Web browser view >>
HD Pro Guide Network
Download Your Digital Edition of HD Pro Guide Magazine 2015, Vol. 3, No. 1
Lighting / Cinematography, Color Correction / Grading, and Post Production
Dear Reader, this issue contains how-to's, articles, and reviews written by noted director of photography Peter Stein, ASC; DP/DIT Jon Firestone; five-time Telly award winner David Landau, filmmaker/3D advocate Al Caudullo; and award-winning filmmaker William Dickerson. Topics include lighting, color correction and grading, and post production. Also, take a look at the articles on Convergent Design's new Odyssey 7Q+ and Vision Research's Phantom Flex4k. Plus, more in this edition. Enjoy.

David LandauArtistic Lighting Is Even More Important Than Ever Before

"With the new highly sensitive digital cameras, here's why..."
by David Landau

Good lighting supports the emotional moment of the scene, contributes to the atmosphere of the story and can augment an artistic style. Well crafted lighting helps establish the illusion of reality that is necessary for the viewer to forget they are watching a screen and get lost in the story. So, no matter how good a script, how good a director, how good the actors - the lighting needs to be as good if not better.

[Read more]

Jon Firestone Convergent Design's New Odyssey 7Q+

What Is It and Who Is It For?
by Jon Firestone

Convergent Design has always been known for their professional recorders, but their Odyssey series of recorders are much more. In addition to being versatile recorders, they are also really nice, full featured monitors. The Odyssey 7Q+ is their newest Odyssey and adds 4K recording over HDMI giving it functionality that many Sony A7S and Panasonic GH4 owners have been looking for.

[Read more]

Al CaudulloAre You Using All Your Crayons?

A look at 8-bit and 10-bit color and using Colorista 2 for color correction and grading.
by Al Caudullo

Ever since the first cathode ray televisions in the early 1900s, we have always wanted bigger and better. From black-and-white to color. From CRTs to LCDs and OLEDs. From standard definition to high definition to ultra high definition. The supreme game of making a bigger, better television still goes on. As content creators, our goal is to create good story with a healthy dollop of the latest technology. And the technology is ever-changing. Not only do we have color sampling bit depth but we also have different  bit rates, codecs, algorithms, wrappers, compression types, sensor sizes, 4:2:0, 4:2:2, 4:4:4 and even 4:4:4:4. But to keep us from going totally mad, we are just going to talk about the basics of 8-bit and 10 bit color sampling and how to achieve the best image. Is 10-bit color sampling really better than 8-bit?

[Read more]

Removing Unwanted People in Your Scene with HitFilm 3 Pro
Now You See Him, Now You Don't
by Al Caudullo

On location in Angkor, Cambodia, and what I thought would be an easy, but crucial shot, lay before me. A simple slider shot using an Edelkrone Slider Pro and my Panasonic GH4. But as I set up, this one tourist just doesn't want to move out of shot. I can't stand there too long; I have too many other shots ahead of me. Finally, he moves, and I manage to get a dolly right and a dolly left before he reappears. I finally give up and do my truck in towards the subject shot with him in it, convincing myself that he will just add, "local flavor" to the shot. As I sat there in the edit suite weeks later, I silently made a mental note to kick myself the next time I was in that situation. He is a virtual albatross flapping his huge white wings all over my beautiful tracking shot.

[Read more]

Vision Research Announces New Updates to the Phantom Flex4K at NAB2015

Phantom Flex4K

Exclusive Interview with Toni Lucatorto

"Shooting high speed has some unique aspects, from the type of lighting, to the generally huge amount of files you end up with at the end of the day.  For that reason we always recommend working with a trained Phantom Tech, who will make sure the production goes smoothly and can consult with the team and help guide decisions up front. 

"Along those lines, my next tip would be to make sure you have the workflow understood before the production. If you are shooting raw, ensure you have fast hard drives and a 10Gb Ethernet workflow station for file downloading. Make sure your color grading and edit systems handle Cine raw files, otherwise make sure you have a plan in place for file conversion.

"Beyond that, prepare to have fun and witness some things you never expected to see at 1,000 frames per second."

[Read more]

William DickersonHow to Use Color Schemes

Explore the Use of Color in Your Film
by William Dickerson

I do not completely subscribe to color theory (red = passion, green = nature, blue = tranquility, etc.). However, interpretations of colors and what they represent can help you explore the use of color in your film.

