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Depth of Field – Made Simple

What is Depth of Field?   Depth of Field is a calculated, range of distance, wherein objects will appear to be in acceptable focus. Basically, it tells you how much stuff in front of your camera will be in focus at one time.  If an entire football field is in focus, you would say that
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5 Tips for Better Focus!

Focus Up Keeping sharp focus can be pretty tricky, but it’s absolutely essential for a professional video or film project.  Most indie filmmakers now have access to cameras with large (APS-C, 35mm or full-frame 35mm) sensors, which can have very shallow depth of field.  The shallow-depth-of-field look has been much sought-after in indie projects, as
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Lighting Diagram from Tabloid Vivant

I get the most comments and questions about this scene from Tabloid Vivant. CLICK to read more…

How to Mount a Filter without a Mattebox!

A new addition to my fledgling Online Cinematography Tutorial Channel! 

FilmSkills.com features Laura Beth Love, DP

Back in 2009,  I was interviewed for the comprehensive online film course “FilmSkills.com”.  It was an intense five-hour interview on cinematography, discussing lighting, cameras, composition, technique, aesthetic, you name it… One hundred professionals were interviewed for the Film Skills tutorial series, I am one of twelve that interviewed specifically for the Cinematography Modules.  Film Skills.com
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Two-Minute Lighting Tutorial

Lighting is an incredibly complex field, and to be a gaffer or cinematographer is to commit to a life long journey in the study of lighting.  At the same time, we can get real about some basic principles that you can immediately put to work to improve your projects, right now!

How to Build Your No-Budget Lighting Package

As NAB is around the corner again this year and we all get excited about the premiere of new gear, I am reminded about the simplest gear… Sometimes we can’t afford to have all of the nice stuff we want. Sometimes, we can’t afford to have ANY of the gear that we need.  How to Work
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How to Prepare for Your Shoot – Cinematography Basics

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Online Tutorials for Film Composers w/ Mike Verta

My good friend and long-time collaborator, Mike Verta, has been sharing his unique skills and insight in a series of online master classes! The reviews have been insane, and there is no question that $30 is a bargain for 4 hours of picking Mike’s brain. I’m hoping to get him doing a few VFX master
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Choosing your Shooting Stop

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