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Step 1: Cinematography Basics
- Cinematography simplified for beginners
- Cinematography resources
- Production audio basics
- The basics of color
Step 2: Cameras, Lenses and Accessories
- How to choose cameras
- How to find the right lenses
- Guide to the best camera accessories
- How to protect your gear from the weather
Step 3: Advanced Cinematography Techniques
Cinematography Concepts Simplified for Beginners
- What is Frame Rate?
- Is Scope 2.4, 2.39 or 2.35 to 1?
- What is Bokeh?
- What is a Light Meter and do you need one for Video?
- What is the 35mm Equivalent and Why is it Confusing?
- Why are there Four Crop Factors, and Do we need all of them?
- What is a Waveform Monitor and How to read a Waveform Monitor (Part One)
- What is a Waveform Monitor and How to read a Waveform Monitor (Part Two)
- What is Exposure in Photography and Cinematography?
- What is White Balance?
- What is Aperture and F-Stop?
- What is Shallow Depth of Field and Deep Depth of Field?
- The 180-degree Rule and How to use it Well
- 10 Reasons why we need External Monitors
- Why you should NEVER use a Histogram for Video
- Cinematography Tutorial for Beginners
- What is Composition and Framing in Cinematography?
- Cinematographer vs Director. Who Decides What?
- How to Film with Cheap Equipment: 10 Tips
- How to avoid Grain in Low Light Shooting
- What is the best ISO for video?
- The 5 Most Powerful Elements of Cinematography
- The Importance of Lenses in Cinematography
- T-Stops vs F-Stops. Why is one used for photography while the other for cinema?
- What is Focal Length in Cinematography?
- Can you learn cinematography on your own?
- What is Cinematography?
- The Beginner’s Guide to RAW Video
- What are Pixels, Megapixels and Resolution?
- What is the Difference between Exposure Latitude and Dynamic Range?
- How does Camera Sensor Size Impact Photography and Cinematography?
- What is Aspect Ratio and Which Aspect Ratio is Right for You?
- What is Exposure Triangle and how does it relate to Aperture, Shutter and ISO?
- What is ISO in photography and cinematography?
- What is Shutter Speed, Shutter Angle and How to get the Film Look
- 3 Razor-sharp Cinematographers
- 5 Excellent Books on Cinematography and Lighting
- The Cinematography Apps I Use on my iPhone
Production Audio Basics
- 5 Budget Boom Microphones That Won’t Let You Down
- What is the difference between Line Level and Mic Level?
- 5 Budget Studio Microphone Options for Post Production
- 5 Dependable Audio Mixers for Field Recording
- 5 Low-budget Digital Audio Recorders for Video Production
- Zoom H6 or Tascam DR-60D: Which is the better Sound Recorder?
- 5 Budget Wired Lavalier Microphone Options for Video Production
- 5 Important Wireless Microphone Systems for Video Production
Basics of Color
- What is Color, Color Bit Depth and a Color Model?
- What is Color Space and the Tristimulus Values XYZ?
- What is Color Gamut and a Wide Gamut Monitor?
- What is the difference between CIE LAB, CIE RGB, CIE xyY and CIE XYZ?
- What is Display Gamma and Gamma Correction?
- Understanding Luminance and Chrominance
- What’s the difference between YUV, YIQ, YPbPr and YCbCr?
- Chroma Subsampling Numbers Explained
- Don’t be Confused between RGB 444 and Y’CbCr 444
- Say Hello to Rec. 2020, the Color Space of the Future
- What is ACES (Academy Color Encoding System)?
- What is a Digital Image Channel and the Alpha Channel?
- What is Color Correction or Color Grading?
- What is a LUT (Look-Up Table)?
- What is HDR and is HDR worth it?
- How to Use the DSC Labs OneShot, X-rite ColorChecker or DataColor SpyderCheckr with DaVinci Resolve to Match Color
- How to Create LUTs in DaVinci Resolve
How to Choose Cameras
- The Best Video Camera in the World
- Thoughts on the Arri ALEXA 65 65mm 6K Camera
- How to Afford Any Camera and When to Buy One
- What Camera Should I Buy?
