The Boy With A Camera For A Face is the superb online premiere of the multi award winning short film from writer/director Spencer Brown. The Boy with a Camera for a Face is a satirical fairy tale about a boy born with a camera instead of a head, whose every moment is transformed by […]

On January 6, 2016 Olympus announced officially their new High-performance, super-telephoto lens, and it sure looks like a winner from the specifications.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this baby for a test!  For now, here’s their full press release. M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO (35mm equivalent focal length: 600mm) The […]

French Photographer and teacher in Paris, Serge Ramelli (Artisan Cinema), brings us this story about a pair of photographers attempting to use their individual bottomless bags of photo gear to win the attention of a beautiful lady by staging a lens duel.  Filmed in a public park, this red head gal is on a bench eating lunch, when the […]

In the North of England, within the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, lies the rural costal market town and civil parish of Kendal. In antiquity known as Kirkby in Kendal or Kirkby Kendal. As small and remote as it is, it is from this rural Kendal setting that Jamie Spencer makes some of the best keyboard shortcuts cheat sheets […]

As I discussed in an earlier installment, the problems with the movie I am making weren’t discovered  until after we had finished shooting, and for the most part boiled down to the animated character. 1.       The character had a big presence in the beginning and end, but goes away for a long time 2. […]

Not to be outdone by the strong Zeiss support for the native Sony FF E mount, Schneider Optics announces additional support for the Sony E mount in their new family of prime lenses specially designed and built for digital cinematography with full-frame sensor HDSLR, Mirrorless, and other professional cameras. Built in Germany by Schneider-Kreuznach, the new […]

Everyone by now has heard the sage old advice told to every young photographer without a zoom lens.  Use your feet.  Or Sneaker Zoom, as most of us old timers call it.  Sneaker Zoom means getting closer or farther away from your subject to effectively change your angle of view without having to change the lens itself. […]

There Is Entirely Too Much Talk About Pixels When we set out to make MARRIED YOUNG, my cinematographer and I had a long and detailed conversation about cameras. In fact, the talk about pixels even colored my choice of cinematographer. One of my favorite cinematographers interviewed with my producers and I and was emphatic that […]

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I should call this video “Digital Blindz” or something, that horizontal banding is so bad. As an environmentalist, I applaud the conversion from incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent and the new LED digital bulbs.  The energy efficiency is so much better it can save a great deal on a monthly electric bill, and give even […]

What surprised me most from the audiences was how difficult it was for them to follow the opening. Originally we opened on the pharmacy – David, our hero, is tired (pale, dark circles, unkempt hair) and he’s staring at laxatives. It should be a funny image, right? But it wasn’t. The small people I tested […]

Last post, we took apart the Canon 35mm f/1.4 Mk II lens. Continuing the 35mm theme, today we’re going to do the same to the Sony 35mm FE f/1.4 ZA lens.  And chill out, we’ll do the Sigma 35mm DG HSM f/1.4 Art lens next and one of the Zeiss after that.   Before we start, let’s be sure we’re […]

FS5 vs a7S II I’m shooting so much low light video these days that I was very interested to see what the new Sony FS5 was capable of, verses the new Sony a7S II.  It is possible I will be using one or the other of these cameras in 2016, and I need to make […]

SYNOPSIS FOR “MARRIED YOUNG” David and Talya got married young. They have an 18 month old and another on the way. But life isn’t the way David expected it: they live in a trailer park (true, it’s a luxury trailer park), David uses his artistic ability to create soul defeating corporate websites and to make matters worse, […]

What does it mean to tell a “Story With Soul?”  I see photographs posted online that often make me stop and shake my head.  Perfectly executed technically, but with little soul.  These photographs show solid understanding of  equipment operation, but nothing of the human condition or emotion that gives a photo soul.  These photos are wooden, lifeless, though […]

As soon as we optically tested the Canon 35mm Mk II f/1.4 lens we couldn’t wait to tear into one for a couple of reasons. One was that Canon has been making a lot of interesting advances in lens mechanics lately, so we’re always excited to look inside their new lenses. Another was that Canon claimed this lens had […]