Cameras

Looking to photography for the future of video

As a cinematographer, it’s my job to stay on the leading edge of camera technology. Light field photography and video have the potential to change the way we tell stories. Consumer light field video is a long way off, but light field still photography gets more accessible every day. I’ve been experimenting with the Lytro Illum camera, and finally have enough experience to share some of what I’ve learned.


Click or touch around and get a sense for what is possible with light field photography. 

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The Canon 5D mark III has been one of the most popular cameras for shooting video in low-budget applications ever. In 2012, it was the camera to use for reality, corporate, interviews, B-roll, and even some commercials.

Since 2012, it’s been completely outclassed, eclipsed, and out-priced.  It’s always been a great stills camera, but it’s time to send that dinosaur back to the still photographers.  In 2015 so far, I would guess I’ve been asked to use the 5D mark III as an A or B camera more than a dozen times. Whenever I can convince a producer/editor to make the move to something newer, I do.

Here’s a few reasons why producers are still shooting video on the Canon 5D mark III, and why they don’t make sense any more.
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Once your project has a director, producer, cinematographer, and post-production supervisor/editor on board, it’s time to choose the right video camera that makes the most sense for your production. Here’s what you should consider before you pick your camera kit. Read More