Technique and technology

There is an urban myth of an American tourist hiring a car in a foreign land and driving 200 miles in first gear. When the engine eventually overheated and seized up he was asked if did he not suspect somewhere along the journey that something was wrong. He said he thought it was noisy and slow compared to his own car with automatic transmission back home, but having never driven a car with a manual gear change he had no way of comparing the car’s performance.

A basic knowledge of television technology is required to avoid a similar foul-up when new to programme making. Technology is simply a means to an end; the end being a programme that communicates with its audience. Without an understanding of the camera equipment ...

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