- Arri Alexa vs Red: When to Pick Which Camera?
How to find the right lenses
- What Lens to Get? Part One: Subjects and Spaces
- What Lens to Get? Part Two: FOV and Focal Lengths
- What is a Parfocal Lens and is it Useful?
- A Comparison of Prime Cine Lens Kits costing less than $10,000 per Lens
- How I understand the Focal Length of a Lens (Part One): Perspective
- How I understand the Focal Length of a Lens (Part Two): Focal Lengths
- The 15 Things to Look Out For in a Camera Lens (Part One): The Lens Aberration
- The 15 Things to Look Out For in a Camera Lens (Part Two): More Lens Aberrations
- What is the Flange Focal Distance and How to Find More Lenses for Your Camera
- How to Choose a Camera Lens or Lenses for Long and Complex Projects
- What is a Cine Lens and Why must it be different from a Photo Lens?
- What is a Focal Reducer (Speedbooster, LensRegain) and Do You Really Need One?
- A Comparison of Cine Prime Lenses for Full Frame Cameras
- What is the Best Canon Lens for Video?
- What is the Best Cinema Lens for Canon?
- What are must have Canon lenses for Video?
- What are the best budget wide angle lenses for Canon?
- What are the best zoom lenses for Canon for Video?
- Best Cine Prime Lenses for the Arri Alexa Mini LF and Alexa LF
- Best Vintage Cine Prime Lenses for the Arri Alexa Mini LF and Alexa LF
- Best Anamorphic Cine Prime Lenses for the Red Monstro 8K
- Best Cine Prime Lenses for the Red Monstro 8K
Guide to the best camera accessories
- The Complete Guide to In-Camera Filters
- The Complete Guide to Camera Batteries (Part One)
- The Complete Guide to Camera Batteries (Part Two)
- The Complete Guide to Choosing and Using Video Production Monitors (Part One)
- The Complete Guide to Choosing and Using Video Production Monitors (Part Two)
- The 6 Best Lightweight Carbon Fiber Camera Tripods for Fluid Heads
- Understanding a Studio and Location Dolly, and what they Offer that Sliders and DIY Dollies Don’t
- What’s the best way to record and monitor 4K?
- A look at the best 5 budget gimbals
- A Look at 6 Professional Gimbals for Filmmaking
- Best 5″ On-Camera Monitors Under $200
- 11 Fluid Head Options for Every Budget – from $80 to $5000+
- Best 7″ On-Camera Monitors Under $200
- The Complete Matte Box Guide
- The Complete Guide to Lens Filters (Part One)
- The Complete Guide to Lens Filters (Part Two)
- The Complete Guide to Follow Focus Systems
- A Quick Comparison of Six Important 4×5.65″ Matte Boxes for Single Shooters
How to Protect Your Gear from the Weather
- Weather Protection for your Gear (Part I)
- Weather Protection for your Gear (Part II)
- Weather Protection for your Gear (Part III)
- Weather Protection for your Gear (Part IV)
Advanced cinematography concepts
- The Difference between Rolling Shutter and Global Shutter
- Understanding Wireless Video Production (Part One)
- Understanding Wireless Video Production (Part Two)
- Understanding Video Camera Profile or Preset Adjustments and Settings (Part One)
- Understanding Video Camera Profile or Preset Adjustments and Settings (Part Two)
- A Comparison of the Specifications of Four Light Meters
- Why does The Revenant look so 3D and Life-like? What makes the 65mm format Special?
- How to Read Modulation Transfer Function or MTF Charts Easily
Advanced cinematography techniques
- How to Match Shots from Two or More Cameras for Color and Exposure
- How to Cheat Shutter Speeds for Video
- How to avoid blue clipping in low light shooting
- Use These Four Tips to Avoid the “Video Look”
- 9 Cool Cinematic Shots Anyone Can Do
- 5 Camera Techniques for Better Filmmaking
- Anamorphic Workflow Guide for Mirrorless Cameras
- How to Shoot a Scene in One Long Take
- 11 Tips to a Steady Shot