Before any successful shoot there is always some planning on my part as the cameraman or DOP. I like to have an idea of what I will be shooting and the location the shoot will be in. Really the more information you have will mean you can be better prepared and save time on set and most importantly get the best images. Try to get an outline of the shots needed or a storyboard is great too.
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So how do you make sure your gear works when you need it too? That’s an easy answer, make sure you protect it properly. The easiest way to do this is to have your gear in protective cases or bags. Continue reading “Camera bags and hard cases for Photographic, Film and TV gear”
If you’re putting a video online, you’re making a statement about your brand and its values. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “You only get one chance to make a first impression”, and any video you put online is that first impression. If the viewer is distracted by the bad composition or the incorrectly exposed image or if they can’t hear what you have to say because of poor sound recording, you’ve lost their attention and maybe even their potential business.
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As a cameraman I get asked a lot by clients how long should their video be. In general the shorter the better for videos as there are many factors to alter audience engagement and how long viewers will watch for.
It’s safe to assume that your viewers have short attention spans and plenty of distractions. The ideal length of a video depends on the content, the context, and the viewer.
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When it comes to hiring a camera operator or DOP, clients and Producers are looking for talented and reliable crew. Typically Producers will not take a chance on a using a new crew member unless they come recommended. Even then they will only use new crew on a small shoot to see how you go. It can be a hard road and many don’t make it, but if you run your business of being a camera operator well you will make.
So how do you set yourself up for success and make sure you will be financially viablae and around for the next shoot?
What’s it like working as a cameraman? Well you need a lot of talents but maybe not the ones that come to your mind first. You need patience, problem solving abilities and people skills not to mention powers of negotiation and navigation, then you need a good eye too. Continue reading “Working as a cameraman”
To make a great photographs, video or film the first thing you need is somewhere to shoot. Choosing that location is harder than it sounds. There are many factors that you need to take into account to ensure the shoot in that location goes smoothly.
Location, location, location is not just for real estate, it also vital to making great images and videos. In a way where you film is almost as important as what you film. A great location will provide you with photographic / cinematic opportunities to sets the tone and tells a story of its own.
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