen grabs from lightly graded stills. Many more to come along with a teaser in the next couple of weeks.Â All of the shots were using Zeiss Primes, except the last one in […]Read more →
Recently, I picked up theÂ 12mm T1.6 Hyperprime fromÂ SLRMagic as I was in need of a fast wide angle lens that would fit my GH2 and upcoming BlackMagic Cinema Camera. While I haven’t yet tested the lens in the field, I’ve done some simple shooting with it to get a feel for it-Â Overall my experience with […]Read more →
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