Smooth Moves - Camera Support Systems

Zooming is not a natural human experience. While some superheroes can zoom with their eyes, we're not so lucky. In the human world, if you want to take a closer look at an object you do just that: get closer.

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Cranes and Jibs

Mechanical techniques include the use of devices that allow filmmakers to create unique and interesting camera movements.

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Introduction to Lenses

LensThe 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.

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Sports: The Camera

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A sports production will utilize a variety of camera types, unique point-of­view shots, extremely long telephoto lenses and different kinds of camera mounts.

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Shooting in the Winter

Winter00As Old Man Winter lowers his cold frosty mantle upon the earth, creating dark chilly nights and crisp wintry days, many video producers think of hanging up their gear until Spring returns.

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All About Lenses

Lens00Without passing through a lens, the light falling on your camcorder's CCD would be as empty of information as a flash­light beam.

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Try a Tripod

md_tripod-imageFew 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.

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Good Frame Balance

Looking at a well-balanced image, we see that it has a settled, stable look. An unbalanced shot, on the other hand, has an insecure, uncertain feel to it.

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It's in the Lens

0With some of the new inexpensive digital video effects technologies available today, it's possible for a home videographer to create visual sequences that were unthinkable in most Hollywood post-production studios just a generation ago.

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Dollies, Wheelchairs, and Wagons

Dolly00One 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.

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Back to Film School

Back to Film SchoolWatching 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.

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