Author: Kurt Lancaster

Kurt Lancaster

Kurt Lancaster is the author of DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video. His digital film projects have been screened nationally and internationally, many of which can be found at He teaches filmmaking at the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University. He earned his PhD from NYU


Posts by Kurt Lancaster:


Shooting Video with DSLRs— Some Tips for Photographers


Use the basic tools of photography When I tell my students that they should master photography before shooting video, they think I’m kidding.  But the tools of photography offers all the basic tools required to shoot good video: Composition Lighting Color balance ISO settings F-stops Focus Lenses Depth of field Not to mention the more…


Composition – The Golden Mean


Your three-dimensional subjects and the scene they’re in are composed through your lens. This composition relies on many factors, including lenses and shot sizes, as well as camera angles. But one underlying principle can’t be understated: the golden mean appearing in nature, a ratio studied by mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras (whom you might recall from…

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Shooting “Grand Canyon Winter” with the Canon 5D Mark II and Editing with Final Cut X


Shooting in the winter with a DSLR can be a bit tricky due to the high chance of getting blow-out in the exposure. DSLRs—although great in low light situations—are notorious for easily blowing out the highlights. Hollywood cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, says that you need to treat the exposure range as if you were shooting…

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