Why Use A Light Meter In The Digital Video Age?

As digital cinema cameras become the norm on set, people often ask, “Do cinematographers really need a light meter? Isn’t digital imagery simply ‘What You See Is What You Get?’” In this post I discuss how incredibly valuable a light meter is in speeding up your shoot, helping you communicate effectively with your gaffer, and increasing your abilities as a filmmaker.

Three Lighting Tips For Your Next Action Film

Filming an action film is a daunting task even under the best of circumstances. More overwhelming is when you only have three in your lighting crew and you’re cramming two days worth of set-ups into one day. That was what we had to pull off for the short film, “Easy Day” (2013). In this post, I’m going to share how we did it, and then give you three lighting tips that will make your next action film look amazing.

Can You Trust Your Color Meter? [VIDEO]

Did you know that your old color meter no longer works with today’s LED lights? In this video, Ryan shows you why and what to do about it.

Are LEDs Ruining Your Projects? [VIDEO]

Did you know that LEDs lights may actually be ruining the look of your productions? And no, this problem can’t be fixed in the grade. We put seven different brands of LEDs lights to the test, capturing with a Red Epic Dragon camera. Then we discuss the results and how they’re going to affect the creative choices that you make on set.

Bright Tangerine Misfit Matte Box Review [VIDEO]

Is it possible to have a lightweight, high quality, reasonably priced matte box that works on a number of camera rigs? In this review we take a close look at the Bright Tangerine Misfit Matte Box to see if it delivers.

Red Epic Dragon vs. Red Epic MX, Part 03: Low Light, Color, Fill Ratios & Compression [VIDEO]

Red Epic Dragon vs. Red Epic MX, Part 01: Dynamic Range & Latitude [VIDEO]

How To Create A Sekonic DTS Profile For Your Light Meter [VIDEO]