Archive | February, 2012

How To Be a Better Camera Operator – Part 3: EQUIPMENT

24 Feb

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Welcome back to part 3 of my “How To Be A Better Camera Operator” series (if you haven’t read part 1 and part 2… what are you waiting for?! Haha). In this post we’ll be looking at Camera Equipment – there’s lots of information flying around all over the place about gear, so sometimes it can be very tough to see what’s really important about the kit you use. In this post I’ll try to cover what you need, why you need it and how to make sure it keeps doing what you want it to do!

This one’s a long one, it’s hard to condense this kind info… So without further ado, buckle up and let’s begin!…

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How To Be a Better Camera Operator – Part 2: TECHNIQUE

16 Feb

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Welcome to part 2 of my “How To Be A Better Camera Operator” series (if you haven’t read part 1 click here). In this post we’ll be looking at Camera Techniques – what tricks or techniques do you require, or could you improve on, to be the very best Camera Operator you can be? Read on!…

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How To Be a Better Camera Operator – Part 1: MINDSET

3 Feb

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Being a professional camera operator is a highly skilled job, which requires many qualities. It’s not just a case of just looking down the viewfinder and shooting. Sadly many people think that’s all there is to it, but in reality this is just the start.

The following guidelines are a result of my many years of shooting as a documentary cameraman and drama DoP.  Professional operators practice this stuff “day-in, day-out” because high standards really do matter.

I’m going to cover my top guidelines in 3 parts, which I will release separately over the next couple of weeks:

  • Part 1.  The Camera Operator’s Mindset
  • Part 2.  Camera Operating Techniques
  • Part 3.  Care and Handling of Equipment

So if you’re really serious about getting to the top of your career… and I’m assuming you are…read on. For all you Producers, Directors and Camera Operators out there I hope this will be of great value to you all….enjoy!

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