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Michael Melford: Qualities of Light and Composition

National Geographic Photographer Michael Melford presents a two-part talk: ‘Hidden Alaska: Bristol Bay and Beyond- Images from his most recent book published by National Geographic’, and ‘Qualities of Light, Composition, and What’s in my bag’. If you want to learn, learn from the best. Michael’s brilliant images are always an inspiration, and his explanations of Read MoreRead More

How Janusz Kaminski Pulled Off These 11 Shots for Steven Spielberg

Janusz Kaminski has been Steven Spielberg’s Director of Photography on every film since 1993. Here he discusses his style and how he achieved 11 great shots from Spielberg films. A.I. Artificial Intelligence Kaminski has a particular affinity for this shot, where Haley Joel Osment’s child robot imprints on his mother for the first time in Read MoreRead More

AA Batteries: Learning to Buy and Use Them Wisely

Though most cameras use proprietary battery systems there are a lot of accessories including flash modules, LED lighting, and sound recorders that use AA batteries. If you’re using them often, tossing alkaline batteries feels like a waste. But how do you pick out which kind of rechargable battery is right for you? The last time that Read MoreRead More

How to Light for Specific Camera Blocking: Master to Close-Up

Shane Hurlbut ASC offers some tips from his career for how to approach lighting a scene for camera blocking going from master shots to close ups. “Don’t Be Afraid of Hard Light” I believe we all have gotten a little overindulgent in the use of soft light because we think, “I want it to feel Read MoreRead More

How To Turn Your Garage Into A Studio For Under $500

Ryan E Walters offers up a detailed break down of how he turned his garage into a working studio. I’ll be the first to admit nothing replaces a professionally built sound stage or studio. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot on a wide variety of stages and I appreciate what they bring to a production. Read MoreRead More

Freedom on the Road: The Freedom-1 Portable AC Power System

Vincent Laforet covers the details of his favorite remote power solution for low draw devices. There are very few gadgets out there that I can honestly say are “must haves” for just about every road warrior out there… but I think I may just have found one. For every photo/video enthusiast, photographer, filmmaker, line-producer, musician, Read MoreRead More

DIY Photography Hacks: make a foam flash diffuser to soften portraits

Here’s an absolutely ingenious DIY project for adding a soft bounce to your flash unit. Even though this is a project for photography, this should give you some ideas for creating other types of bounces and diffusers for continuous lighting setups for motion picture (just remember, they don’t call them “hot lights” for nothing so Read MoreRead More

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