[Read more]

Director John Boorman Returns
to His Youth

"Queen and Country" shot with the Arriflex Digital Camera System
by Scott Essman

As with Queen and Country and lighting cameraman Seamus Deasy, Boorman professed that much of his success is due to collaboration with his panoply of key crewmembers.  "I've had the privilege of working with great cinematographers," Boorman detailed.  "A cinematographer is only as good as what you put in front of him.  I spent a lot of time in preproduction with the cameraman controlling how it's going to look.  One of the marks of a good film is when you get a sense of everything in the film is intended - no essentials have been removed.  You know in ten minutes when you are dealing with a director who has control of the picture.  There is no room for extraneous material; you have to pare it down.  Everything is stripped out and only the essence is left."

[Read more]
FV Lighting

HD Pro Guide Magazine, 2015 Volume 3, Number 1

iFootage is a creative and innovative company that specializes in Photographic equipment. iFootage

The concept of iFootage designs is from the inner need of the professional photographers and senior media persons, who are from England and China.
In 2013, iFootage presented the unique Shark Slider S1 which created super smooth shooting. In 2014, the 1st Wireless motorized controller system in the world, S1A1 came into being. In 2015, the powerful multi-functional Electric Control PTZ, S1A2 will be one of the best tools of photography/film production.


Peter Stein, ASCBook Review on
David Landau's
Lighting for Cinematography

by Peter Stein, ASC

I am concerned that the ease of shooting in low light situations with the new HD cameras may lead some to ignore much of cinematic art and technique which has been developed over the years. The new book, "Lighting for Cinematography: A Practical Guide to the Art and Craft of Lighting for the Moving Image," from Bloomsbury Press helps to address this fear. As author David Landau says in his introduction, "We can't shoot good pictures without good lighting, no matter how good the newest cameras are. Shooting under available light gives exposure, but lacks depth, contrast, contour, atmosphere and often separation." This book concentrates on how to create lighting that supports the emotional moment of the scene, contributes to the atmosphere of the story and can augment an artistic style. The book emphasizes that well crafted lighting helps establish the illusion of reality that is necessary for the viewer to forget they are watching a screen and get lost in the story. It is a practical hands-on lighting text for anyone who wants to learn to improve their lighting for video or film, based on David's college lighting course that he has taught for over ten years, as well as his extensive professional work in the industry as a DP, Lighting Director and union gaffer.

[Read more]

For over 35 years, Rokinon lenses have offered an outstanding combination of quality, performance, value and customer support.

Tests by leading digital and video publications, along with user testimonials, have often indicated that Rokinon lenses perform equal to and sometimes superior to OEM optics that cost more than twice the price of a Rokinon. Rokinon Cine DS lenses are specifically designed with extra added features for film makers and videographers including tight color matching, de-clicked aperture control rings, unified focus gear and aperture gear positions, T-Stop calibration, plus dual right and left side aperture and distance scales. High performance yet highly affordable, the Cine DS system includes mounts to fit and cover Full Frame, APS-C and MFT cameras, focal lengths from 10mm to 135mm, a 12mm Full Frame Fisheye and a new 100mm Macro lens.

Rokinon lenses offer superior optics, features and focal lengths. "Pro Performance that's Priced Right."

tel: (800) 441-1100 / (212) 947-7100
email: [email protected]

Cine Gear Expo 2015

June 2015
Cine Gear Expo: June 4-7, Los Angeles

Cine Video Expo: June 15-19, Mexico

August 2015
2015 UFVA Conference: August 4-8, Washington, DC

Siggraph 2015: August 9-13, Los Angeles

September 2015
IBC 2015: September 10-15, Amsterdam

October 2015
PhotoPlus Expo 2015: October 21-24, New York City

December 2015
GV Expo 2015: December 1-3, Washington, DC


For advertising and sponsorship opportunities, contact your magazine representative today.

Kim Edward Welch, (917) 743.8381
Email: [email protected]
Publisher / Sales

Jody Michelle Solis, (646) 509.3160
Email: [email protected]
Editor-in-Chief / Specialty Sales
WM This eNewsletter was sent to you by Welch Media, Inc.
Publisher of HD Pro Guide Magazine and StudentFilmmakers Magazine.
400 N. Saint Paul St., Suite # 750, Dallas, TX 75201.
Contact us.