Thursday, 20 January 2011

SKILLS: Introduction to camera

In one of our classes, we were shown how to use the camera in which we would be recording our work on, safely and appropriately. We were firstly shown by the media technician how to use the camera, its functions and how to adjust the varied settings to our filming environment and needs. He demonstrated how to put the camera on, insert the SD cards, place the battery on the camera, remove the lens cover etc, what buttons (such as record) were where etc....

The class was then shown a presentation on how to use the camera appropriately and gave us tips on how to use the camera effectively. He showed us how to use the tripod and how to safely place the camera on it correctly. We were all told to have a go at placing the camera on the tripod so we all had knowledge of how to do this correctly without accidentally damaging the equipment. He then showed the different functions the camera had such as manual focus and lighting settings which can be used to enhance our filming. This was done by plugging the camera in to the PC so we can all see the effects of the features shown on the over head projector. Tips were given out to the group stating how and when to use certain techniques. These included the manual focus which we were told when and how to used it, and the light effects as well. He also stated what not to do when filming; this included sudden zoom shots or panning as we did not have enough experience to do it to a professional standard. We were advised to stick to basics. Also the technician stressed to the group how valuable the equipment we were using are, and how not use them. The consequence of the equipment becoming damaged due to carelessness was stressed to the class. The last thing that we were advised not to do was film illegally. This meant the law had to be taken into account when filming so we are not able to film e.g in an unauthorised location (such as railway tracks) or illegal content (such as taking drugs) etc...

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