What my cameraman blog posts will cover
Here are some other posts related to my work as a cameraman. These posts will contain hints, tips and tutorials on how I approach my filming work.
As an overview to what this blog my cover, it’s my responsibility as a cameraman to ensure that my camera and necessary equipment is setup correctly. Cameramen (and women!) have to understand how to use a camera to capture a story and deliver the intended message. As well as this, they also have to understand the technical aspects of how the camera works, how to light and how colour will be affected.
Equipment maintenance is another large part of the job that often goes unnoticed. Knowing how to clean camera equipment, how maintain tripods, basic electrical repairs and how to clean lenses and camera sensors is all knowledge that is helpful when you own your own kit.
Another element in the work of a multi skilled cameraman, is understanding how to work in a studio. Lighting is generally the biggest challenge whether you’re working on a green screen chroma key studio or a plain white or black studio. Lighting has to be balanced to ensure you get a balanced key. It then has to separate the onscreen talent from the background and reflect any post-production effects or graphics that may be added at a later point.
Keeping on top of the latest equipment can be challenging. With kit being updated so regularly and manufacturers constantly trying to encourage you to upgrade, knowing what to buy can be an issue. It’s important to note that any camera equipment you do buy, will depreciate pretty quickly. I’ll endeavour to review equipment in my blogs that may be of interest to other cameramen without promoting products that I don’t think are good quality. Having bought a heck of a lot of camera equipment of the years, I’ve come to learn what’s a good buy and what’s not a good buy!
Something else to bear in mind when purchasing camera equipment, is what the long term implications will be. So often popular “influencer” style reviewers on camera equipment news websites and YouTube, will have the kit for a couple of days and then release a 90min documentary on said piece of equipment. These are of no use to anyone. I personally find it much more helpful, finding out how other cameramen cope in the long run with their equipment before evaluating whether that could fit into my setup or not. For that reason, I think updating this blog with equipment I’m using on everyday shoots can be helpful for other cameramen.
My aim is to cover all of this and anything else that springs to mind on my blog, when I periodically remember to update it!