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High Definition Cinematography, 3rd Edition by Paul Wheeler

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CHAPTER 3

Picture Quality

3.1 What Does HD Look Like?

Before I go any further I must admit to a bias, with my Director of Photography (DP) hat firmly in place: I just love the images created by a High Definition (HD) camera, particularly when that camera is fronted with a decent lens. Please remember I am third-generation film industry – if I find HD appealing it must, surely, be worth your while giving it your consideration.

The images are usually very sharp with a long tonal range and the colors are lifelike and true. Whether seen on a monitor or digitally projected there is no dirt on the picture, no scratching and no picture instability such as weave or unsteadiness. Some fans of the photomechanical image miss these aberrations, but with ...

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