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How I Learned Composition at 12 Years of Age

How I Learned Composition at 12 Years of Age

At 12 years old I knew I wanted to look through cameras for a living. Thanks to Youtube, I’ve been able to take a look back at what…

VR is seriously cool. But is there money in it?

VR is seriously cool. But is there money in it?

If you spent just a few minutes at NAB this year you would have picked up the three big themes: 8K, high dynamic range, and VR. While many are scratching…

How To Use The ETTR Technique To Maximize Your Dynamic Range

How To Use The ETTR Technique To Maximize Your Dynamic Range

Arguably the most effective exposure technique for retaining maximum dynamic range with modern digital cinema cameras is to simply “Expose To The Right”. While many of today’s cinema cameras…

BULLETX – The C-47 Gets Upgraded

BULLETX – The C-47 Gets Upgraded

The C-47 clothespin is vital to filmmakers and creative professionals all across the world. Just like the airplane, their simple design makes them efficient and reliable. While C-47…

P + S Technik’s 1.5x 35-70mm Anamorphic Zoom

P + S Technik’s 1.5x 35-70mm Anamorphic Zoom

There I stood in Wooden Camera’s booth at NAB 2016. The woman in front of me cocked her head to one side and gave me a perplexed look…

A Response to The New Yorker’s Article on VR

A Response to The New Yorker’s Article on VR

The New Yorker recently published an article about virtual reality, and I felt the need to publish a response. I did so via the Cinematography Mailing List‘s VR…

NYC, 18 May: HDR in camera & post @ Deluxe

NYC, 18 May: HDR in camera & post @ Deluxe

[Update: registration info] Sometimes it’s worth the hassle to live in New York.  Next Wednesday, May 18th, Panasonic and Deluxe host a 3-hour event showing off the…

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…

Panasonic Shows Off Varicam LT To PVC: NAB 2016

Panasonic Shows Off Varicam LT To PVC: NAB 2016

Panasonic first announced the VariCam LT in February 2016. NAB 2016 was likely the first place many shooters had the opportunity to get their hands on the camera and test…

X-Rite announces partnership with SmallHD

X-Rite announces partnership with SmallHD

Right after NAB Show 2016 X-Rite announced a partnership with SmallHD centered on the first-ever line of daylight-viewable, full-HD display with flexible power production-monitor models…

Leaving Las Vegas: LED Lights and HDR at NAB

Leaving Las Vegas: LED Lights and HDR at NAB

I work a booth at NAB so I didn’t see a lot this year, but I saw enough. Here are a few things that stuck out during my…

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…

Review: Video Devices PIX-E Monitor/Recorder

Review: Video Devices PIX-E Monitor/Recorder

I’m not going to kid you.  I’m no fan of cameras that make you jump through hoops to perform essential functions, and there is no more essential function…

In Praise of Lens Flares

In Praise of Lens Flares

I never thought I’d type those words without something knife-like poking me in the back, but my new Apple TV helped change my mind. Years ago, when the…

REVIEW: Paralinx Ace Wireless Video System

REVIEW: Paralinx Ace Wireless Video System

Looking for a wireless video system that has good range, a lightweight form, HDMI or SDI support, and won’t break the bank? I was looking for exactly that, and…

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