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.

Will the Alexa LF make large-format the new normal?

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The Alexa LF has caused quite a stir. With it's large sensor, will the new camera normalise large-format cinematography, or will practical production issues mean that it remains a niche product?

Is this the most versatile SFX gadget ever made?

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It's been used for decades to create all sorts of practical effects. Phil Rhodes celebrates the Le Maitre Mini Mist fog machine. 

Why LUTs are not a magic bullet

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The creation of LUTs is practically an industry now. But they are not a magic bullet for the look of your film, and shooting with them requires a lot of care. Phil Rhodes looks at why we should never rely 100% on them.

We take video imaging for granted. But the pioneers didn't have things so easy. How on earth were images created before the CDD? Phil Rhodes tells all. 

Everything you need to know about colour resolution

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The limitations of human vision and how we see colour are actually an advantage when it comes to storing video. Phil Rhodes demystifies the confusing world of colour subsampling.

Stills lenses are often now used for video. But for critical work there's no substitute for dedicated motion picture lenses. And one of the reasons for that is accurate back focus.

Review: Don't let the straightfoward appearance fool you. Phil Rhodes finds beauty in the simplicity of the BoxCaster internet broadcast device from BoxCast.

Top tips for good framing and staging

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Nobody was ever remembered for being safe! Spruce up your framing and staging with these tips from Phil Rhodes.

 

Nailing your technique: location, location, location

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The best camera in the world isn't much use if you don't know what to do with it. Even less so if you haven't got a place to film with it in. In the first part of a major series on technique, Phil Rhodes begins with the often frustrating task of finding locations. 

Blackmagic Ursa Mini update addresses lag

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Ask, and you shall receive: Blackmagic has released the 4.9 update for the Ursa Mini series featuring noticeably reduced lag in the LCD monitoring and SDI outputs and more.

Nvidia's recent demontration of AI video manipulation gives us a glimpse of the future. Will it ever be perfect? Phil Rhodes looks further. 

A new lens developed at Harvard University could revolutionise how smartphone cameras are produced. 

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