cinematography tips

Blocking Before Coffee

Blocking Before Coffee

Feature film: first day. The crew and I start to run out of things to prepare; the director is 45 minutes late, despite the nervous producer’s assurances that…

Behind the Cinematography of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary “Cartel Land”

Behind the Cinematography of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary “Cartel Land”

Cinematographer Matt Porwoll is based in New York City. His most recent work, Cartel Land, was nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary (feature). Cartel Land was…

Roger Deakins and His New Website

Roger Deakins and His New Website

After years Roger Deakins ASC, BSC, CBE updates his website. Updates include a new “look at lighting plans.”&nbsp…

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…

Adorama Pro 101: The Basics – What is Bokeh?

Adorama Pro 101: The Basics – What is Bokeh?

In the latest chapter of Adorama Pro 101: The Basics, we focus on “bokeh.” Derived from a Japanese term translated as “boke,” it is sometimes hard to distinguish between that…

Tips And Gear For Your First Paid Video Gig

Tips And Gear For Your First Paid Video Gig

So you have booked your first video gig and you have a small amount of startup capital to get some of the items you need.  Below is equipment I…

Run & Gun Shooting with a Blackmagic URSA

Run & Gun Shooting with a Blackmagic URSA

It’s no understatement, the Blackmagic URSA is a “husky” camera. Some could even say it needs to go on a diet, but should all those extra…

Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 4

Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 4

Lighting is an evolving art form. Not only does technique change and advance but so does the technology of how light is produced and generated. Even a decade ago the…

Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 3

Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 3

Here we are in Part III of our series, Lighting Tips for Cinematographers. To recap, in part 1 I discussed the topic of lighting for foreground and background exposure. I…