Nick Martini is an accomplished director and DP. While often involved on productions with his company, Stept Studios, Nick also works as a commercial and documentary director for a variety of production companies and agencies. His work has taken him around the globe. From orbiting waterfalls in Iceland to chasing RAM trucks through the desert. He has told stories featuring the world’s greatest athletes, lifestyles, and brands.
How much should you spend on your gear, and what do you get for your money? Is a high-dollar item better than a less expensive item with similar features? Like every photographer in today’s market, I ask myself that very question when putting down cash for equipment.
A big question I get about the gear I use is, “Is that worth the money?” And for most of the gear I own, the answer is yes. Photography and video are the way I pay the bills, so the gear I use must work every single time I pull it out of the case.
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Many times in a creative’s life, there will be a period when you look back on what you’ve been doing and make a choice to pivot into a new chapter. For Jeff Lewis, there has been a few over the years – some very notable ones to say the least. Lewis grew up eating, sleeping & breathing football, although his creative side shown through in his oil paintings. However, it wasn’t until he was in college on the football field that his true calling occurred to him.
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Currently preparing for a labor-of-love shoot in Trinidad, Nancy Schreiber, ASC is bubbling with enthusiasm for the project, Moving Parts, a fictional narrative that centers on the international sex trade. “I was just drawn to the subject matter,” she says. Ever vocal for the rights of women, Schreiber says that she will work on several PSAs over the course of a year in between other work, but for this feature length, she has dedicated herself to seeing the project through despite a very small budget.
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Starting in the late 1970’s, Crudo began his career as an assistant cameraman on such films as Raising Arizona, Ghostbusters II, Field of Dreams and Presumed Innocent. During that time he had the opportunity to work for a litany of historic cinematographers like Michael Chapman, ASC, Laszlo Kovacs, ASC, Gordon Willis, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC.
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With more than sixty cinematography credits to his name as well as more than four decades surfing the turmoil of union politics, cinematographer Steven Poster, ASC has been instrumental to the industry of filmmaking not only as a world famous DP but also as a key figure in the fight for the rights of cinematographers and imaging professionals.
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Boulder, June 2016 -Thanks to Chimera Lighting’s continuing innovation, the company has announced the first ever adapter that allows lightbanks to be used with space lights. This effective and efficient system of pairing space lights with lightbanks now provides cinematographers and lighting professionals with an option previously unavailable—the ability to use a space light as a key light.
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Boulder, June 2016—Today, Chimera Lighting announced the first LED Panel Adapter for Octabanks for mounting 5 foot OctaPlus TECH lightbanks on LED panels. Until recently, output from LED panels was only strong enough to work with smaller lightbanks. But thanks to technological advances, the intensity of light from LED fixtures has increased to the point where using them in concert with larger OctaPlus lightbanks is now a viable solution, meeting the demand for a light modifier that increases the light aperture of the fixture.
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Shane Hurlbut, ASC is a very focused man. After securing a degree in film and television from Emerson College in 1986, the cinematographer quickly found himself learning grip and electrical work on movies like Phantasm II and Teen Witch. Since then, he has expanded his portfolio to include lead camera on nearly twenty films, including blockbusters like Need For Speed and Terminator: Salvation. The latter he shot with director McG, who just worked with him again on a film called The Babysitter, which is in post production. The film stars Russell Crowe and Jane Fonda. Hurlbut also completed the drama Fathers and Daughters with director Gabrielle Muccino late last year. It will premiere domestically in theaters this July.
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Chimera Lighting, the standard-setting lightbank and accessories manufacturer for image-makers worldwide announces the availability of a Standard and Compact Light Boom as well as kit that includes a Boom, Triolet, and Chimera Pancake Lantern Kit.
Alex Buono hangs out with some pretty fun people. Having just returned from Colombia for a shoot on the second season of the satirical series Documentary Now!, the DP and director has been traveling the world for a new IFC show created by Saturday Night Live alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers.
Alongside his impeccable resume, Buono is probably most famous for seventeen years of work behind the famous “mock” vignettes poking fun at commercials and pop culture on Saturday Night Live.
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Traditionally tungsten lighting has been problematic for me, with high temperatures making them hard to modify and still producing less than stellar results. But my opinion has changed since I started using the Chimera Triolet. The Triolet is a small lighting fixture that can handle light sources, including tungsten bulbs, up to 1,000 watts.
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Boulder, April 2, 2016— As the availability and use of LEDs has grown, so has the need for light modifiers to better sculpt the output from these efficient light sources. Responding to this industry need, Chimera Lighting has created Tech Lightbanks for ARRI’s S30 and S60 SkyPanel LED fixtures. The new Chimera Tech Lightbank series delivers the quality and durability that Chimera is known for.
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Known as one of the world’s preeminent lighting educators for almost three decades now, Bill Holshevnikoff says that one of the things he will warn his many workshop students about right off the bat is that once you start to understand how light works, you will never be able to see it any other way. “It becomes almost a subconscious thing,” he laughs. “It’s like showing the magic behind a trick; once you see how it’s done, you can’t really un-do it.”
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When it comes to photographing people, there might not be a better, and more used light modifier than the mighty beauty dish. But when the time comes to hitting the road, this bulky and fragile item is usually the first left behind. Photographer M.D. Welch compares Chimera’s Octa Beauty collapsible beauty dish to traditional metal beauty dishes and shows you that you don’t have to sacrifice perfect lighting for portability.
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Photographers often have similar stories about discovering their love for taking pictures when they were young and received a camera from a family member or took a class in high school. Award winning photographer, educator and top selling author Roberto Valenzuela’s career began in high school but in a very different way than one would imagine. Click to read more!
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As Assistant Chief Lighting Technician (Best Boy), Greg Reeves knows what’s going to happen next on Grey’s Anatomy but he’s not telling. In fact, he’s been privy to the secrets of this award-winning medical drama for more than a decade and has loved every minute of his tenure with the show.
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“Any artist would benefit from learning other creative disciplines. We should all explore other arts and technologies, then combine them – what cognitive researchers call ‘unusual associations’. I think that’s a better strategy than just being a purist in one field.” – August Bradley
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Some photographers are lucky enough to say they had a parent inspire them to pick up a camera. For David Clifford, his father was a longtime Minolta shooter with a subscription to American Photo magazine. Clifford’s story is one that follows an interesting narrative of immersing yourself in what you love, realizing when you have to make the hard choices of following passions, and setting yourself up for success with investing in yourself.
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A softbox can be a photographers best friend, giving you limitless possibilities with options like removable diffusioin, reseased faces and additional options like grids. But that friendship can turn ugly when trying to setup or teardown a softbox on set, or on location. Photographer and Filmmaker M.D. Welch, specializing in commercial and editorial work demonstrates with different subjects and locations. How he lights subjects and which Chimera Lighting tools he uses to get the job done.
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Grids are one of the most powerful tools for Photographers. But when it comes to softboxes, grids can go from friend to foe in a matter of moments. Photographer and Filmmaker M.D. Welch, specializing in commercial and editorial work demonstrates with different subjects and locations. How he lights subjects and which Chimera Lighting tools he uses to get the job done.
From its inception in 1980, Chimera Lighting has gained a reputation for innovation and excellence in the photography and film industries for its exceptional lighting products. But, like many innovative companies, Chimera evolved from humble beginnings.
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The biggest thing you’ll always hear over and over in tons of businesses is – location, location, location. Photography is no different but that mantra is not entirely as simple and direct as per se, the real estate industry. Simply put, people tell you that if you shoot a certain style of photography you should be in a big market for that said photography genre to make your business flourish. Dan McClanahan will tell you why thats not true.