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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…

Film lens vs. digital lens: what are the differences?

Film lens vs. digital lens: what are the differences?

I’ve worked with a lot of cameras, and I’ve always come back to ARRI cameras whenever I’ve had the chance. It’s just…

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…

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…

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…

RED Announced Dragon-X Sensor to DSMC2 Line

RED Announced Dragon-X Sensor to DSMC2 Line

RED announced the legacy of the Dragon sensor is now available in it’s DSMC2 line up. Placing the Dragon-X just below the Gemini 5K camera in the…

Shooting @3200 ISO On The URSA Mini Pro

Shooting @3200 ISO On The URSA Mini Pro

Before camera firmware 6.0, and the ISO cap on the URSA Mini Pro, I  might have veered away from shooting some news or documentary work on the flagship Blackmagic…

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Review

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Review

Is the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K their best camera to date? I hope we will find this out together so let’s break it down. What criteria…

Casting the look of a camera into glass

Casting the look of a camera into glass

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with ARRI’s senior color designer, and I asked him the question I like to ask all camera manufacturers: “Why?&#8221…

Blackmagic Design eGPU Shooter’s Review

Blackmagic Design eGPU Shooter’s Review

I do not care how the Blackmagic Design eGPU looks. I do not care how it works. I only care if it speeds up my exports. As a shooter I…

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