Below, some screen grabs from a project I'm working on.
To ETTR or Not ETTR?
There's been a lot of discussion about whether or not it makes sense to expose to the right. Certainly, if you're shooting in dim light and need to raise the ISO, it makes little sense to expose to the right, since ETTR works best at native ISO. But if you are shooting at native ISO,... Continue Reading →
Mini Doc On Its Way
Lumix GH5, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, ISO 400, HLG, ALL-Intra, 400Mbps, Leeming LUT, no color correction in post
The Importance of Running Your Own Tests
On social media and in the forums, camera owners often ask what the best settings and picture profiles are, but there is no substitute for doing your own tests. That's just one of the responsibilities of being a camera operator - one that should never be left to the discretion of others, however well meaning... Continue Reading →
Get Consistently Good Exposures with HLG
I still see filmmakers struggling with exposure shooting HLG with their GH5. In order to get consistent results, be sure to set your zebras at 90% - this should help avoid clipping of the red channel. Next, using a white balance card like the X-Rite ColorChecker, reduce exposure just until the zebras disappear. You should... Continue Reading →
Underrated? The Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN for Micro 4/3
I've begun a new project - a mini-documentary - and couldn't make up my mind which lens to use for the interview portion: so I took along the Sigma 30mm f/1.4,the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 and the Olympus 75mm f/1.8. The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 has been my go-to lens for portraiture, but I didn't necessarily need... Continue Reading →
The Shogun Inferno as HDR Grading Monitor
At long last, I can confirm that the Shogun Inferno ($1,195) does indeed work with the Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor ($137) and 2016 MacBook Pro. This is currently one of the least expensive options for grading HDR in Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve on a Mac. A word of caution: the Ninja Inferno... Continue Reading →
Should You Buy a Cinema Lens?
I'm asked quite frequently by viewers of my YouTube channel whether they should get say, a photography lens like the Olympus 25mm f/1.2 or a cinema lens like one of the Veydra Mini Primes. There are dozens of differences between photography and cinema lenses, but I'm only going to touch on a few of the... Continue Reading →
Veydra: One Disappointed Client
I was really counting on being able to share some clips shot with the Veydra Mini Primes and my Fuji X-T2. I placed an order with Veydra on February 11th for a set of three Fuji X-mounts in the hopes of shooting a short documentary and alerting potential X-H1 owners that there exists a much... Continue Reading →