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Jim Harvey reviews Switronix Pro-X Battery System

Jim Harvey reviews Switronix Pro-X Battery System

In this article, contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews the Switronix Pro-X Battery System and with great enthusiasm reveals, "These are awesome batteries! Short of a lens, the battery system on our cameras is probably the single biggest expense that we have. With professional battery systems costing a couple of thousand dollars we need to be able to maximize our run time while minimizing our cash outlay... For the past year or so, I have been using a battery that I am absolutely sold on. Not to be too anthropomorphic, but I'd venture to say that I 'LOVE' these batteries. They are made by a company called SWITRONIX.

Jim Harvey
Sigma SD-9 Foveon Review by Mike Gondek

Sigma SD-9 Foveon Review by Mike Gondek

September of 2000 Foveon announced a 16.8 million pixel image sensor a first of it's kind. Foveon has been pushing the digital industry with their revolutionary image sensor. Sigma, known for making quality professional lenses, announced their first digital camera and being first to host the Foveon chip in November 2002. Foveon has drawn much attention and hopefully their technology will be found in more products soon. Mike Gondek reviews this camera for

Mike Gondek
Rick Gerard reviews Cinematography: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers

Rick Gerard reviews Cinematography: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers

Rick Gerard takes a close look at Cinematography Theory and Practice by Blain Brown. This is his third book and for the aspiring or experienced cinematographer the best reference book Rick has ever seen.

Rick Gerard
Camera Tricks, Part Two

Camera Tricks, Part Two

In the article Camera Tricks, Part One, we looked at warming and cooling your image to gain a desired result. In Part Two, Jim Allen discusses softening or diffusing your image and a few other special effects that you may like to try. For most of these, it will be necessary for you to have a camera that allows you to perform manual white balance, manual irising, and manual shutter speed adjustments. With some of these ideas, the automatic functions will automatically overcome the effect you are trying for.

Jim Allen
Camera Tricks, Part One

Camera Tricks, Part One

If you are an avid moviegoer, you've probably noticed that the psychology of the movie is not only in the script and the music, but the quality of the picture as well. In simplest terms, a picture slightly reddish and/or yellowish tends to give the viewer a warm, friendly, emotional feeling and a picture with a slight bluish cast tends to give the viewer a cold, heartless, emotionless feeling. In many drama type films, the use of warm footage with cold footage helps the viewer distinguish between the hero and the villain. In this article, Jim Allen explains color temperature and how to achieve this quality in your video.

Jim Allen


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