Sunday, 9 January 2011

An Introduction To Cameras

In the lesson before we shot our thriller openings about 'an interesting read', we were introduced to a professional camcorder, the JVC GY-HM100, and we were shown how to use it. This particular camcorder is very expensive and for that purpose we had to keep it safe, and in order to do so we had to follow these rules:

1. Insert the memory card and the battery correctly.
2. Keep the camcorder in a safe place where it cannot be damaged or stolen.
3. Keep it out of the rain, use an umbrella if necessary.
4. Do not touch the viewfinder as your fingerprints will remain on it and make the image blurry.
5. Return all of the equipment when finished as students from other classes will need them after we use them.

Also, in order to get the best quality possible, we should make sure the focus is right. If the focus is wrong the sequence could have really bad quality.

We also need a Tripod in order to stabilize and elevate the camcorder. It is suitable for panning up-and down, or side-to-side. They reduce camera shake and are good for attaining maximum sharpness. Here are the rules for using the Tripod:

1. Make sure you open the legs before you put the camcorder on it, as it could fall.
2. Use the Tripod compass to make sure the Tripod legs are even.
3. Make sure the camcorder is placed steadily and tightly on the tripod to prevent it from falling out of it. Pull the lever on the Tripod towards the camcorder
4. Take the camcorder off by pushing the lever away from the camcorder and holding in the red button whilst pulling it out.

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