Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video Simple cameras, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- [Teacher] Let's take a look…at a category I'll call simple cameras.…If your production requires a fast turnaround…and limited post-production manipulation,…then you should choose a camera whose final footage…is designed to create a picture that can be…immediately displayed on a video monitor.…These are typically digital single-lens…reflex cameras, D-SLRs,…or smaller, less expensive digital motion picture cameras.…This category of camera is changing rapidly,…so your choices get bigger every day.…
For instance, there's a growing group of excellent…mirrorless digital cameras that do away with…the optical view finder found on older D-SLRs.…You can make some adjustments to the pictures…of these direct-to-screen cameras,…but the range of control you have over the look…of these cameras is limited once the picture's been shot.…These are the types of images…typically used in broadcast television.…The pictures they make are meant to be…broadcast live, right on the camera,…and over the airwaves, or satellites,…and sent directly to your home television.…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Appropriate for all
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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