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

Part 2:
10 Camera Operating Techniques

1. Operate a variety of  different cameras

Seems to me there’s a new camera launched onto the market every other day! (Well maybe not, but you get my drift!)

TV Producers and Directors can, and do, dictate which cameras we use, it’s their prerogative.  It’s your job is to be proficient with a variety of cameras, not just one. Being able to operate with at least 4 different types of camera that are commonly used in the industry will give you flexibility, and that flexibility gives you a tremendous advantage over your competitors. Call Hire Companies and ask if you can go and familiarize yourself with a few different cameras.

*Hire companies will normally be ok with this as they would rather know that you can competently use one of their cameras rather than try and work it out on a shoot and change all the settings! So long as you eventually hire camera kit from them they will be more than willing to help, but never exploit their good will.

2. Compromise…to a degree

In the film and TV industry compromise happens every day. You compromise with the Producer, the Director, the Sound Recordist, even the weather… you name it!

Compromise is good, to a degree – you’ve got to be flexible. But  remember – when you concede too much and it starts to seriously affect the standard of the work you turn in then it’s time to reconsider. By being too amenable on location you can box yourself into a corner which can force you to turn in substandard work. When the producer or director views disappointing footage, guess who gets the irate call…you do!

So compromise a little, but stop if it’s going to really affect your work in a detrimental way.

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