Creating the Habit of Backups

Creating a new habit isn’t easy. We all know that. And I’m not talking about major changes (like exercising more, eating better, or working less) but simple things like backing up our projects, especially when working on locations. The “I’ll do it later” or “this is not a good time” will always be there so […]

RAID Storage for Photographers and Filmmakers Explained

Explaining the meaning of RAID is among the most difficult concepts to describe to my students and clients. It sounds like a military term, at best, and super geeky tech talk that only mechanical engineers understand. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. It is a system of two or more connected hard drives […]

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. […]

Portrait Retouching Without Photoshop

I came across this video from Fstoppers.com and thought it was definitely something to pass on. For the most part, Photoshop has been and still is the industry standard, but if you’re anything like me and have a tendency to root for the underdog, this video tutorial is for you. In it, Michael Woloszynowicz uses […]

Color Correction Workflow Overview by Michael Artsis & Adorama Learning Center

Check out this video from Adorama Learning Center by Michael Artsis on color correction. Michael provides a color correction workflow tutorial and discusses proper techniques, ideal tools, and practical examples to enhance any video and tell your story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kUFhwmVUck   If you’ve never worked with LUTs check out this quick overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBjeu-jHbt   Lastly, for those […]

What Is ACES?

Last year, the American Society of Cinematographers and the Producer's Guild of America orchestrated a follow up to 2009's Camera Assessment Series with the Image Control Assessment Series. Unlike a shootout where the relative strengths and weaknesses of the selected cameras were pitted against one another, ICAS was an attempt to unify the different camera systems under a single workflow: the Academy Color Encoding System, or ACES.