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So you have been in contact with your client. You have set up the shoot day logistics, and you’re confident that everything will go well. Then you go to set-up for the shoot and realize you have forgotten something. Every Director of Photography has a basic kit they bring with camera, lights, and audio but outside of those main elements here are 10 items that are important for every DP onsite.Continue Reading "10 Tools Every DP Should Have in their Kit"
The LitePad Loop arrives in a handsome and well-designed padded soft case, with foam cutouts for the various pieces and accessories for the unit. The LitePad Loop and mounting assembly are robust, and I do like the magnetic accessory collar for attaching color filters – it’s an elegant solution and allows for quick swaps on-set. I was also happy to see that the kit came with additional 8” rods and a longer bracket, to allow for the use of longer telephoto lenses, something for which I’m...Continue Reading "The Rosco LitePad Loop"
If you have ever shot video with a handheld camera you understand the importance of a camera stabilizer. They serve a very important role in getting professionally crafted steady shots in run & gun or ENG style shooting situations. There are many options on the market, but one in particular stands out because of its simple design and ergonomic features.Continue Reading "Handheld Camera Stabilizer System: The CameraRibbon"
In the world of video editing every minute matters, and you will typically find yourself spending time on tasks you could have been done remotely. Having the proper editing and post production tools on location can make the clients finished video appear as if it was done over weeks of editing. The location editor and his suite must be prepared for many different environments so each package is built differently.Continue Reading "Everything You Need For On Location Editing"
Corporate video production is nothing new, it's just grown in popularity over the years. Many of the corporate video producers and media managers of today are working year round to produce engaging content for their brands. If you do not come from a video production background, you might not be familiar with how a video production crew works before, during, and after a shoot. When you only have five hours to complete six hours of work, things can get chaotic. Here are 10 great ways to get the...Continue Reading "10 Great Ways To Get The Best Out Of Your Crew"
Production Resource Group (PRG) is one of the industry leaders in stage and production lighting. Their newest line of lights, Trucolor lights, utilizes Remote Phosphor Technology (RPT). The RPT is disk or panel that is coated with phosphors that become excited by LED back lighting. The source of the lighting then becomes the panel of excited phosphors and not the LED lights. This allows for the production of predictable and efficient lighting with accurate coloring index because each panel is...Continue Reading "The Exciting Color Temperature of Remote Phosphor Lighting & Trucolor HS"
For 3-D production there are two options, either a 3-D rig or a twin lens camera. 3-D Rigs are bulky apparatuses that often take several people to manage. Ask any Director of Photography that has shot 3-D and they will mobility and flexibility are not words synonymous with 3-D rigs. Twin Lens cameras are more portable but the 3-D is less versatile and often the footage has an amateur look to it. Panasonic’s new addition to the 3-D camera marketplace is their shoulder mounted, ENG style, twin...Continue Reading "Panasonic AG-3DP1: Bringing 3-D to the ENG"
Many would agree that the key to successful lighting is control. Ask any freelance director of photography, however, and they will often tell you that control is difficult—if not impossible—to maintain in location production. With Litepanels new ENG camera-mounted lights, controlling light on location should be worry-free. Sola ENG LED Fresnel by Litepanels is a revolutionary...Continue Reading "Light on the Run: Litepanels’ Sola ENG LED Fresnel"