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Developing An Awareness of Color

Developing An Awareness of Color

Color awareness came slowly to me, but now I can’t escape it. Read on, and follow me down the rabbit hole. This article started out as an analysis…

Cine Gear Expo 2016: A Closer Look at the SkyPanel from ARRI

Cine Gear Expo 2016: A Closer Look at the SkyPanel from ARRI

Production professionals at every level are used to dealing with gels and manually adjusting their setup to get the right feel and tone. It can be a cumbersome and time…

Light, again, shines at Cine Gear Expo

Light, again, shines at Cine Gear Expo

With over 20 top lighting-makers on the scene, it is fair to say that lights are on at Cine Gear Expo, again. LED lighting leads the herd, with new…

Anamorphics and Blackmagic’s URSA Mini: NAB 2016

Anamorphics and Blackmagic’s URSA Mini: NAB 2016

Found in the new UI is the option to turn the 16:9 4.6K Super 35mm sized sensor into a 3K 4:3 anamorphic sensor. This allows the use…

Arri Talks New Softbank Features: NAB 2016

Arri Talks New Softbank Features: NAB 2016

Great, easy to use, lights make production run smoother. Last year, at NAB 2015 Arri introduced us to their latest LED light, the Skypanel. This year at NAB2016 they&#8217…

4.6K Blackmagic URSA Mini Review

4.6K Blackmagic URSA Mini Review

We’ve been waiting on this camera, and this sensor, for almost a year. We saw many Beta testers out in the wild. We pined for 4.6K footage…

4.6K URSA Mini Compared To Arri Alexa

4.6K URSA Mini Compared To Arri Alexa

With the Blackmagic 4.6K URSA Mini now shipping we are getting a great preview of what to expect out of the camera. In step John Brawley, an Australian Director…

Updates to Blackmagic Video Assist and DaVinci Resolve

Updates to Blackmagic Video Assist and DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic announces updates to their Video Assist and to DaVinci Resolve. Some of the updates include h265 encoding and DNxHD recoding…

Location Lighting Tips: Faking the Sun

Location Lighting Tips: Faking the Sun

As a director of photography I often find myself in circumstances that are not always in my control, and yet with issues that I am required to solve. You have…

Location Interview Lighting Tips: HMI Lights & Looking into the Lens

Location Interview Lighting Tips: HMI Lights & Looking into the Lens

I recently shot a series of location interviews that will be used as the narrative backbone for a client’s short documentary project. They scheduled a few days of…

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12.1 Update Available Now

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12.1 Update Available Now

Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update immediately available. I’ll detail the avalanche of new features and updates here…

Blackmagic Video Assist Review

Blackmagic Video Assist Review

With the $459.00 SDI/HDMI Monitor/Recorder does Blackmagic have a hit of a product with the Video Assist on their hands…

LUTCalc: Trials, errors, and a full-range LC709A LUT

LUTCalc: Trials, errors, and a full-range LC709A LUT

After much experimentation, and a bit of failed hacking, I’ve come up with a good full-range Cine-EI LUT for Sony FS7/F5/F55. Read on, and…

Hacking Alexa’s Rec 709 LUT into a Sony FS7/F5/F55

Hacking Alexa’s Rec 709 LUT into a Sony FS7/F5/F55

A new, free app gives us the power to mix and match LUTs—even between cameras! This is what happened when I crammed an Alexa Rec 709 3D LUT into…

Fury Rig: From Mad Max Fury Road to Your DSLR

Fury Rig: From Mad Max Fury Road to Your DSLR

Although many dismiss DSLRs as serious filmmaking tools, producers of movies like Mad Max: Fury Road use DSLRs as part of the production, because they “can really serve a story…