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Lens coverage, sensor size, and pushing the limits

Lens coverage, sensor size, and pushing the limits

Sensors and lenses don’t always get along. In the HDR and UHD world, it’s important to test, test, test. Recently I shot a diffraction test meant…

Signature Primes vs. Ultra Primes: The Pixel-Peeper’s Guide

Signature Primes vs. Ultra Primes: The Pixel-Peeper’s Guide

For nine months I’ve been working periodically as a trainer for the ARRI Academy. Recently we added an Alexa LF to the class, accompanied by a set of…

Large sensor lens coverage: taking old glass to the “breaking” point

Large sensor lens coverage: taking old glass to the “breaking” point

 Old glass and large sensors need a lot of testing. The results may surprise you. In this article I took a look at how older S35 lenses performed on a…

Speed lighting: more lessons from the ARRI Academy

Speed lighting: more lessons from the ARRI Academy

The ARRI Academy isn’t only about learning how cameras work. We also teach how to use them. I’ve never seen a class as motivated as the…

ARRI Signature Primes: the conscious design of softness

ARRI Signature Primes: the conscious design of softness

This is a story about a lens family whose soft focus backgrounds were consciously designed, and the lens mount that made them possible. For the last six months I&#8217…

The film look: what is it, and why are there two of them?

The film look: what is it, and why are there two of them?

The film look is an elusive thing. Everyone has their favorite flavor, but there are two basic, yet opposite, techniques in vogue right now—and I think I’ve…

Alexa 65 shows that large format TV makes a difference in “Altered Carbon”

Alexa 65 shows that large format TV makes a difference in “Altered Carbon”

I’m eight episodes in to Netflix’s Altered Carbon, and I’ve officially become a believer in large format TV cinematography. Here’s why. It…

iClone 7: unmatched in the industry

iClone 7: unmatched in the industry

It’s a tour de force that is unmatched in the industry, says Jeff Jasper, Oscar-winning team member/FX Supervisor Interstellar, referring to iClone 7, available for Windows from…

iClone & HitFilm, tools in the animator’s tool box

iClone & HitFilm, tools in the animator’s tool box

The prehistoric animation by Kevin Seid was created with a beta version of iClone7 and HitFilm Pro 2017. The new version of iClone will be available June 2017. The new…

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…