Logs and Luts; are they always necessary ?

    People are fanatical about shooting flat LOG images, but are they really necessary in day-to-day filming? During my early years as a cameraman, everything I shot looked good right out of… Continue reading

Depth of field when filming interviews

Everyone loves filmic out of focus backgrounds, but using large sensor cameras to shoot talking head interviews isn’t as simple as people think. I’ve put this article together to help people with little or… Continue reading

Sony FS5

Sony FS5 the Mini Super35 Camera My supplier told me I had the first Sony FS5 camera in the UK …. Way-hay! The FS5 is a grab and shoot camera that captures up to Ultra… Continue reading

Location LED Lighting with Dedolight

The Dedolight Felloni 12×12-inch flat panel LED delivers 750W of beautiful soft light and uses just 1/10 the power of a traditional 750W watt lamp. Not very long ago cameras and film stocks often… Continue reading

Dedo Projector Attachment

Cameras are fast changing and it can be difficult to keep up and make the right investments for the future. But it’s reassuring in these fast-moving times, that my choice of lighting has outlasted several… Continue reading

Vintage Lenses on a Modern Camera

Vintage cinema lenses are renowned for producing beautiful images that can’t be simulated in post-production. Although colour movies and television had well been well established for years, people would often shoot films in… Continue reading

Bi-colour LED Lighting

When I first moved to LED lighting, I have to admit a few directors  seemed very skeptical about LED lighting. Several of them had bad experiences with cameramen who rolled up with those… Continue reading

SmallHD DP7-PRO-OLED-SX On Camera Monitor

Today, everyone is shooting HD or beyond. Lenses are one of the most important elements of a camera; they define picture resolution more than the camera sensor. But just as important, is being able to see… Continue reading

Dedolight Mobile DLED4 LED Light Head

Dedolight produce a whole range of cutting-edge LED lighting fixtures and I’ve been using their DLED4 lights for some time now; they are amazing. I guess everyone is asking ‘what’s the difference between the… Continue reading

Tecpro Felloni LED by Dedolight

The Felloni is the latest LED fixture from the Dedolight Tecpro range. I bought a couple of these lights a few months ago; I love them. Sports Journalist Ivan Gaskell lit by a Felloni… Continue reading

Filming in the Middle East

I’m just back from a shoot in the Middle East where I filmed four countries in four days; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain. Not a lot of information was available with regards… Continue reading

Flying with Lithium-Ion Camera Batteries?

Did you know that checking Lithium-Ion batteries into a commercial aircraft hold as personal luggage is violation of the dangerous cargo regulations, which is extremely serious? You could face a $US 1,000,000 fine. Check-in… Continue reading

Porta-Jib Traveller

People associate jib arms with big sweeping down from the sky shots, but in fact the majority of jib shots are small subtle moves. The Losmandy Porta-Jib Traveller brings a variety of camera… Continue reading

Sachtler FSB 8 Tripod System

Quite a lot of my work these days involves shoots with lightweight HD cameras and although my O’Connor 1030 is a seriously good tripod for my bigger cameras, it’s a bit of overkill… Continue reading

Canon 5D MkII – The early days

I was an early adopter in 2008 of the Canon 5d MkII  because I wanted to be part of history. Photo by J.P Richards Not long ago, the Canon 5D MkII was the only… Continue reading