Sensors and Lenses - Part 3 February 10th 2020 - 09:00 AM

There’s a terrible tendency in cinematography to concentrate too much on the technology, overlooking creative skills that often make a huge contribution. In the last two pieces of this series we’ve gone into some detail on the historical background to current camera technology. In this last piece on the…

Why On-Camera Filters Still Matter January 16th 2020 - 09:00 AM

We live an era of immensely powerful post-production tools with advanced color-correction and software plug-ins to serve every conceivable function. We can routinely remove guy wires from scenes, change day to night, and add just the right amount of coral or other color to fit any desired mood or impulse.…

Future Production January 10th 2020 - 09:00 AM

It’s not controversial to say that film production in London has been booming for a few years, and there’s no real secret as to why: in 2006, Gordon Brown’s government introduced tax incentives that have played at least a part in provoking a doubling of production spend since 2009, and t…

HDR - Part 5 - Jargon Buster November 6th 2019 - 09:00 AM

The techniques of 35mm film are seductively simple. The process is the same no matter what the camera in use, or how the film will be cut. Conversely, every digital camera might have its own ways of approaching different parts of the process, creating a forest of terminology – gamma, gamut, s…

Shooting HDR: A More Efficient Way September 24th 2019 - 09:00 AM

As High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (i.e.BT.2020) are increasingly mandated by major industry players like Netflix and Amazon, DOPs in the broadcast realm are under intense pressure to get it right during original image capture. We all know (or learned the hard way) that the…

HDR - Part 3 - Grading August 26th 2019 - 10:00 AM

Almost since photography has existed, people have pursued ways of modifying the picture after it’s been shot. The “dodge” and “burn” tools in Photoshop are widely understood as ways to make things brighter or darker, but it’s probably less widely understood that they refer to techniques for exposure control tha…

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Sensors and Lenses - Part 3 February 10th 2020 - 09:00 AM

There’s a terrible tendency in cinematography to concentrate too much on the technology, overlooking creative skills that often make a huge contribution. In the last two pieces of this series we’ve gone into some detail on the historical background to current camera technology. In this last piece on the…