DOPs & Post Production: Is This Our New Livelihood? September 7th 2020 - 09:00 AM

Before pandemics and the downsizing at traditional, broadcast news operations, many news and non-fiction DOPs were already assuming a significant role in post-production. Whereas frame rates, f-stops, and the character of our lenses, once formed the backbone of our expertise and practice, DOPs in the non-theatrical realm increasingly find ourselves…

Is Gamma Still Needed? - Part 3 August 14th 2020 - 09:00 AM

There are two components of gamma that have quite different purposes. One of them is always necessary because displays and their surroundings are never equally as bright as the original scene. The other one is a compression technique.

HDR - Part 12 - The Right Side Of Lenses August 3rd 2020 - 09:00 AM

There are a number of reasons why people like old lenses, and they’re all very valid. Cameras and lenses so good they’re invisible are a recent development. Most of the best films ever made, by default, predate today’s spotless pictures, and artists have always been a rebellious bunch…

Lockdown Lighting July 20th 2020 - 09:00 AM

Lets’ start by stating the obvious: TV reporters are not trained lighting designers. When the pandemic hit, stations were forced to figure out new ways of socially distanced, on-air reporting, and initially asked reporters to pick a well-lit room in their house and place a lamp behind the camera to i…