Over my weeks of study in my visual storytelling class, I have soaked in a ton of information. This week however was a hands-on, learn about the camera week and I personally enjoyed it. We began class regularly with attendance and brought in our cameras for the first time. Coming from penta with two years of experience behind video cameras, I felt pretty good about my knowledge of the subject. I was however not as well read as I had hoped to be. We were introduced to a plethora of information that even today I make mistakes on. I will be sharing with you today some of the information that I gathered from that eventful week.
We first discussed the importance of knowing your camera. Most of the class had only a glimpse of knowledge on their cameras and we all had something to learn. We learned how to customize our settings and even change formats. While it is important to maintain the settings of your camera, it is also important to frequently change them with your surroundings, thus giving you the perfect picture. We then discussed what the different settings on your camera can do for you and how to utilize them to your advantage. This led to the next step of photography, learning how to shoot different types of photos.
Learning to take different styles of photos was one of the more challenging parts of the lesson. We were taken down to the gymnasium, where we practiced shooting for motion. This required us to meter for the indoor conditions as well as increase our shutter speed to capture the action in motion. After a few different types of motion capture, we moved on to depth of field. I was excited for this due to my love of cinematography and the art behind film. Our professor set up a few different balls in a line to allow us to practice using depth of field. The main change made when shooting a still and motion picture is the shutter speed. For shallow depth of field, you don’t require a quick shutter speed however, you do need to adjust the F-stop to where you get the desired depth.
In conclusion, A camera itself is a very hard to understand piece of machinery to the untrained. It takes years of practice to become fully trained with your camera. As a student I can’t wait to learn more about cameras and the infinite possibilities that I can capture. This will however not be for a long while but, for now I can practice and train myself to one day excell at the craft and make it into a career. After all, photography is only the first skill that I must acquire in order to work towards my career goal of being a cinematographer.