Minimalist First-Aid Kit

How do you reconcile the “two is one, one is none” mentality of emergency preparedness with a desire for budget-friendly minimalism? The short answer is: the more you know, the less you need! An even shorter answer is: when in doubt, ask an expert. Why? Read More …

Waveform 101

Back in the early days of video, tehcnicians relied on two main instruments: the waveform and the vectorscope. Even though we now have fancy flat-panel monitors, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these venerable tools – especially the Waveform. In Premiere Pro, you Read More …

How To Format An External Harddrive in Mac OS

The end of the year is a great time to tie up loose ends that accumulated through the year. In the modern era, a big loose end for many of us involves computer data. External harddrives are more affordable than ever, so there’s really no Read More …

Photo Processing & Color Grading Tips

Working in the intersection of photography and video production, I’ve noticed that the tasks of color-grading and photo processing have become more and more similar. What used to be limited to basic adjustments of brightness, contrast and hue is now a full-fledged part of the Read More …

Subtractive Lighting – The Secret to Outdoor Portraits

Everyone struggles with outdoor portraits. Every once in a while, the light is perfect, but all too often either the sun is shining into your subject’s eyes, or it’s flaring your lens, or it’s directly overhead causing unappealing shadows, or maybe it’s hiding behind dark Read More …