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.

Recently I've been expressing the view that all cameras are pretty much the same, because they all use the similar technology (give or take) for their sensors. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel about the work of camera manufacturers – taking an electronic component such as an imaging sensor and making it into a usable tool is far from trivial. Still, the absolute performance of cameras is determined by what you can get off the lump of silicon behind the lens

Last chance for film

Published in Business

Much as it’s clear that the writing is firmly on the wall for film, it’s still a bit sad to see people like Fuji finally shutting up shop. Their UK office closes today, leaving Kodak the only game in town

HEVC/H.265: Everything you need to know

Published in Technology & Computing

RedShark Replay: With H.265 only just becoming common in devices, we revisit this article from 2013 as Phil Rhodes explores the background to HEVC/H.265, and explains what makes it so good at compressing video. Read this if you want to know how almost all video - including 4K - will be delivered in the near future.

Sensor technology is now moving so fast that it’s becoming possible to do things which, until recently, would have been a bit hair-raising price-wise

This is a topic that nothing else makes much sense without. If you don't understand this stuff, you're likely to make mistakes all the time with video - especiallly now that we're into an era of complex raw workflows and grading. Luckly, you're in safe hands. Phil Rhodes is an expert: he's not just a cinematographer but an engineer as well.

Can I use everyday fluorescent lights for filming?

Published in Production

I’m quite often approached by people holding pictures of the sort of fluorescent lights sold at DIY stores as task lighting, and asked if they’re any good for film and TV work. The answer is, well, maybe

Rent or buy?

Published in Business

Rent or buy? Phil Rhodes finds that renting might not be the most expensive option

How to understand Dynamic Range

Published in Technology & Computing

Camera performance is now measured as much in terms of Dynamic Range as Resolution. Phil Rhodes explains this essential aspect of camera technology

4K cameras: A rundown of what's available now

Published in Production

In between IBC and NAB, most of the newly-announced 4K cameras are on sale. So before the expected avalanche of 4K announcements and previews at NAB, we thought we'd ask Phil Rhodes to run though what you can buy now

The ENG-style camera with the heart of a DSLR

Published in Production

The NEX-EA50EH is an NXCAM Camcorder with a large format Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor and interchangeable E-Mount lens system that can shoot in full HD and take 16 megapixel still photos. It comes with the newly developed SEL-P18200 18-200mm Power Zoom E-mount lens with “Optical Steady Shot” image stabilisation

Is the end of compression in sight?

Published in Technology & Computing

Compression is, as every schoolchild knows, bad. Even so, there are more reasons than the obvious why it can be a questionable idea to involve a lot of mathematics in the storage of images

What colour is night?

Published in Post & VFX

What colour is night? This simple question leads to some deeper questions about colour in film making

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