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.
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?
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.
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.
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has chosen 12 nominees in three categories of the 2019 Student Heritage Awards. Recognizing exceptional work by cinematography students, the organization designed the ASC Student Heritage Awards to encourage and support a new generation of visual artists. Winners will be announced on October 12. The ASC Student Heritage Awards ...
Autofocus has long been a part of documentary filmmaking, at every budget level, since they often lack the budget for a dedicated focus puller.
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.
We take a look at the owner-operator model of cinematography — including the pros and cons of buying your own camera rig.
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.
There's nothing more cinematic than a great dolly shot, but they're not always easy to pull off. Learn how dolly shots work technically and for storytelling, and ...
To find the perfect documentary-style lenses for your next project, we’re going to look at five of the top lenses across multiple budget ranges.
Capture powerful images with a signature look. In this write-up, we'll look at how a graduated ND filter can make your shots look amazing.
Here are some common sense tips and methods to help you relieve stress and save time on your next adventure as a solo filmmaker.
In this write-up, we’ll take a look at five of the best, highest-quality tools and accessories to make your documentary camera package top notch.
Learn how to create a more cohesive action sequence when dealing with hand-to-hand combat, as well as long-range action scenes.
Today, we'll take a look at which in-air diffusion best emphasizes dramatic light in your scene — as well as adding production value to your set.
In this article, we examine visualizing light through photography — and how it can make you a better cinematographer and filmmaker.
In this write-up, we'll take a look at cutting and shaping light, why you would want to do it, and the best methods for each budget level.
These FREE LUTs are perfect for professional video editors. Make your footage more cinematic with these free color grading tools.
Kodak offers a wide range of options for film stocks. Here, we take a look at what’s available for your next project — and what you should ...
There are several stylistic and technological approaches to communicate information at a distance. We look at two: the zoom and the punch In.
Today, we’ll look at the three main reasons filmmakers use high-output lights on their set, how to harness this light, and what it’s good for. When people ...
Lighting a moving subject and staying out of frame is always difficult. The solution to this problem is easy: follow fill.
Next in our ongoing series of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K guides, we're taking a look at the world of speed boosters.
This breakdown covers a range of creative motivations behind these two aperture settings, as well as the pros and cons of using each category.
You can create dramatic compositions by bouncing hard light off something to make it soft, and create sharp edges and punchy, bold images.
Research demonstrates, in a crowded marketplace, sometimes your best options aren’t always the biggest, most expensive name brands.
In this article, we take a look at why most filmmakers and photographers prefer to light their subjects with large, soft light sources.
Color has long been one of the primary tools filmmakers use to communicate aspects of their characters and the worlds they live in.
Panavision recently announced its brand new LCND filter. We took a look at what it is, how it works, and what to expect from ND filters in ...