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    • #14284
      Imoekor Omon Paul

      <p style=”text-align: center;”>In Cinematography you must be cautious with your camera, when on set the first thing to do is to insect your battery (most cameras battery are under, you see an indicator showing you a space to open and place your battery inside) by the side is a space where you can insect your Sd card, then you switch it on, Note: before starting to record text your recording function to make sure the picture and sound are recorded without any problems. then your camera is ready to roll, see you in next lesson</p>
      always remember that as a cinematographer your picture quality speaks for you

    • #14307
      Imoekor Omon Paul

      <p style=”text-align: center;”>on our previous discussion we talked about what to do before recording, and this is an important area which you must not forget.</p>
      For you to get a good picture quality you need to set your camera via manual mode to your taste of picture, you check your Exposure, Aperture, Iso, and your Shutter Speed. these are what makes your job creative, and its very advisable to use the manual mode while shooting because you can make adjustment  any time depending on your shooting location, when you are using for example canon 700D, 5D Mk2 etc, you find both the Manual, Tv, Av, P.on the top of the camera. (the Manual, T.V, A.V, and  P-which is Programme mode these are different shooting mode which i will be explaining on the next  lesson)  to know more about ISO, APERTURE, & SHUTTER SPEED then you will see it on our next topic so stay updated.
      <p style=”text-align: center;”>always remember that as a cinematographer your picture quality speaks for you</p>

    • #14321
      Imoekor Omon Paul


      If you want to get the most out of your DSLR camera, it’s best to learn its different shooting modes, rather than just using full Auto all the time. With all the letters and symbols surrounding the dial (like M, Av, Tv, and P), though, things can get a bit confusing. Here’s a first-timer’s guide to getting out of Auto mode and crafting better photos.
      Get to Know Your Camera’s Dial
      Let’s start by talking about the most common modes you’ll find on your camera, and how they work.


      Manual Modes: M, Av, Tv, and P
      The letters on the dial represent the different manual and “partially manual” modes–these are the ones you’ll really want to familiarize yourself with if you’re serious about photography. They include: See diagram below

      Manual (M): Manual mode is, as the name implies, gives you full control of the camera. You have to enter the values for aperture, shutter speed and ISO. The camera takes an image with those values, whether or not they’ll result in a good exposure.
      Aperture Priority (Av or A): In Aperture Priority mode–denoted by either an Av or A, depending on your camera–you set the aperture and ISO. The camera picks the shutter speed automatically. You can use exposure compensation to make the camera underexpose or overexpose the shots you take.
      Shutter Speed Priority (Tv or S): In Shutter Speed Priority mode, you set the shutter speed and ISO. The camera picks the aperture automatically. Like with Aperture Priority, you can use exposure compensation to underexpose or overexpose the shots.
      Program (P): You set the ISO and exposure compensation while the camera takes care of shutter speed and aperture,

      Automatic Modes: A+, CA, and Others

      The rest of the items on the dial are automatic modes that optimize themselves for specific types of scenes. They can include, but are not limited to:

      Auto (or A+): In full auto mode, the camera does everything for you. Push the shutter and it takes the best picture it can.

      No Flash: The same as Auto, except the camera won’t use the built-in flash.
      Creative Auto: A mode found on some Canon cameras that lets you set how blurry you want the background to be.

      Otherwise, the camera controls everything.

      Portrait: An automatic mode where the camera prioritizes a wide aperture to get a shallow depth of field.
      Landscape: An automatic mode where the camera prioritises a narrow aperture to get a deep depth of field.
      Close Up: Designed for close up objects, the camera sets everything, focuses to the closest distance possible, and won’t fire the flash.
      Sport: The camera prioritizes a fast shutter speed at the expense of other settings. It will use a higher ISO than Portrait mode.
      Night Portrait: Designed for low light, the camera will allow longer shutter speeds and higher ISOs at the expense of image quality.
      Guide: A mode found on some Nikon cameras that walks you through the process of taking a photograph.

      Some cameras will also have other modes as well, although they are not as common. Professional cameras have custom modes where you can save settings you like. You might also find a video mode or HDR mode on the dial of your camera.

