Mechanical techniques include the use of devices that allow filmmakers to create unique and interesting camera movements.
Whether it's shooting a wedding, baseball game, church service or two-person interview, shooting it with more than one camera can be a time-saving and very creative endeavor.
While the director has a lot to contend with, the shooter also has to keep some very important techniques in mind when taking part in a multicam shoot.
Here are some tips specific to lighting for HD and shooting with High Definition cameras:
“So Johnny, this is a pretty good package, but why are you sitting on that shot for so long?
The lens is the single most important component of the camera system, and choosing a good lens can significantly improve the overall image quality of your production.
If you are filming people in a studio you will probably have a degree of control over where to position them, decide whether they should be sitting or standing, and what background they will be in front of.
A sports production will utilize a variety of camera types, unique point-ofview shots, extremely long telephoto lenses and different kinds of camera mounts.
Ever wonder how those astounding slo-mo shots that make a broadcast or big-screen production jump off the screen are created?
Quick and precise camera matching for on location single- or multi-camera shoots
The Long and Short of It
The focal length of a lens affects three important aspects of the image: angle of vjew; depth of field and perspecUve.
Without passing through a lens, the light falling on your camcorder's CCD would be as empty of information as a flashlight beam.
Few pieces of video support equipment are as useful as the tripod. Simple in concept, elegant in function, the tripod has a long history of bringing needed stability to the world of photography.
Unlike our counterparts in still photography, those of us shooting video have a wonderful advantage-motion.
Ask a lot of people what makes good art, and they'll all have a different opinion,
The images you record are the building blocks and foundation of your video productions.
One important ingredient in feature-film production values is camera motion. We don't mean tilts, pans, and zooms. We mean moving the camera smoothly with a dolly, crane, or other device such as a Steadicam. The change in perspective that this motion creates gives the viewer artificial depth perception in an essentially 2D medium. Used well, camera motion adds a lot to the quality and feel of the production.
Watching films is a classroom in itself, yet you really have to have the right tools to become a critical viewer.
All good directors are students of film. They devour film, looking at the way their peers chose to present the script - their shot choice, transitions, music and form.