Ultra Low Light Video with Metabones Speed Booster

Last night I had a ball filming  at a very dimly lit bar in Santa Monica.  There was a magical, convivial vibe in the air, and I wanted to capture the mood of the place the way I felt it, without attracting

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Shoot full-frame RAW for $3k with the palm-sized KineRAW Mini

It’s a little thing called  the KineRAW Mini.   It’s from China.  It shoots 12-bit, 2k RAW, fits in the palm of your hand, and has a s35 (roughly APS-C) sized sensor.  But with an adapter, you can turn this into a full-frame

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The $350 docu-filmmaking kit: Depreciation is Wonderful

Last week, I went out with some friends for yet another night on the town.  I brought along my Sony NEX-5n with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 pancake lens and made the short “Tuesday”. I recently discovered that this combo can be bought

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Wider, Brighter, Cheaper? Metabones Speed Booster + Nikon Manual Lenses

Last night I hit the town to test out the Metabones Speed Booster on my Sony NEX-5n with some old Nikon manual lenses.  For the uninitiated, the Speed Booster is the “Holy Grail” adapter that allows any NEX camera to accept full-frame Canon

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The holy grail: turn your NEX camera into full-frame for $600 (and use almost any lens)

  A revolution is about to hit the mirrorless camera world.  NEX is now full-frame.  Your NEX-5n videos will now have the same shallow depth-of-field, wide angles, and amazing low-light performance of a Canon 5d MKIII.  How? A new spin on some

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Shooting ultra-minimalist on location with David Alan Harvey

I’m currently producing a series of web shorts about photographer David Alan Harvey (National Geographic, Burn Magazine).  He liked my fly-on-the-wall shooting style and invited me to travel with him on his recent ventures through the Western US.  The goal of the

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Filmmaking with just one lens

While it can be tempting to bring a wide arsenal of lenses on a shoot, sometimes you really only need one.  Being restricted to a single focal length forces the filmmaker to think creatively about framing, and provided you’re using a “normal”

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How to Shoot a Vegas Music Video During Your Bachelor Party

It could have been a standard-issue bachelor party in Vegas. Eight of my best buds, each one a perfect casting choice for any comedy beer commercial, shared two rooms in Bill’s Gambling Hall and Saloon and planned to do everything everyone else

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