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.

We give the Fiilex Q8 Travel LED light a thorough test to find out if it should form part of your kit bag.

Saving your data from oblivion is getting easier

Published in Production

Preserving our footage and data in the long term is a big concern. But is it a genuine concern, or is data preservation actually becoming easier? 

Broadcast standards are defined to ensure a minimal picture quality through the broadcast chain. But do the minimum bitrate requirements actually stack up in the realworld? Read on to find out. 

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

Published in Production

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?

Published in Production

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

Published in Production

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

Published in Production

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.

What really causes moiré in cameras?

Published in Production

Moiré is an often discussed subject when it comes to cameras, but what really causes it, and how can it be dealt with?

Top tips for good framing and staging

Published in Production

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

 

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