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Video Camera Basics. Video Camera Functions (Sony DCR-SR47). Video Camera Functions . Lens Cover – Check make sure the lens is clean Open Screen – Auto on and off Touch Screen Home Button – Cabinet Icon – Delete Play Play Focus Mode Button – Video vs. Photo Photo Button. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Lens Cover Check make sure the lens is cleanOpen Screen Auto on and offTouch ScreenHome Button Cabinet Icon DeletePlayPlayFocus Mode Button Video vs. PhotoPhoto Button

  • Use the hand strap at all timesDo not touch the lensDo not hold the camera by the screenHold the camera straightTo avoid camera shake:Use two handsHold the camera close to your bodyLean against something stableIdeally use a tripod

  • Think about you positioning of yourself and the cameraThink about your audioLearn how to walk with a cameraPress stop before movingShoot from different angels

  • Long Shot Full Body shot, Feet to Top of Head. Subject is dominant but background remains. Amputation Rule:Do not cut peoples heads or feet off. It looks strange, as if they are amputated

  • Medium Shot Waist or Lower Chest to Top of Head (most common shot for reports). The subject is more dominant and background less important.

  • Close-up Shoulders to Top of Head. Subject becomes the main focus and background is minimal. Used to show the features of the subject.*Note: Never film a floating head shot where you see a persons entire head, but not their neck and shoulders.

  • Extreme Close-up Close-in on just a body part. Used to convey emotion. Use Rarely to Never: Extreme close-ups are ok for some B Roll but generally not to be used on people.

  • You never want to put your subject against a busy background. Each scene should contain a single story. To simplify the shot you may need to alter your background or camera position.

  • It is used to create a more interesting photo.

  • It is the idea of breaking a photo down into thirds (both vertically and horizontally), there are 9 parts.

    This grid creates four main points, which you should consider placing points of interest in.

  • LightingIncrease the lighting as much as possible and direct towards the subject. Never film with bright light behind the subject, including light from windows. Also do not film against a solid white wall.

  • Anytime you film ANYTHING, include at least 5 full seconds of static footage at the beginning and end of your recording.This allows room for editing later, ensuring that needed words or footage arent cut off

  • ExperimentTake lots of shots at different angelsReview and critique your video