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Phil Rhodes

Phil Rhodes

Phil Rhodes is a Cinematographer, Technologist, Writer and above all Communicator. Never afraid to speak his mind, and always worth listening to, he's a frequent contributor to RedShark.

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Sony's Alpha 7S, with its outstanding low light performance and full-frame, full-sensor video readout, is now right at the top of the list for those looking for an alternative to the "convientional" video DSLRs.

Phil Rhodes gets into the technical nitty-gritty of why you should seriously consider 4K acquisition if you're ending in high def.

There is always a frisson of excitement generated by big chip cameras, but that doesn’t mean they are always the best answer to the job in hand.

Meet the Crew: Gregory Irwin, Camera Assistant

Published in Business

 Red Shark starts a new series of profiles talking to professionals in the industry about their jobs and careers, beginning with highly-regarded first assistant cameraman, Gregory Irwin.

HMI remains a viable and useful lighting technology. Phil Rhodes explains the science behind this enduring type of illumination

From the Archive: Super 8 is becoming popular again

Published in Technology

Another great article from the vast RedShark Archive. Just in case you didn't see it first time around: "...it's perhaps surprising that the Super-8 film format is still – in what we might have expected to be the twilight of its years – quite popular. The popularity of retro-styled web imaging services like Instagram is another instance of what I suspect may be the same trend, and goes some way toward confirming the suspicion that distressed images are now just as fashionable as distressed jeans"

In an ideal world, there ought to be no need to calibrate displays

Low contrast modes are popular with DSLR cinematographers wanting to extend the dynamic range of their footage. It seems a good idea in theory - but does it really add up? Phil Rhodes investigates

Defeating aliens with a Steadicam arm

Published in Technology

You sometimes even see a Steadicam arm in front of a camera

Gaming in 8K is here. But it's very slow!

Published in Technology

It's just an experiment or hack, but it is real. A computer game running (albeit very slowly) in glorious 8K

Cheap or vintage lenses, filters and poor focus can easily downgrade your 4K camera's performance to HD or worse!

(Mis)understanding crop factors

Published in Technology

Crop factors confuse people - especially when marketing is involved!

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