Art Adams - Director of Photography

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Cinematographer Art Adams shoots spots, visual effects, web/interactive/mobile and high-end marketing projects. His website is at http://www.artadamsdp.com.

Art has been published in HD Video Pro, American Cinematographer, Australian Cinematographer and Camera Operator Magazine He is a current member of the International Cinematographers Guild, a past member of the Society of Camera Operators (SOC), and an industry consultant and educator. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Three Variations on Lighting a Single Shot Commercial

Three Variations on Lighting a Single Shot Commercial

I love a challenge, as that’s when I get to do my best work. One of these spots was easy, one was moderately difficult, and one was hard…

Polishing the Talking Head Interview

Polishing the Talking Head Interview

I’m constantly experimenting with common lighting setups and trying to make them better. There is no more common lighting setup than that of the talking head interview. Here…

Flicker: Why On-Set Monitors Fail Us

Flicker: Why On-Set Monitors Fail Us

While working as a young second camera assistant on a film TV series in the 1990s, I noticed the DP set the camera shutter to 144 degrees (1/60th of…

TLCI vs. CRI, CQS, etc.: How do they stack up?

TLCI vs. CRI, CQS, etc.: How do they stack up?

How does TLCI stack up against the other measures of color accuracy? I’ve argued that its testing methodologies might be suspect, but I’ve never actually looked…

Light the background to light the foreground

Light the background to light the foreground

Years ago, when I first lit a shot of an actor, head to toe, standing on a green screen cyc, I learned a lesson that has stayed with me to…

“Too Much Headroom!” The Joy of “Unconventional” Compositions

“Too Much Headroom!” The Joy of “Unconventional” Compositions

I’m a huge fan of the TV series Mr. Robot. Not only does it have one of the deepest and most intricate storylines I’ve ever seen…

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 31 –  Overthinking your job

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 31 – Overthinking your job

In what was essentially a combination of Scott Simmons’ #28daysofquicktips and my own AMA, I answered questions throughout the month of September last year on a daily basis. The PVC…

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 30 – White balancing to an odd light source

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 30 – White balancing to an odd light source

In what was essentially a combination of Scott Simmons’ #28daysofquicktips and my own AMA, I answered questions throughout the month of September last year on a daily basis. The PVC…

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 29 – Manually white balancing a camera to a light source

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 29 – Manually white balancing a camera to a light source

In what was essentially a combination of Scott Simmons’ #28daysofquicktips and my own AMA, I answered questions throughout the month of September last year on a daily basis. The PVC…

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 28 – Breaking into and making a living in the industry

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 28 – Breaking into and making a living in the industry

In what was essentially a combination of Scott Simmons’ #28daysofquicktips and my own AMA, I answered questions throughout the month of September last year on a daily basis. The PVC…