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Featured Samples

There is a lot of my work as a Director of Photography and Camera Operator that lives on other webpages. If there is something on my site that you don’t see, please Contact Me to see if I have an example of it elsewhere. I have also set up a Portfolio on Vimeo to see more of my work.

The Most Amazing Race 2011 60 Second Spot from Rob Ruscher on Vimeo.

Heather Byrd Promo Video from Rob Ruscher on Vimeo.

Equipment List

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The following is the gear I own which will serve most purposes. For those projects that require more or even something different, I have my go to rental house.

Be sure to check out my Gear Review Videos

Canon 7D

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 Lens
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Lens
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens

Light Craft Workshop Fader NDs
Bower Nikon to Canon mount

Rigs and Accessories:
Glidecam 2000HD
Marshall 5″ Monitor
Ikan DSLR Flyweight handheld rig
Custom Straight Rig with Monitor
Compact handheld rig with Z-finder
Manfrotto 503HDV tripod
Zacuto Z-Finder jr.
Dfocus Follow Focus and Dfocus Gears
Jag35 Battery for camera and monitor

Samsung Zoom H4n
Azden SGM-1X Shotgun Mic
Sennheiser EW112-p G3 Wireless Lav
Rode Video Mic Pro

Customized for each project

Post Production:
Custom Built PC with Adobe CS6 Master Suite
Apple MacBook Pro
Apple FCS 3


*Disclaimer: I am an official affiliate with B&H Photo Video. I only recommend products that I have used. Through the years I have always bought from B&H due to their low prices, excellent customer service, and ease of use on their site. *


Learning From Shane Hurlbut

In my last ‘Learning From’ post I talked about learning from Wally Pfsiter via interviews and watching his work. With social media, there’s a chance to connect with people all over the country (and the world) and learn from them. Someone I’ve learned a lot from is Shane Hurlbut, ASC. He does a great job of sharing information and giving back to the community. Read more

Learning From Wally Pfister

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a huge believer in learning through experience. I love to read and watch, but I learn the most by going out and shooting and putting myself in positions to learn from others. Unfortunately, Wally Pfister has yet to call me and ask to work for him (Wally if you are reading this, I am willing to do whatever it takes to work for you). Read more

Importance of Taking a Break from an Edit

You have to love those projects you work on that you absolutely look forward to editing. The story that just comes together and you become glued to the monitor. It’s awesome to be this passionate about anything but be sure to take a break here and there. Read more

December 3rd Meetup

With the success of past meetups, Bryan Tosh and I have decided to make this meetup the best one yet. Instead of only grabbing drinks and talking about shooting, we are going to be shooting this time. And don’t worry, there will be drinks after! Read more


A couple weeks ago I helped my good friend Bryan Tosh (@MrTosh1980) organize a DSLR meet in Chinatown, D.C. and it was awesome. Mike Spins (@Mikespins) and Chris Clement (@ChirpCreative) were in town and it was great meeting both of them. So what goes on in a DSLR meet up and why should you go? That’s what this post is about.

Networking, networking and more networking. Now some of you hear networking and immediately think money. That’s not a great way to go about it for this specific meet up. What I liked so much about DSLR in DC is that there was a wide range of skill levels and knowledge that came out. From newbies to 10+ years of practice and those in the middle. Each with their own specialization and knowledge. Seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves which makes me want to do this again real soon.

The biggest thing I took from this meet up was just learning from talking with others. I gave my opinions on certain topics (gear was a big topic and how much is needed vs not needing any) and heard from others. It is great to listen to others stories and learn from their mistakes. Connecting with others in your local area is nothing but great, in my opinion. I know there are some out there that think the field is too competitive for things like this but they won’t last long (in my humble opinion). Great video productions takes a team. No doubt one can do a lot on their own but not for every project. Meeting new people in your area gives you the chance to meet possible future crew members. I talked to the people around me and was able to see what they liked to do most and what projects they want to be working on. I do a wide variety of projects and I’m always looking for a passionate crew to help. It was a great time but there are some things I would like to do differently.

We ended up with about 15 people total which is great. But sitting in the same seat the entire night limited my conversation to those next to me. Next time I want to have us switch seats throughout the night or change locations a couple times so everyone has a chance to talk to everyone. The rain ruined it this time, but next time I want the meet to start outside. Take our cameras and shoot the surrounding area. This will allow us to try out a new lens or even gear depending on what others bring. And, most importantly, I think it would be fun. Bryan even had the idea to go in with a project and we could all help produce it. I have some ideas for that as well :).

To those who joined please email me so I can get a list together for future meet ups (I would like to do another one in June). If you have any suggestions or ways to make these better please comment here or email me. Doing meet ups like this will only make you better as a filmmaker and gives us a (free) chance to learn more and meet others. All comments, both good and bad, are welcome. Hope to see you next time!

DSLR Killer? Are You Kidding Me?

All these new cameras are coming out. Don’t get me wrong. Having all the professional features especially audio and hooking up additional monitors is great. Being able to use the lenses we’ve invested a lot of money into is even better. But saying it is a DSLR killer is… (take a deep breath) wrong. If you think DSLRs are stupid there’s no need to read on. Read more

If I Could Go Back and Start Over

April 26th will mark my one year anniversary of buying a Canon 7D. I wasn’t happy with what I was doing and wanted something more. Something that I wanted to do everyday. Working in an office 40 hours a week just wasn’t for me. Thanks to my income tax return I was able to get a 7D. Woooo! I got a camera! Now what? Read more

2011 Demo Reel

Some of my favorite clips from past projects. You can find more like this by going to my Vimeo Page