The color quality of light , the Kelvin scale as well as the how and why of properly calibrating your camera.
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.
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.
Introduction to Cinematography
Responsibilities of the Cinematographer and main areas of focus.
this article deals with testing film lenses for color consistency, focus, sharpness, contrast, collimination and color bias.
proper use of slates (aka clapsticks, clapper) is addressed; non-electronic, electronic, smart and dumb slates are defined as well.
Focus and Depth of Field
The importance of focus, factors that effect depth of field and how to critical focus.
Clapboard and Camera Log
How and why to mark your shots as well as maintaining a camera log.
overview of the differences between digital video and film, advancements and limitations of digital camcorders and a comparison to 16mm film.
etiquette, reserving your equipment, providing insurance, equipment pick-up and signing contracts.
Shutter Speed and Aperture
A discussion of latitude, stops and the effect of shutter speed and aperture settings on exposure.
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)