Lessons I’ve Learned On Set

I’ve been thinking about some small (but very valuable) lessons I’ve learned while working on set. The following list is in no particular order, however, I will say that the very first item of business in any shoot should be deciding where the camera goes. After that decision has been made, everything else falls into […]

Traveling with Photography and Video Equipment

I have always been fascinated with how photographers and cinematographers pack their gear. I remember reading the equipment lists of National Geographic photographers when I was younger and wondering how they could crisscross the world with so much stuff. Those times, as you might have noticed, are pretty much over. Nowadays, we need to deal […]

First Impressions & Comparison Reviews of the New Sony A7II

A few first impressions of the New Sony A7II via Planet-Alpha: Build: The A7 II feels much better in the hand than the A7. I am fairly ham-fisted and the A7’s grip was a tad too small for my mitts. The A7 II’s more pronounced grip is a godsend. The A7 II is slightly heavier […]

Additional Thoughts On Camera Movement

Unlike still photography, filmmaking is a medium defined by motion. Motion is the action within the frame but also of the frame itself. Even a series of well-lit and nicely composed shots can be perceived as a slide show, as opposed to a story in motion, if they remain stagnant. Nowadays we are hard-pressed to […]

Why Camera Movement is (Often) Important

Production Value What’s the point of shooting video if the frame never moves? A sequence of locked off shots is really not all that different from a slide show and does not take advantage of one of the most powerful cinematic tools: Motion. Infusing your work with camera movement can often seem like a daunting […]

7 Photo Exercises to Improve Your Skillset and Kickstart Your Creativity

There are many long-term photo projects that can help you become a better photographer. However, if you are pressed for time, the following are a few quick exercises you can accomplish in a day or two. These exercises are designed not only to enhance your photography skills but they can also help kickstart your creativity as well. 1. […]

Notes From the Field

Folks often ask me how I prepare for a shoot. While there are a multitude of ways to get ready (and therefore many ways to answer this question) I do have a system in place. This system assumes that you have more than one active role in the project. Here’s how it breaks down: 1. […]

Using the 5 Zone System When Editing Your B&W Photographs w/ AdoramaTV

Learn how to use zones of light to convert color photographs to stunning, high contrast, black and white images. In this episode Mark Wallace explains his abbreviated version of Ansel Adam’s Zone System. Mark explains the five zones of exposure and demonstrates how to manipulate them using Lightroom 5. What do you think of this […]

Spotlight: Cineo Maverick at DCS Lighting Event with Trisha Maas

Our friends at the Digital Cinema Society presented this informative event with special guest Trisha Maas who shows us the many wonderful features of the new Cineo Maverick. Cineo Maverick™ is the long-awaited portable member the family from Cineo Lighting. This evolutionary fixture provides all of the benefits of Remote Phosphor Technology found in the […]

ARCommunity #FF: Harry Martin, Underwater Fashion Photographer

In April of 2013 Harry Martin, a two-time Emmy award winning TV journalist, began an underwater fashion photography project where he photographs fully dressed models, shoes and all… underwater. I was able to speak to him about his amazing project in the following interview.   ARC: Why Underwater Photography? Harry Martin: I’ve always been interested in […]