Comparison of four professional LED lighting instruments under $1K

Blender Light

Over the past couple of years I've had a chance to use or take a close look at various LED lighting instruments available in the marketplace. Today you will find lots of inexpensive lights suitable for on-camera use available for anywhere from $50 to $500 from a variety of vendors. And while these … [Read more...]

Beyerdynamic velour pads: new life for Sony MDR-7506 or V6 headphones

Sony MDR7506

For many years I've been using two pairs of Sony MDR-7506 headphones (one lives in my camera kit and the second lives in my sound kit) and the original plastic ear pads had started to fall apart. These are outstanding headphones for monitoring audio, however, the pads are their achilles heel. … [Read more...]

Maria’s Story and its role in the technological history of documentary filmmaking

Maria Serrano

Maria's Story (1990, Monona Wali & Pamela Cohen, 53 min.) is a documentary portrait of Maria Serrano, a 39-year-old woman who is a peasant, mother, and guerrilla leader who at the time the film was made, had spent over a decade of her life fighting in the hills of El Salvador. Some might condemn the … [Read more...]

Sony PMW-EX1 Camcorder (BOSFCPUG Presentation)

The Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder represents an important milestone in the evolution of digital video camera design. This is the first all-in-one camcorder to provide videographers with the productivity of solid-state memory card recording, the quality of three true high-definition 1/2-inch CMOS … [Read more...]

Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder: first impressions

Sony PMW-EX1

A friend recently loaned me his Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder for a few days so I had a chance to take this fascinating new camera for a spin. In this post I'll share my first impressions. I'll be taking the camera out for another spin next week for more shooting, so I'll get into the details of … [Read more...]