When the a7S was released just over a year ago, it completely shook up the photo-video industry. I was there at NAB 2014 for the surprise announcement.  Artists like myself and my friends were now going to be able to record still photographs and video footage in almost complete darkness – even with kit lenses!  The hype at the […]

  Was there ever any doubt that sooner or later Sony Electronics would release the replacement for the A7S? Or that it would be called the A7S II?  Last month they replaced the venerable A7R with the A7R II, a major upgrade in almost every way.  Everything about the A7R II improved over the previous camera, admittedly […]

Press Arrow Above To Play Video You think you have it tough as a freelancer bringing in enough money to cover your monthly bills?  The life of a freelance artist looks easy when your name is Shauna McClure and your job is as the Executive Director of the Hollywood Arts Council.  I’ve had the pleasure […]

Not since the “YMCA Video” has such a defining moment occurred for gay culture as what took place on Friday, June 26, 2015.  On this date now etched in history, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) voted in a split 5-4 decision to declare Gay Marriage legal under the laws of the United […]

I’ve got a small secret to tell, but I don’t want to offend anybody when I disclose it.  I go to several trade shows every year to keep up on the latest gear and software upgrades.  It gives me a chance to also catchup with old friends and view some of the best creative work on […]

If you are like millions of other photographers, the personal work usually ends up getting shot on the one camera you always have with you – your phone.  If that phone happens to be an Apple iPhone capable of running IOS-8+ Santa Clause may have just come early for you this year. So what does […]

Contax Zeiss Distagon 28mm F2 Sony A7S Test from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. Looking for a great wide angle prime for your Sony A7S?  Look no further.  The Contax Zeiss 28mm f2 is a champion.  One of the things that I always love to do as soon as I can with a new camera body is to […]

Dia de los Muertos 2014 from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead 2014. One of the great things about the Sony A7S is the grading ability using Sony’s S-log2 profile and the flexibility it provides. While it is impossible to get our Sony NEX-5N footage to match the A7S, […]

One of the oldest memorial parks in Los Angeles, Hollywood Forever  was founded in 1899, and rapidly became an integral part of the growth (and deaths) of early Hollywood. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Hollywood’s great studio pioneers, as well as writers, directors, and performers. The annual Dia de Los Muertos Festival […]

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a professional full-frame digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. It has a 22.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor.  Succeeding the EOS 5D Mark II, it was announced on 2 March 2012, the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the first camera in the EOS line, the EOS 650. It was also Canon’s 75th anniversary. The Mark III went on sale later in […]

Theo Jansen from Salazar on Vimeo. Directed and Produced by Salazar for Red Bull Media House To learn more about Theo and his beasts www.strandbeest.com Music: Edo Van Breemen Editor: Jason Myers www.salazarfilm.com www.redbullmediahouse.com Is inorganic life even possible?  Is this guy a reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci?  No, but certainly one of his modern […]

One of the wonders living near Hollywood is the number of opportunities that come up to see first class, top drawer creative  works.  The real deal, too, works from the world’s top creative artists.  Much of it is surrounded by a lot of pomp and pageantry, and yes, much of that is quite pretentious.  It is, after all, […]

The Art Of A Focus Puller One of the least expensive and most versatile lenses in any filmmaker’s bag of tricks is the 50mm lens. Check around, almost every manufacturer sells a “nifty fifty.”  Considered by many to be the default “normal” human vision equivalent, there are more 50mm lenses in existence than the next two focal lengths combined.  If […]

Pay Particular Attention II from TheCameraForum on Vimeo.This video is about Paying Particular Attention to what goes on behind the scenes, where the real dealing takes place.  [Pay Particular Attention Song and Video ©2013 Suzanne Birrell as performed by Cats With Class: Victor Arno on Drums; Suzanne Birrell on Bass & Vocals; Evan Hauser on […]

Dia de los Muertos from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. I’ve photographed Dia de los Muertos in Mexico for seven of the past eleven years.  It is one of those long term photography projects that just snuck up on me.  I didn’t even realize it was a long term project until I was, pardon the pun, dead […]

  I photographed Day of the Dead, or “Dia de los Muertos” as it is more properly called, in Mexico seven of the last ten years.  It is always a challenging shoot, but such a magical experience it is a must attend event however difficult the photography.  This year I chose Day of the Dead […]