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1. White Balance
The color quality of light , the Kelvin scale as well as the how and why of properly calibrating your camera.


2. Composition and Mise-en-Scene
A description of mise-en-scene as well as how and why we want to create powerful compositions to display on the screen.


3. Introduction to Cinematography
Responsibilities of the Cinematographer and main areas of focus.


4. Slates
proper use of slates (aka clapsticks, clapper) is addressed; non-electronic, electronic, smart and dumb slates are defined as well.


5. Shutter Speed and Aperture
A discussion of latitude, stops and the effect of shutter speed and aperture settings on exposure.


6. Focus and Depth of Field
The importance of focus, factors that effect depth of field and how to critical focus.


7. DV and the independent filmmaker
Ah, Technology. Although it has been the answer to most moviemakers' prayers, technology can also be the source of a lot of questions. This has never been truer than with digital video and non-linear editing, hereafter referred to as DV (digital video)


8. Lens Testing
this article deals with testing film lenses for color consistency, focus, sharpness, contrast, collimination and color bias.


9. Cinema Projection Aspect Ratios
DV & film aspect ratios are discussed as they pertain to DV transfer to film. Pixel dimensions and various resolutions are outlined and how they relate to academy and anamorphic film projection aspect ratios.


10. Clapboard and Camera Log
How and why to mark your shots as well as maintaining a camera log.


11. Equipment Rental
etiquette, reserving your equipment, providing insurance, equipment pick-up and signing contracts.


12. Digital Video
overview of the differences between digital video and film, advancements and limitations of digital camcorders and a comparison to 16mm film.


Recent Articles

1. Focus and Depth of Field
The importance of focus, factors that effect depth of field and how to critical focus.


2. White Balance
The color quality of light , the Kelvin scale as well as the how and why of properly calibrating your camera.


3. Shutter Speed and Aperture
A discussion of latitude, stops and the effect of shutter speed and aperture settings on exposure.


4. Composition and Mise-en-Scene
A description of mise-en-scene as well as how and why we want to create powerful compositions to display on the screen.


5. Introduction to Cinematography
Responsibilities of the Cinematographer and main areas of focus.


6. Clapboard and Camera Log
How and why to mark your shots as well as maintaining a camera log.


7. DV and the independent filmmaker
Ah, Technology. Although it has been the answer to most moviemakers' prayers, technology can also be the source of a lot of questions. This has never been truer than with digital video and non-linear editing, hereafter referred to as DV (digital video)


8. Cinema Projection Aspect Ratios
DV & film aspect ratios are discussed as they pertain to DV transfer to film. Pixel dimensions and various resolutions are outlined and how they relate to academy and anamorphic film projection aspect ratios.


9. Digital Video
overview of the differences between digital video and film, advancements and limitations of digital camcorders and a comparison to 16mm film.


10. Lens Testing
this article deals with testing film lenses for color consistency, focus, sharpness, contrast, collimination and color bias.


11. Equipment Rental
etiquette, reserving your equipment, providing insurance, equipment pick-up and signing contracts.


12. Slates
proper use of slates (aka clapsticks, clapper) is addressed; non-electronic, electronic, smart and dumb slates are defined as well.


Knowledge Base

1. The Kind of Camera You Should Buy 2
What digital video camera should I buy?


2. Lightmeters with Modern Cameras
I read in a book that you should always use a light meter when shooting video. I asked a guy at the local photography store and he said I didn't have to worry about it. Which one is right?