Education & Inspiration

Behind-the-lens nets: a lost art makes a comeback

Behind-the-lens nets: a lost art makes a comeback

I’ve always been a little different. That’s the only explanation I have for cutting gels out of Rosco and Lee swatch books and putting them behind…

Sony 4K PTZ BRC-X1000 and BRC-H900: REVIEW

Sony 4K PTZ BRC-X1000 and BRC-H900: REVIEW

Sometimes you cannot get a camera and a camera operator in the right position to get the shot. For an undefined number of reasons sometimes a production has some sort…

Chromatic aberration: hard edges, hue shifts, and storytelling

Chromatic aberration: hard edges, hue shifts, and storytelling

Accidents yield interesting truths. This is especially true in lens and camera tests, where it’s hard to know what to test for but there’s always something…

ART OF THE SHOT: “Ask Dr. Ruth” DOP David Paul Jacobson

ART OF THE SHOT: “Ask Dr. Ruth” DOP David Paul Jacobson

Now that the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing I had the opportunity to talk to cinematographer David Paul Jacobson who shot the Hulu documentary chronicling the incredible life…

Three lenses: a look at bokeh, depth of field and geometry

Three lenses: a look at bokeh, depth of field and geometry

Some people take time off during the holidays. I borrow a half million dollars worth of camera and lenses and shoot whatever comes to mind. It’s a sickness…

ART OF THE SHOT: Claudia Raschke, DP for Oscar Nominated “RBG”

ART OF THE SHOT: Claudia Raschke, DP for Oscar Nominated “RBG”

Now that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have nominated the documentary “RBG” for an Oscar for Best Documentary now might be a great time to…

Review: The Canon XF705 4K Camcorder

Review: The Canon XF705 4K Camcorder

The Canon XF705 is the flagship XF camcorder for Canon and it deserves the placement admirably. The 1″ sensor XF-HEVC H.265 Pro Camcorder packs an Ultra High…

Australia’s Stage Mums Shot with Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K

Australia’s Stage Mums Shot with Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K

Australian television comedy “Stage Mums” was shot using its URSA Mini 4.6K and Pocket Cinema Camera digital film cameras. The show’s editing, audio editing, and color correction were…

ART OF THE SHOT: “Free Solo” Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

ART OF THE SHOT: “Free Solo” Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

There are times when you watch a film or a documentary and you cannot pull your gaze away. This is the feeling with the documentary feature “Free Solo.&#8221…

Digital Sputnik Voyager LED Lights: First Look Review

Digital Sputnik Voyager LED Lights: First Look Review

I was an early adopter and Kickstarter backer of the Digital Sputnik Voyager LED lights. I loved their price and I knew I could use them on my everyday shoots…