Lighting

When you’ve been a director of photography for as long as I have, you end up with a lot of stuff! Here’s an abbreviated list of equipment I own and operate regularly.

Cameras

Arri Alexa Plus Camera

  • Arri Alexa Mini LF Camera Kit
  • Sony FS7 Camera Kit
  • Sony A7s II Camera Kit (2)
  • Sony A7r II Camera Kit
  • Sony a6500 Camera Kit
  • GoPro Omni 360-degree VR Camera Kit (2)
  • Sony EX3 Camera Kit
  • Arri Alexa Plus Camera Kit
  • Red Scarlet Camera Kit
  • Custom BulletTime 24-Camera Rig
  • GoPro Hero 7 Black Camera Kit (2)
  • Canon 5D mark III Camera Kit

Lenses

  • Zeiss CP.2 Super-Speed Compact Cinema Prime Lens Set in PL and EF
  • SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x PL Lens Set
  • SLR Magic APO Hyperprime Cine Lens Set in PL and EF
  • Zeiss ZE Super Speed Set in EF
  • Fujinon MK series zoom lenses in E
  • Canon Photo Zoom Lenses (including 16-35, 24-70, 24-105, 70-200, and 100-400mm)

Camera Support

  • Sachtler V18 Tripod System
  • Sachtler FSB 8 Carbon Fiber Tripod System
  • Sachtler 7+7 Tripod System
  • Dana Dolly with Speedrail
  • Kessler CineSlider Dolly
  • iFootage Lightweight Camera Jib
  • 100mm Hi Hat
  • 75mm Hi Hat

Lighting, Grip, and Electric

  • Quasar X-Fade 4′ LED tubes (8)
  • Litepanels Astra 6x Panels with Bluetooth (2)
  • 1.2K HMI (PARs and Fresnels, with magnetic ballasts) (4)
  • 8-inch and 6-inch Mole Richardson Daylight Fresnels (4)
  • Flag Kits, Reflectors, and Floppies in Various Sizes
  • Junior, Baby, and C-Stands
  • Electrical Cables (Stingers)
  • Clamps, Sandbags, Apple Boxes, and Everything Else

Other Stuff

  • 17″ Teleprompter
  • Ford Transit Connect Van
  • Laptop Computer with Windows 10, MacDrive, and ShotPut Pro

I have a valid drivers license and US passport. In addition to working as a freelance cinematographer, I often work as a fixer; arranging for rentals, providing insurance, finding crew, and payroll services.

I carry my own liability, workers’ compensation, equipment rental, and umbrella insurance. It’s easy for me to get most video production equipment with a few days’ notice. I am also comfortable and experienced operating cameras from Panasonic , JVC, Blackmagic Design and others.

This equipment can travel with me to set in Chicago, Milwaukee, or the surrounding areas, or be rented separately.


The key task of a director of photography is controlling light. As the trend toward smaller and smaller crews continues, I’m finding myself on sets with just one or two grips, gaffers, or production assistants. Updated lighting technology and more sensitive cameras have reduced the bulkiness of indoor lighting. But outdoors, most cinematographers are using the same tools Hollywood did almost a century ago. I’ve been looking for new ways to creatively manage lighting for video outdoors. Here’s how I’ve been managing light outside on shoots with small crews this summer. Read More