I just watched Dr. Strange – and man, I was blown away. I was blown away with the morals of the movie (the idea of living for something greater than yourself), the visuals (surreal), and the cinematography was fantastic.
Learning filmmaking by yourself is, in many respects, a lot like learning photography. There’s some technical to figure out, sure, but there’s also a lot of observing the work of others and then doing. And many of the tips contained in this video from Darious Britt also apply to photography. At least, for the first few days.
Darious makes it clear in the beginning that he’s not saying film school is a bad thing. He attended film school himself. But not everybody’s in a position to attend film school and rack up a lot of debt. Perhaps you’re starting late in life and have other responsibilities that demand your time and attention so can’t attend film school. Whatever your reasons, this 30 day plan will get you on track.
Do you remember the first stop-motion movie, with a galloping horse? Eadweard Muybridge made it in 1872, and the funny thing is – the first stop-motion movie was made because of a bet. The question was: do all four of the horse’s hooves leave the ground at the same time at any point of the gallop? And Leland Stanford, the founder of the Stanford University, hired Muybridge to help him settle the bet.
Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini 4K and URSA Mini 4.6K have been extremely popular amongst cinematographers. And for good reason. They are extremely capable cameras that provide excellent results. But, there are features that users have been asking for. Features that would make them even more powerful and faster to use.
In response, Blackmagic Design have today announced the new URSA Mini Pro. It’s a new 4.6K model that features built in ND filters, an interchangeable lens mount, and dual C-Fast and UHS-II SD card slots. It’s a pretty beefy update to the URSA Mini line, and one that will offer some very welcome additions to filmmakers everywhere.
When most of us are testing out new lenses, it’s often a very subjective thing. And our testing exercises are rarely very scientific. In fact, we may not even notice some issues until we’ve had a lens for a few months. Then, one day, the problem pops up, clear as day. For cinematographers that rely on a certain level of technical excellence in the equipment, though, it’s a big deal.
They want to know that a lens can stand up to the task. That multiple lenses used to shoot a scene from multiple angles are consistent. Rental houses also want to be sure that equipment comes back to them in the same condition as when it left. So, they take things a little more seriously. This video from Cinematography Database shows off some of the process, and what they’re looking for when testing.
For those who aren’t yet on Instagram (yes, there’s a few), it can seem like a world of endless food, airplane wings and sunny beaches. Even if you’ve been on it for a while, it can still be quite confusing. Especially if you want to use it to try and promote your work or your business. Cinematographer Morgan Cooper used to think this way, and now he wants to tell you what he’s learned.
While Morgan is a filmmaker, many of the tips apply equally to photography. Creating consistency and cohesion in your posts on Instagram is important. So is having the right mix of what you want to create and what your audience wants to see. As well as the regular media-consuming audience, it’s where potential clients can find your new work. It’s also an amazing source of inspiration.
In both filmmaking and photography, there seem to be two sides: those who believe these skills should be learned at school, and those who prefer online resources and self-teaching. Regarding this topic, Richard William Scott and Robert Carr from The Film Look created a video for all those questioning whether they should go to a film school or not, giving some useful guidelines and resources for both these groups.
We can argue whether it’s easier or harder for the young cinematographers today to display their work to the wide audience. No matter which point of view each of us takes, we can agree over one thing – it’s definitely very different today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. In a video by Cooke OpticsTV, some of the world’s most renowned cinematographers discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being a young cinematographer today.
For those new to photography or video, lenses can seem like a scary subject. There’s so many different types, and numbers and letters that all denote different things. There’s countless different mounts and adapters. So many different features and options. Is the lens even the right one for your size of sensor? It can be hard to know where to begin.
In this video from YouTube filmmaker D4Darious, we’re talking through all of the important information you need to know about lenses. Covering everything from the basics of aperture and focal length to more advanced capabilities such as built in stabilisation and macro. Even if you’ve never held a camera or lens before, this’ll be easy for you to follow.