Shooting in Senegal (Part 2): Getting Acclimated


By: Chris Collins I had my work cut out for me before departing for Senegal. Investigating the safety of the places I would be shooting was my first priority, but that was quickly overshadowed by rental lists, carnets, pickups, packing, finding a B camera op, etc. As with any shoot, I was hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. Upon our arrival in Dakar International Airport my stress level was balanced by...Read More

5DtoRGB Update v1.53


Thanks to all for the support from the first article about this software. In this update I’ll show you what has changed and how the Technicolor LUT is applied. Does it matter if you bake it in with 5DtoRGB or use it in an editor? Check out the video above to find out. Cheers!Read More

Get Lit: Super Easy 3-Point Lighting


By: Chris Collins No need to complicate this one… I needed to isolate a conductor against a black backdrop. It’s a commercial so it needs to look clean, but it needs a little more of a kick to sell stage presence. A piece of duvatyne, a chinaball, and two Ikan 312 LED lights was all we needed. The only concern was separating the conductor’s navy blue blazer from the black backdrop, but that separation...Read More

An Open Letter To Canon By Doug Bayne.


I picked this up today via Vincent Laforet on Twitter. It has been out for some time. Doug Bayne killed it. I thought it would be good for a little weekend chuckle. Sometimes the truth is so funny, it hurts. Thanks to Doug for posting this video.Read More

It came from somewhere


This week I had some off time so I decided to do some very non-fun things. House cleaning. Yeah sometimes you have to do that if you want to be considered a functioning member of society. So after going through some storage boxes I discovered an old camera of my Dad’s that I didn’t know I had. It is a Bell & Howell T20 XL 8mm camera. You can read more about it with...Read More



Phil Bloom’s been doing an excellent series of posts looking at the value of the package filmmaker in these post DSLR times. I’ve also noticed an absurdly competitive market springing up as young ‘DOP’s have discovered entrepreneurial streaks, writing blogs, selling their services ludicrously cheap and ripping the arse out of the market. This was inevitable of course and moaning about it isn’t going to do anything. If you’re new to the industry you’re...Read More

Greyson Chance Yamaha Photo Shoot BTS.


I got called in to cover for Ben James to shoot BTS for a still shoot for the Yamaha All Access 360 magazine and website. I think I got the call on a Saturday or Sunday for a Monday shoot. Ben usually spins two cameras and records audio. The rate was good and I asked if it was cool if I split my rate and brought along another camera operator. I would rather have...Read More

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