Another year, another trip down to London for the BSC Expo. It’s easily the best trade show in the UK for Cinematographers – unlike others, there’s no sound, editing or broadcast stuff – it’s all cameras, lenses, lighting and grip!
Today Jarred Land of RED Digital Cinema announced a new sensor, and a very special one at that. By the time you read this, the only five available will have sold out.
Different cameras are often argued over which is ‘the best’. No matter which camera systems you like or dislike, they all require one thing to function: batteries. So which battery is best?
Understanding colour temperatures can be simple once you get your head around it. Let’s break down the basics of what colour temperature is, how to white-balance to your creative advantage and briefly cover different colour temperature filters and gels.
Thermal imaging was made famous by Predator in 1987. It’s more recently been seen in Sicario and Planet Earth II. I look at the current state of thermal cameras and how viable it is for filmmakers to use this unique technology.
Prime lenses are smaller, lighter, cheaper, faster and optically superior to zooms. So why bother using a zoom? There are some instances where a zoom might just be the better choice.
The British Society of Cinematographers held it’s annual Expo at the Battersea Evolution Centre in London this weekend just gone. The Expo is a great opportunity to see new products being showcased and to catch up with colleagues and acquaintances.
Often, cinema zooms cost more than the camera they’re mounted to. This year however, there’s been a sudden wave of budget cinema zooms introduced, aimed at the owner/operator market and priced accordingly.
This weekend I was invited with wildlife filmmaker Leanne Gater to attend the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The festival boasted over eighty films, showcasing the best wildlife documentaries from around the world.
Since 2008, filmmakers have been in the market for full frame cine primes. Lenses that cover the larger format yet still offer all the mechanical advantages of a proper cinema lens.