HDR Nirvana

ASC associate member and American Cinematographer contributing editor Jay Holben discusses HDR from the set to post with Polly Morgan, Markus Förderer, Marshall Adams, Erik Messerschmidt, Jay Holben and Dave Cole, followed by a question and answer session in a new series of in-depth interviews entitled Insights: an incredible wealth of knowledge spread across three absorbing hours. In… Read More

Why HDR Production Monitors Matter, Part I

Why HDR Production Monitors Matter, Part I Why HDR Production Monitors Matter, Part II Why HDR Production Monitors Matter, Part III Why HDR Production Monitors Matter, Part IV “Unnecessary.” “Not possible.” “Fantasy.” Those are the words of a director of photography, slumming in L.A. since wrapping up shooting of a satirical period piece for Hulu,… Read More

HDR Quiz

1. On the HDR PQ curve, 100 nits is a. 10% of 10,000 nits peak level b. 25% of 10,000 nits peak level c. 50% of 10,000 nits peak level 2. The maximum pure blue in SDR is 10 nits. Maximum pure blue in HDR is a. 25 nits b. 50 nits c. 110 nits… Read More

LG G1 vs. Sony A90J: Which Is Best for Content Creators?

Vincent Theo of HDTVTest fame recently compared LG’s G1 OLED to Sony’s A90J, which in an earlier review he announced produced the most impactful HDR he’d ever seen from an OLED TV. Which is best for content creators who can’t afford a USD $30,000 reference monitor? Sony’s WRGB quad sub-pixel boosting  A common complaint of… Read More


In our long list of pet peeves related to HDR YouTube videos, obscenely bright specular highlights in the subject’s teeth must rank among the most distracting. And as luck would have it, last night’s shoot provides us with a perfect illustration. The secret to avoiding clipped highlights is to (a) instruct the subject to frown… Read More

a7s III Skin Tones

While there are exceptionally few examples of actual living, breathing human beings in HDR YouTube videos, of the negligible number that do exist, too many suffer from one or more of the following: bizarre colors, excessive noise, outrageously intense specular highlights in teeth, eyes or jewelry and an obnoxious lack of tonality, hues, texture and… Read More