We Simplify The Technical!

James Neihouse is a master class instructor in cinematography and an IMAX photographer.

James was instrumental in bring IMAX technology into the space program.

Get inspired by James’ amazing career in episode 119 of The Understand Photography Show!

James Neihouse Night Sky Ruins

Tales from an IMAX Legend
with James Neihouse


  • Originally a totally different type of film camera. Digital version is closer to “regular” digital video cameras.
  • Produces a 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 negative.
  • Shoots 6.5’ of film/sec – 1000’ of film shot in 3 minutes.
  • Was the size of a microwave oven.
  • Film is projected on a giant screen or dome, surrounding the viewer and making him feel as if he were there.


  • The Dream is Alive:  shot from the space shuttle, the first film in space.
  • Hubble 2009

Just finished Expedition Chesapeake with Jeff Corwin.

Next project – filming the Aurora in Norway.


Images in Motion vs. Still Images

  • Motion                                      
    24 still frames per second 
    Continually re-compose
    Involves constant attention
  • Still
    Harder because you have to tell the story in ONE image

“It’s not who you know, it’s who knows YOU.”

Advice from a Master

  • Have a death grip on the technical side.  If the technical stuff becomes second nature, you can focus more on creativity.
  • Be friendly, keep in touch.
  • Be consistent in your work.
  • Show your work to people you DON’T know and get their input.
  • Don’t take “No” for an answer.  Go back in 2 weeks and check again!
  • No matter how good your work is, someone will tear it apart.
  • Don’t take rejection personally.  It’s art.  If YOU like it, you’ve succeeded.
  • Be a problem solver.  Think outside the box.
  • Own your mistakes.  Learn from them and move on.
  • Learn from the masters, but BE YOU.  

“Don’t compare your work to others’, compare it to your previous work.”

Finding James
Instagram – @70mmdp


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