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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Practice Makes Perfect

There’s a great satisfaction in being able to operate a camera reliably and effortlessly. But this precision only comes through practice. So we’ve included a number of exercises here, to help you to become familiar with typical camera moves. Do them slowly at first, building up to faster versions later. Videotape your efforts, to check your progress. A combination of these operations would test even the most experienced operator.

Some basic exercises

•  Pan across a detailed wall surface (e.g. brickwork) at a very slow constant speed using wide, normal, then narrow lens angles, at different distances; keeping it in sharp focus throughout. Now tilt up/down slowly at a constant rate. This will give you the ‘feel’ of lens ...

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