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Affordable-ish Pro Cine Prime Lenses

Affordable-ish Pro Cine Prime Lenses

Ten years ago if you were “indie”, you kludged together some fast still prime lenses for your cinema camera package. You’d stick them on your DSLR with the…

Reality: it’s completely overrated

Reality: it’s completely overrated

There’s no such thing as a reality show, only unreality shows. The more unreal, in some cases, the better. Back in the early 2000s all of my corporate…

DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel Review

DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel Review

In March I wrote a review of the DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel. I loved it, Studio B, where I often freelance, bought one, and everyone there loves it. A professional…

The Electronic Side of Color Media

The Electronic Side of Color Media

In our previous installment, we looked at the history of color in film. Film color evolved over the years from hand painting directly on the film frames to various photochemical…

Defining “The Cinematic Look”

Defining “The Cinematic Look”

Many of us talk about “the cinematic look” without defining what it is. Here’s my take. For a Mother’s Day outing, my spouse, in-laws and I went…

Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Every lens has a feel and a purpose. Some reproduce the world perfectly, some imperfectly. They all have their place, but I have come to appreciate “imperfect” over…

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 6, “How the Audience Will See Your Work”

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 6, “How the Audience Will See Your Work”

This is the sixth installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first…

A Short History of Color in Film and Television

A Short History of Color in Film and Television

The beginning of the photochemical film process came in the form of still photography at the end of the first quarter of the 19th century (around 1826). It would be…

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 5, “The Technical Side of HDR”

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 5, “The Technical Side of HDR”

This is the fifth installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first…

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 4, “Artistic Considerations”

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 4, “Artistic Considerations”

This is the fourth installment of six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR…

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV, Day 3: “Monitor Considerations”

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV, Day 3: “Monitor Considerations”

This is the third installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this five-part series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate…

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 2, “On Set with HDR”

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 2, “On Set with HDR”

This is the second installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first…

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 1, “What is HDR TV?”

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 1, “What is HDR TV?”

This is the first installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate…

Preview: the Mini XTC 9250-XL

Preview: the Mini XTC 9250-XL

Just in time for NAB, the 9250-XL is everything that a producer could want in a camera. The revolution has begun…   Don Starnes directs and photographs movies…