Before continuing, I really recommend watching the video below first. It’s pretty entertaining! What to look for in a Bag… When looking at an equipment bag/case, there are four main considerations: Hard vs Soft Enclosure … Both have their own merits. A hard case, especially a water/weather-proofed case, will probably provide the best security for your gear.… Read More My Camera Bag…
I know that early on I stated that I did not want this to become a “gear” site. That is still the case. That being said, I just wanted to share an observation. In the past two years of the NAB Show (National Association of Broadcasters), there have not been any ‘new’ camera announcements. This… Read More My “Dream” Camera!
In this second part of my “revised” instructional series, we’ll discuss … the “Lens”. In the previous post we said that the all important “frame” is the stage with which we capture and display images or events to an audience. That being said, the “lens” is the glass that not only seperates but also to… Read More 2: The “Lens”
So I’ve been doing some thinking about my goal to share instructive information about cinematography. I’ve found it very time-consuming and exhaustive. I have not been able to share info as quickly as I would like. So, am I giving up? No way! However, I think I will try a new approach. A simpler one… Read More 1: The “Frame”
As a cinematographer, I love all sorts of visuals. One type I’ve always appreciated is aerial photography/cinematography. For me they give the viewer a perspective that is unlike any other. Historically, aerial photography was only possible using large and expensive aircraft like planes or helicopters. I’ve only had one opportunity to shoot out of a… Read More Drone Training Part 1
I apologize for the long break in posts (Life has a funny way of getting in the way). This quick post is sort of an update on a previous post. If you recall, I had shared my intentions to create a DIY camera rig. Well, that project has still not come to fruition (No, I… Read More DIY DSLR/Mirrorless “Run n’ Gun” Rig
After choosing your optical process (Spherical or Anamorphic) and capture medium (Film or Digital), the next important decision to be made is your Capture Format. Capture format refers to the physical size and shape (aspect ratio) of the film frame or digital sensor. Capture format is independent of capture medium. As the graphic above illustrates,… Read More Part 3.1: Capture Format – What is it?
From the previous post, I mentioned some of the inspirations I had for my rig. Let’s discuss those a little more. I really liked the ErgoCine design for it’s focus on shoulder mounted ergonomics. As stated on their site, they really tried to emulate the most ergonomic camera design (by general consensus) to date – the Aaton LTR.… Read More My K.I.S.S (Keep it Super Simple) Rig Phase 1: Design
[Quotes courtesy of – http://www.theasc.com/site/blog/parallax-view/totino-laments-disappearance-of-craft/ & http://nofilmschool.com/2016/07/jeff-nichols-midnight-special-cinematography-anamorphic-lenses] In the last post, we discussed how the accessibility of digital makes it, by default, the primary option for many filmmakers. In this post, however, we’ll discuss an area where film is superior. “Film is better than digital in…Craftsmanship!” It’s not that film automatically makes someone a craftsperson in as much… Read More Part 2c: Capture Medium – Film beats digital in…
A few weeks back I shared the contents of my camera bag. I’ve been asked, why it seemed to be missing a pretty critcal tool for filmmaking… a camera! I didn’t forget or neglect to include a camera on the list. To be perfectly honest, I personally only own the afore mentioned Nikon D60 (Stills ONLY)… Read More Equipment Packages