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Television News, 4th Edition by Ray Alexander, Ivor Yorke

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The camera at work

The way the camera is used and collects images has not changed in many years. The range of people who use it has changed completely. The reason is user-friendliness. Modern light digital cameras are simple to operate and have improved in their picture quality, although sound acquisition has become the biggest problem for any hopeful camera-operator. It is important to distinguish between using the camera for hard news and soft news. With the former you get one chance at the shot, and it can usually mean dangerous or demanding work with a tight deadline; the latter takes place in a more controlled and safer environment better suited to features or background material. There is a place in modern news for both ways of working. ...

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