This chapter outlines what will be most helpful—theoretically and practically—to make your first shooting experiences truly productive. Normally a director works with one or more other people as crew, but for a fast learning curve when you begin, it is fine to shoot and edit solo. You can certainly acquire high quality imagery with a small camera and little else (Figure 12-1). To see the latest consumer camera features and capabilities, see “best HD camcorder reviews” at htt­p:/­/ca­mco­rde­rs.­top­ten­rev­iew­s.c­om/­hdv­. Otherwise go to the B&H Photo and Video website, www­.bh­pho­tov­ide­o.c­om, for a full spectrum of amateur and professional equipment.


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