Fenchel & Janisch give some basic tips for how to shoot in low light with DSLR cameras.
In this basics course from 2011, first-time filmmakers and photographers making the transition into video will be introduced to many of the core building blocks necessary to make their first short films.
Students will come away from this online workshop with a good understanding of what tools they need for their productions, and when and how to best use them.
Roger Cicala explores the realities of lens production and how it affects the quality of your images.
Most of us are aware that there has to be some variation between lenses, since we all know every manufacturing process has variability. But it was comforting to think that lenses were all the same because it would make life simpler. Reading lens reviews, for example, is a lot simpler if we can just go to our favorite site, rather than try to average out the results of half-a-dozen reviews to get a mental picture of what the lens is like.
The graph below provides a good example. It shows the Imatest MTF50 results for Canon 24-70 f/2.8 Mk II lenses and 70-200 f/2.8 Mk II IS lenses at 70mm. If you go online to any forum you can find multiple-page debates about which is sharper. If you average each lens together, the 24-70 would win by a hair. But it wouldn’t be a significant win, really. If you pick one copy of each lens at random, chances are about 60% that you’d find the 24-70 f/2.8 a bit sharper with meticulous, pixel-peeping numerical tests.
So it’s not shocking that a number of the people who talk about the two lenses say their 70-200 f/2.8 IS II was at least equal to, if not sharper than the 24-70 Mk II. Those reviewers aren’t incompetent. It’s just the statistical laws of sampling at work.
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David Kong talks in depth on how to get the most out of limited equipment.
For over 100 years camera companies have been trying to squeeze the best specs into the smallest available formats. Smart phones and point and shoot cameras are too limiting, and digital SLRs are too bulky. Enter the Mirrorless generation. Now we can pack big image quality into a small, travel friendly package.
Whether you are looking for a new camera or one to complement your existing system, Gabriel will help you wade through the latest crop of Mirrorless cameras. With some companies offering up to 5 levels of mirrorless cameras, we will focus on the higher end ones that Gabriel feels can replace your DSLR in most situations. You will also have the opportunity to get hands-on time with the latest offerings from Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Samsung, Nikon, and Canon cameras.
Storytelling studio Mirada was the creative and technical force behind the two-minute prologue of Guillermo del Toro’s robots vs. monsters epic, Pacific Rim. Mirada was co-founded by del Toro along with award winning director Mathew Cullen, Executive Producer Javier Jimenez and Academy Award winning DP, Guillermo Navarro. del Toro worked closely with Mathew Cullen, President/Sr. VFX Supervisor John Fragomeni and the Mirada team to design, create, shoot, edit and execute more than 80 stunning visual effects shots for the prologue sequence.
As a companion to their lighting kits, ARRI put out a nice handbook of lighting basics using their kits full of basic information usable for any brand lights. Click on the article below for the page where you’ll find the handbook in the top right corner.
LIGHTING THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES:
There have been dozens of books throughout the past decades that have discussed “standard” lighting setups for interviews, talk shows, dramas and countless other productions. This handbook is designed to help you create the best possible images with your new Arri Lighting Kit and help you to use these tools when lighting location or studio productions.
CHOOSING A LIGHT SOURCE:
Arri Kits contain a variety of lighting fixtures. The two basic types of instruments are the open-faced instrument and the Fresnel-lensed instrument. Both types of light sources provide a focusable, even beam field of light that can be used to create a wide variety of light qualities and moods for your productions.
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Steven Karras chronicles the varied life of character actor Larry Hankin whose acting career spans six decades.
Breaking Bad has had its countless supporting actors fill the ranks of drug enforcement agents, Mexican cartel psychopaths, and tweakers in its five seasons of crank-laden high opera. But only Larry Hankin, the veteran actor who played Old Joe, will forever be etched into modern memory as the junkyard proprietor whose chutzpah bested Hank Schrader and saved Walt and Jesse’s asses — not once but twice.
Tall, lanky, hip, delightfully buffoonish at times, yet serious, Hankin’s perfect comic timing has made him a go-to guy for casting directors for decades. His IMDB page reads like a dense index of TV’s greatest hits — including Laverne & Shirley, Eight Is Enough, and Family Ties and he’s appeared in films like Escape from Alcatraz, Billy Madison,Armed and Dangerous, Amazon Women on the Moon, and Home Alone, to name a few.
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Tracking what’s popular among the pirate sites is part of the Netflix buying strategy.
In addition what’s popular among TV viewers in a given country, “when purchasing series, we look at what does well on piracy sites,” Netflix VP of content acquisition Kelly Merryman said, according to a translation of her comments to Tweakers, a technology website based in the Netherlands.
For the Dutch market, Netflix acquired the rights to “Prison Break” specifically because it has been very popular on pirate sites, Merryman said in the Tweakers interview. The show, which aired in the U.S. on Fox, was produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
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The Oscar-winning composer talks about the score for Toronto films Rush and 12 Years A Slave, as well as many of the directors he has worked with over the years.