How the past can shape your future. Examining Paintings.

As cinematographers we strive to seek inspiration in any and everything we can. Walking into a room or staring outside can inspire you by simply observing how the light falls. However, if there is one form of inspiration that can benefit almost any aspiring cinematographer it's paintings. Paintings is the father of cinematography and photography. …

The Beauty of the Backlight

As a filmmaker I always knew that backlight was important. It is of course apart of the three-point lighting setup we all have come to learn. It separates the subject from the background and gives them a sort of pop.  However, it took me a while to truly see, not only the beauty, but the …

Quick Guide to Cinematic Images Part 4: Inserts vs Detail Shots

In a previous post I talked about depth of field, I referred to insert shots and what I call detail shots. So what is the difference between the two? In short there isn't anything technically different. The name change is more of a psychological trigger. This concept is something I personally developed and perhaps it'll work …

Quick Guide to Cinematic Images Part 3: Lighting Guides

In my quest to continue to perfect my craft and to become an all-around better filmmaker, I've come across some useful guidelines for lighting. This blog is all about taking information and displaying it in a simplistic form. Same amount of information but easier to grasps. Lighting is essential to film. I guarantee your first …