Creative Analysis - Part 1 - The Nest From The DOP May 20th 2020 - 09:00 AM

Glasgow in December is a place and a time with a particular look, and The Nest is a production which enthusiastically embraces that aesthetic. Broadcast in the UK beginning in March 2020, it was produced for the BBC by Studio Lambert as five one-hour episodes featuring a couple, played by Martin…

HDR - Part 9 - An Introduction To ACES May 12th 2020 - 09:00 AM

It’s one thing to be confronted by a big pile of technology and to be confused by it. It’s another to know something about that technology and conclude that things could be a lot simpler than they are. That’s the reaction a lot of people have to color…

HDR - Part 8 - Log Formats April 10th 2020 - 09:00 AM

Most people are aware that words like “gamma” and “gamut” are connected with the way a camera processes brightness and color, respectively. Some modern cameras might easily have half a dozen settings for each, and it’s not always obvious which is best for the circumstances at hand. To be clear up …

We Need Perfect Lenses After All April 2nd 2020 - 01:00 PM

Veteran cinematographers and DOPs have long understood that lenses have a personality with a specific look and feel. In the same way that an actor imparts his or her interpretation on a film’s story, the DOP selects a lens that best supports the program’s emotional stakes. The ideal cam…

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…

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Creative Analysis - Part 1 - The Nest From The DOP May 20th 2020 - 09:00 AM

Glasgow in December is a place and a time with a particular look, and The Nest is a production which enthusiastically embraces that aesthetic. Broadcast in the UK beginning in March 2020, it was produced for the BBC by Studio Lambert as five one-hour episodes featuring a couple, played by Martin…

HDR - Part 9 - An Introduction To ACES May 12th 2020 - 09:00 AM

It’s one thing to be confronted by a big pile of technology and to be confused by it. It’s another to know something about that technology and conclude that things could be a lot simpler than they are. That’s the reaction a lot of people have to color…

Color and Colorimetry – Part 12 May 11th 2020 - 09:00 AM

It’s all very well reading all this theory about colorimetry, but what can be done in practice? First of all, it is necessary to consider that imaging, be it still or moving, is a creative process that relies totally on technology. Wherever that happens, there are always two different w…