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The Pros and Cons of Upgrading to a Full-Frame Sensor

Par Rubidium Wu

Is it time to consider upgrading to a full-frame cinema workflow? In this article, we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of upgrading sensor size.

The Best Scenario for Using Space Lights: An Introduction

Par Rubidium Wu

Shooting in natural light, outdoors, can often be a limiting experience. Introducing the space light — a great alternative to outdoor lighting.

Will an Electronic Viewfinder Help You Get Better Shots?

Par Rubidium Wu

In this article, we'll examine the EVF, its usability pros and cons, and the best options for an indie filmmaking budget.

Getting Your Lights and Camera in Impossible Places

Par Rubidium Wu

The Mini MAX is a great option to lighting a scene, giving the actors and camera the freedom to move and shoot at almost 360 degrees.

How Hollywood Gets the “Film Look” Using Digital Cameras

Par Rubidium Wu

This article takes a look at the digital side of the film world, the importance of film grain, and the evolution of getting that "cinematic" look.

5 Bang-for-Your-Buck Cinema Lenses for Beginners

Par Bud Simpson

A plethora of makes, models, features, and price points for cinema lenses can overwhelm the first-time buyer. Let's look at five solid investments.

Filmmaking Lessons from the Making of the Sci-Fi Horror Classic “Alien”

Par Jourdan Aldredge

A new documentary, "Memory: the Origins of Alien," explores the filmmaking process behind the iconic sci-fi horror classic "Alien."

Massive Updates to the BMPCC4K Are Finally Here

Par Lewis McGregor

After a long wait since the initial reports, we finally get a new update that completely reenergizes the Pocket 4K with plenty of new features.

Meet the Pocket-Sized, Versatile Aputure MC Film Light

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Aputure introduces its first RGBWW and smallest light to date with the MC. See what this tiny-but-powerful light can offer.

The Noise Factor: When Is Digital Noise Okay in a Shot?

Par Lewis McGregor

Digital noise is a dignified enemy for low-budget filmmakers and content creators. But when would it be okay to let a noisy shot slide?

Exploring the Emotion and Beauty Behind Uplighting

Par Rubidium Wu

Uplighting is a great tool in any DP or gaffer's tool kit. Let’s look at the main ways uplighting gets used (and misused) in cinematography.

Post-Production Tips: How to Create a Split-Field Diopter Effect

Par Rubidium Wu

Using a split-field diopter used to be much more common, but it's still an effective tool. What is it, and how can you create the effect yourself?

Learn Francis Ford Coppola’s Signature Dolly Move

Par Rubidium Wu

Let's take a look at the dolly Francis Ford Coppola developed for some of his most revered films — and how it affected the overall aesthetic.

The Video Camera Trends Currently Re-Shaping the Industry

Par Jourdan Aldredge

A look into how digital cameras are continuing to change the landscape of the film and video industry, both nowt and into the near future.

Is Autofocus Finally Ready to Take The Filmmaking Field?

Par Rubidium Wu

Autofocus has long been a part of documentary filmmaking, at every budget level, since they often lack the budget for a dedicated focus puller.

FIZ Systems (Focus, Iris, Zoom) and How to Use Them

Par Rubidium Wu

In this article, we take a look at the evolution and application of the FIZ system — including their unparalleled ability to control the camera remotely.

Will Buying Your Own Camera Get You Work as a DP?

Par Rubidium Wu

We take a look at the owner-operator model of cinematography — including the pros and cons of buying your own camera rig.

Nature’s Lighting: A Guide on Shooting With or Against the Sun

Par Jourdan Aldredge

If you’re shooting outside on your next project, here are some tips on how to shoot both with or against the ultimate light source — the sun.

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