There are very few working DoPs today that I have as much respect for as Alister Chapman. He is an absolute wealth of knowledge on all things visual from broadcast television to electronic engineering. He is a world renowned storm chaser as well as a regular contributor to DVInfo.net.
When Alister “speaks”, I listen. And you should too.
I routinely find myself embroiled in “discussions” with new shooters who frankly just don’t “get” some very crucial concepts such as lens focal length, crop factor and varifocal versus parfocal zoom lenses and just how difficult it is (some would say impossible) to create a true parfocal zoom lens for large format imagers found in today’s dSLRs and S35 digital ciné cameras aimed at what has historically been called the “prosumer” market.
Rather than trying to explain these things myself to those videographers who have found my Blog, I happily refer you to The True Master.
And I love just how flippant and honest he is!
Want to know more about Crop Factor? HERE!
Training and Education around the world? HERE!
Parfocal Zooms on large format camcorders? HERE!
Keeping gear running in the frigid cold? HERE!
Now, before someone accuses me of linking to Alister’s Blog for any nefarious and self-serving reason, let me be completely open: my intent has always been to share what I know with people who are willing to learn. I had fully intended on writing some Blog posts about some of these topics myself. Now that I have discovered Alister’s Blog, I see no pressing need. Why learn from the Padawan when you can learn from his Jedi Master?
I hope to finally meet Alister at the NAB Show (National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas) this year. He has inspired much of my own learning since I first read his posts on DVInfo. Hope you find him as inspiring as I do!
Thanks for reading!