Review

“The Great Gatsby” Doesn’t Disappoint

In anticipation of watching Baz Luhrmann’s “Great Gatsby” on DVD, I re-read the original novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. What follows are my impressions of the film. If you haven’t seen it, this will probably make no sense to you…

“Continuum” – The Best Show You’re Not Watching

Thanks to Netflix streaming, I recently discovered the Canadian TV show “Continuum.” Rachel Nichols (previously of “Alias” and the “GI Joe” movies) plays a dedicated police officer from the year 2077 who, along with a team of terrorists (played by…

Impact 5’x7′ Collapsible Background Review

One of the hallmarks of upscale portraiture is simplicity. Look at a dozen magazine covers, and at least 10 of them will feature a photograph of a single person on a plain, solid-colored background. Normally, I use seamless paper backgrounds…

Two Indy Films Worth Seeing

I don’t often get the chance to watch indy films, but when I do, I usually enjoy it more than I expected to. That was certainly the case yesterday, when – thanks to Netflix streaming – I was able to…

LED Lighting Is Finally Affordable

There’s a great scene in The Devil Wears Prada, in which Meryl Streep’s character explains how concepts in the fashion industry begin with the avant-garde, move to upscale designers, filter from there to regular retail, and eventually trickle down to…

Magnus Tripods Review

Magnus VT-4000 fluid head

A decade or so ago, it was very difficult to find an affordable, professional-quality tripod for video use. Companies like Gitzo and Vinten made – and still make – excellent products, but they cost upwards of $1,000 for a set…

Vello RigVision 9 HD Monitor Review

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A field monitor used to be considered something of a luxury. The advent of large-sensor camcorders with focus that’s hard to judge in onboard LCD screens has made it a bit more of a necessity. Even now, a decent monitor…

“House of Cards” Is Rock Solid

“House of Cards,” the political drama produced by video-rental company Netflix, is smart and compelling entertainment of the highest order. The 51-minute episodes are longer than the network standard of 44 minutes, but feel shorter because the pacing is so…