Camera 101: A Good Starting Point For Aspiring Filmmakers
Cinematographer Ryan E. Walters has developed a series of tutorials about camera and the first video, Camera 101, is available to watch for free.
It is obvious why this video would be an interesting video for aspiring cinematographers, but I believe filmmakers should watch it too.
Walters mentions many aspects of the camera that are often left aside or taken for granted when more advanced technicians talk about equipement, but that are key to understand that a camera is really much more than just a body and a lens.
The Camera 101 video is slightly under 15 minutes and ambitiously covers the following points:
- The importance of the camera body
- What to look for in lenses
- What is a follow focus & why it is important?
- What is a matte box & what does it do?
- Why tripods matter
- Why monitors matter
- Light meters use in digital cinematography
Fair warning: there is a lot of talking and writing going on at the same time and with a debatable timing. If you know nothing about camera, this video might feel overwhelming, but the information provided are interesting so I recommend you don’t give up and try to watch it at your own pace.
I haven’t purchased the series myself, so I can’t judge their quality, but if you feel like you want to know more about the camera tutorials and enjoyed the first video, you can click here.
And if you do follow the series (or if you already have), let us know how it is and what you get out from it!