I was lucky enough to get a Dracast LED panel to evaluate and I was extremely pleased with the build quality and results of the light. In this post I’ll be reviewing color temperature, build quality and run time. Read on to see the results and my overall thoughts of the light panel. Read more
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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