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Basic Cinematography

What is a Light Meter and do you need one for Video?

One of the most common questions cinematographers have is whether to invest in a light meter or not. This article gives you the straight dope.

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Production Audio

5 Dependable Audio Mixers for Field Recording

A list of five dependable and excellent audio field mixers for video production.

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Photography workflows

Free Exposure Meter

When in times of need, especially when I’m shooting with film and have to guesstimate exposure, I use this: To download and make your own exposure meter, click here. Courtesy Andy Lawn, Dave Harris and Rick Oleson. The best way to use it? Guess the exposure first after studying the light levels, then look at […]

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Photography workflows

Who needs the Zone System?

Every modern camera has an in-camera meter, and the most common of them is the Matrix or Multi-zone meter (also called evaluative or segment meter, among other names). Surprisingly, due to complicated algorithms that work effortlessly in real time, these meters give you the best exposure ninety nine times out of a hundred. And that’s […]