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Alexa 65 shows that large format TV makes a difference in “Altered Carbon”

Alexa 65 shows that large format TV makes a difference in “Altered Carbon”

I’m eight episodes in to Netflix’s Altered Carbon, and I’ve officially become a believer in large format TV cinematography. Here’s why. It…

Your camera MAY have a color gamut: further musings on camera color pipelines

Your camera MAY have a color gamut: further musings on camera color pipelines

My last article resulted in some new input on color gamuts. Here’s what I think I know now. Before I start, if you haven’t read my…

Your camera does not have a color gamut

Your camera does not have a color gamut

Yes, it’s true: your camera has no color gamut. Don’t believe me? Good, ’cause I’m going to try to lay it out for…

Blackmagic Feb 1st Broadcast New Products Announcements

Blackmagic Feb 1st Broadcast New Products Announcements

Today, Blackmagic Design took the opportunity to live stream their new 2018 broadcast product updates. On-screen Blackmagic CEO, Grant Petty, showed off a number of new broadcast products. Most…

The large format look, continued: shallow focus and stressing old lenses

The large format look, continued: shallow focus and stressing old lenses

I’ve been getting some play time with RED’s new Weapon camera with a Monstro sensor at Videofax in San Francisco. Jim Rolin, one of Videofax’s owners and…

Ultra-D: 4K glasses-free 3D at CES 2018

Ultra-D: 4K glasses-free 3D at CES 2018

Some say 3D is dead, others believe it is just starting. This edition of CES will, again, reveal new solutions for 3D, and Stream TV Networks will also be present…

Some thoughts on color, brightness, and contrast

Some thoughts on color, brightness, and contrast

I’m not happy with just knowing that colors work together in artistic ways. I want to know why. Here are some thoughts. I’m a strict amateur…

ART OF THE SHOT: Buddy Squires, ASC Talks About Shooting Ken Burn and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War”

ART OF THE SHOT: Buddy Squires, ASC Talks About Shooting Ken Burn and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War”

He has shot more than 200 films and is a frequent collaborator with Ken Burns. Buddy Squires, ASC is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Director of Photography. If you…

Train your eyes to see color, the easy way

Train your eyes to see color, the easy way

Color awareness is a learned skill. All you really need is a car. The human brain is a funny thing. For the longest time I was aware of color in…

Blackmagic Design Announces Updates to Micro Studio Camera 4K And More

Blackmagic Design Announces Updates to Micro Studio Camera 4K And More

Blackmagic seems to have a firmware update for just about everything they make. Well, in all seriousness, Blackmagic has updated a handful of items. The headliners for this mass update…

Opening titles: commercials that sell a series

Opening titles: commercials that sell a series

The art of the opening title sequence is flourishing like never before. The best ones contain clues, “Easter eggs,” as to the theme of path of the series…

Three beautiful TV shows you probably aren’t watching

Three beautiful TV shows you probably aren’t watching

I’ve worked on episodic television. I know how fast it moves. That’s why I’m amazed at how good recent TV shows tend to look…

Canon Compact Zoom Lens Review: 18-80mm and 70-200mm

Canon Compact Zoom Lens Review: 18-80mm and 70-200mm

When I started this career I was told to never ever, under no circumstances, use a camera’s autofocus. Just do not use it. Back then, this was more…

Blackmagic’s ATEM Television Studio Pro HD Review

Blackmagic’s ATEM Television Studio Pro HD Review

I sat in my office and stared at the brown cardboard box holding Blackmagic’s new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD switcher. How was I going to test and…

MegaBots’ Giant Fighting Robots Web Series Captured on Blackmagic Micro Cinema Cameras

MegaBots’ Giant Fighting Robots Web Series Captured on Blackmagic Micro Cinema Cameras

I love hearing news about small cameras stepping up into big rolls.  Today, Blackmagic shared a story about Micro Cinema Cameras, one of my favorite little cameras, and a URSA…