There is a lot of discussion about technical software and hardware problems, so I thought I would start a post with my basic cinematography and camera operation tips to get some discussion going!
Feel free to post your tips and rules you following when filming with your video camera!
Law 1: Do not shake the camera!, Do not zoom in and out constantly, ALWAYS hold a steady shot so the people you make watch it (your audience) wont get a headache!
Law 2: Do not forget law 1!
Law 3: Obey Law's 1 & 2!
Law 4: Donít record in LP (long play) mode, often you canít edit LP footage or its really bad quality. Always record in SP mode (standard play).
Rule 1: Donít pan too often, naturally the human eyes like steady shots (try panning your head form left to right a few times whilst reading the next sentence), if you do decide to include some pans make sure they are nice and slow so your audience doesnít get a headache.
Rule 2: Donít let your shots get overexposed. Overexposed is generally when you point the camera towards a bright light such as the sun, and then everything in the picture turns black or white and you canít really see anything.
Rule 3: Donít (well try to avoid) filming in low light conditions or darkness. This can make the quality nasty especially if you cant control the gain on your handycam!
Rule 4: Donít zoom in using digital zoom it, becomes very shaky and bad quality, in fact donít zoom in at all if you can just move closer, youíre the camera person you can stand as close as you want!
Rule 5: Buy and use a tripod!
Of course all rules are made to be broken, so do some experimenting every now and then, but donít forget them, just donít break the laws!
Edited by st22, 13 October 2005 - 07:40 PM.