Tokina Cinema Zooms V1 – Interview Test

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Tokina Cinema Zooms V1 – Interview Test

A standard test I like to do when looking at new lenses is a simple interview setup. What I like about this is you can see how the lens does with skin tones, sharpness and bokeh. 99.9% of my shoots has people in it so being able to see how this lens does in an […]

Quick Glance – Tokina 100mm t/2.9 Macro

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Quick Glance – Tokina 100mm t/2.9 Macro

The camera is the paint and the lenses are your brushes. Everyone has their own opinion on what looks ‘good’ and more importantly what works for the story but there’s no doubt that lenses are a huge factor in this. Two people can have opposite views on the same image is the reason that I love […]

LiteGear LiteMat Review Part 2 – In the Field

LiteGear LiteMat Review Part 2 – In the Field

When I first got the LiteMats (1 and 2L) I was blown away by how well thought out they were. It was such a compact design that packed some punch. For me, they replaced Kinos. I was able to get the same quality punch in a kit that weighed a few lbs. After using them […]

LiteGear LiteMat Review Part 1 – Tech Specs and First Impressions

LiteGear LiteMat Review Part 1 – Tech Specs and First Impressions

It usually takes more than one shoot to get me to commit to a piece of gear but after using the LiteMat just once, I knew it was something that could be used on almost every shoot. For Part 1, I want to go over the first impressions and tech specs to give you a […]

Creating Daylight with the Hive Lighting Wasp

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Creating Daylight with the Hive Lighting Wasp

High output, daylight balanced, lights are something I can always use onset. The problem with using tungsten lights is how much power you lose once putting on a full CTB gel to convert them to daylight. HMIs are great for this but the problem is how expensive they are. I was lucky enough to try […]

Using the Kessler Pocket Jib for FlytRight

Using the Kessler Pocket Jib for FlytRight

What I love about doing commercial work is the creative freedom you have. What’s better is when working with a talented director you trust so as a Cinematographer, you only have to focus on getting the best shots possible. Part of getting the best shots is having the right tools onset. We used the Kessler […]

First Test with Canon C300 on Green Screen

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First Test with Canon C300 on Green Screen

Different cameras, sensors, picture profiles, and settings all factor into the image that is being recorded. The Canon C300 has a lot of flexibility and a ton of ways to get the exact image you want out of a camera. I’ve been currently testing out profiles for green screen shooting and here are my results […]

Dracast LED Panel Review

Dracast LED Panel Review

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.

Pull Focus Wirelessly with the PD1: Remote Air One

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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 […]

Smooth Pans and Tilts with the E-Image GH15 Tripod

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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 […]