CHAPTER 7 The Camera

Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young film-makers should do is to get hold of a camera and shoot and make a movie of any kind at all.

Stanley Kubrick, Director

Camera operators need to know their camera so well that they don’t need to “think” about it technically. That knowledge allows them to spend their time shooting creatively in a way that effectively communicates.

Key Terms

Aperture: The opening of the iris (see iris).

CCD: This charged-coupled device is an image sensor used in most video cameras.

CMOS: This complementary metal-oxide semiconductor image sensor has less power consumption, saving energy for longer shooting times.

Depth of field: The distance between the nearest and farthest ...

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