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Pull Focus Wirelessly with the PD1: Remote Air One

If you’re looking to add dynamic shots for your next project and a way to do more with a jib, steadicam, and even slider, a wireless follow focus could be the tool for you. I had the opportunity to test out the PD1 from ikan and was pretty impressed with the quick setup and simple design. Read more

Steel Wool Photography

Guest Post by Andrew Morris:

Once upon arriving in the Outer Banks, we loosely planned what days we would be doing what. I planned the photo outings around that. Shot some stars and sunsets (mostly) but there was one photo I really wanted, something I haven’t done in a long time; steel wool photographs.
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Smooth Pans and Tilts with the E-Image GH15 Tripod

A piece in every cameraman’s (and camera woman’s) kit that can’t be compromised is a solid tripod. I heard that when I first started in the field, but went the affordable route and found myself buying a second tripod that same year, and then renting another one on bigger projects with heavier cameras. Don’t do what I did. Save your money, get a great tripod that will outlast your cameras and one that can work with a variety of rigs. I finally did that, and got the E-Image GH15 tripod from ikan. Read more

How and Why I Chose the Canon C300

Since 2009 I’ve owned the Canon 7D and that has always been my go to camera. For a while, it seemed as it was everyone’s go to video camera. And why wouldn’t it be? Great image, countless lensing options, and extremely portable. However, technology keeps improving and there is better out there. Not to mention I was constantly renting bigger and ‘better’ cameras for almost every project. I knew it was time to buy a new camera and it took me a while before I settled on the Canon C300. But how, or even why, did I choose that camera? Let me tell you. Read more

Need an Outdoor Monitor? Check Out The ikan MD7

When prepping for a shoot the one thing that I always want on hand is a trusted field monitor. Something that works with any camera, can handle abuse in the field and that can be used for a variety of applications. A 7″ screen is perfect for pulling focus, for a director to use and even to hand off to your client. ikan has come out with an awesome monitor that does all of this plus offers a high bright output that allows you to view outdoors without using a hood.
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Rokinon Cine Lens Sharpening Test

As the title states, this is a test on the Rokinon Cine Lenses. In this specific test I am only looking at sharpness. I shot at wide open, f/2.8 f/5.6. It was an unbiased test to see how these lenses looked at certain apertures so I know what to expect when using them in the field. Read more

Cool Production Peeps – Julia Swain

For my next installment of Cool Production Peeps, I am excited to introduce you to Julia Swain. Julia is an extremely talented cinematographer who works in both narrative and commercial. Most recently, Julia shot Lockheed, by James Franco, for the feature film Killing Animals produced by Rabbit Bandini and has collected many awards for her cinematography. Read more

FLOLIGHT FLUORESCENT TEST PART 2 – Skin Tones

In part 2 of the FLolight fluorescent test I wanted to test skin tones in a simple interview setup. Similar to my whiteboard test in part 1, I wanted to only adjust iris, white balance, and the bulbs themselves. Read more

Flolight Fluorescent Test Part 1

Quality of light is of huge importance for anyone in the field of photography and cinematography. Color, output, throw and softness are all things you need to look at when purchasing lights. I got a set of the Flolight fluorescents and wanted to put them through some testing to see if it is a kit I could satisfy directors and clients with. Read more

Best Clothes For the On-Set Life

This may seem like an odd post compared to typical gear posts, but having the proper clothing can make a huge difference in your comfort when being on set and on your feet all day. Although it took a little time, I have found what works best for me in all situations on-set. Read more

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