      If you’re not sure what a symbol means and it isn’t in this list, check your camera’s documentation.

      always remember that as a cinematographer your picture quality speaks for you

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      Wow this great

    • #14334
      Imoekor Omon Paul

      Lesson Four 4 Checking  your  recording sound

      This is one of the most important feature you must check before  recording, in production your sound matters a lot to can get good and audible sound you need to adjust your sound setup in most camera you click on the menu button then scroll to sound recording press the ok/set button you see two options which are auto and manual in most cases it is advisable to use the manual mode depending your location, because in some environment are very noisy so when recording on manual its reduces the noise in manual its only record sound within to set on manual mode, you adjust either increase or you decrease the numbers base on your shooting distance then press the OK/set button to finish your set up but when using auto its picks all sound around. So adjusting your record sound is essential when its comes to film making.
      <p style=”text-align: center;”> always remember that as a cinematographer your picture quality speaks for you</p>

    • #14354
      Imoekor Omon Paul

      Lesson Five: Seven(7) things You Must Do Before Shooting.

      Wait. Are you sure? As any good scout will tell you, the secret to success is to be prepared. As a video production manager/Cinematographer, the best tool I’ve found to insure my crew is perfectly prepared every time we roll is a pre-shoot checklist. If you aren’t working from a checklist, you’re putting your productions at risk. So make a list and check it twice. While I create custom production-specific checklists for each of our major shoots, there are a few things that always stay on every one of my lists, and they should be on yours too.
      1. Test Your Gear
      Just because your tools worked last time doesn’t guarantee it will work this time, so always take time to pull out all of your gear and put it through its paces a day or two before your shoot. Do it every time with every piece of equipment: camera, lights, mics, monitors… all of it. It’s important to test your gear in advance of the shoot so you have time to make repairs or find replacements in case you do discover any defects.
      2. Check Your Charges
      It takes several hours to refresh the charge on your camcorder batteries, so this is another task that needs to begin a day or two in advance of your shoot. I like to carry at least two charged batteries per camera; preferably three. Preparing your power supplies doesn’t end with charging your camcorder batteries, you should charge or replace all of the batteries in every battery-powered device at the beginning of every shoot, and always carry extras. Make a habit of replacing your 9-volt and AA batteries as a regular part of your shoot prep.
      3. Prep Your Media
      Depending on the type of camera you shoot with, prepping your media may mean buying tape or clearing off your digital media cards or hard drives to make sure you have room to record. Allow adequate time for this task, just in case you need time to transfer media off the cards before swiping them clean.
      4. Make and Print Your Plans
      There’s a wise old production adage that says you should plan your shoot. In practical terms, this means creating and working from scripts, schedules and shot lists. Anyone who shows up at a shoot planning to “wing it” without a strategic plan is putting the production at risk. Even when covering an unscripted event, the wise shooter can anticipate certain events and activities that are must-have moments. So take the time to make a plan and remember to take your plan.
      5. Pack Your Bag
      A checklist is also an important part of packing your gear bags before you leave home base. This should include everything you need to pull off your shoot. Things like your camera, tripod, microphones, cables, headphones, reflectors, gaffer’s tape, and those charged batteries that we talked about earlier. When it goes in the bag or in the car, check it off the list. Never assume you have it if you haven’t checked it off.
      6. Clean Your Lens
      Once you’re on set, your prep work isn’t done. There are a couple important things to do before you roll. One of the simplest is to clean your lens with a lens tissue. I have two tips for you here: 1 – always clean the lens before you shoot. Always. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen beautiful footage corrupted by dusty, streaky, dirty lenses. Always wipe your lens. 2 – Your lens is very sensitive to abrasives, so only clean it with a genuine lens cloth designed for cleaning camera lenses. Don’t use a facial tissue… or your sleeve.
      7. Check Your Focus
      The last essential thing to do before you tap that little red record button with your itchy trigger finger is set your focus. Always set your focus at a full telephoto zoom. If you are shooting a person, zoom all the way in on the eyes, take the camera all the way out of focus, and then slowly bring it back in until the specular highlights (those gleaming white reflections of light in the eyes) are crisp and clear. If you are shooting more than one subject, focus on the one farthest from the camera. Once the focus is set, don’t touch it again. As you zoom back to a wide angle setting everything between your subject and the camera will stay sharp as you zoom out, and when you decide to zoom back in, it will still be sharp.
      You can save yourself a great deal of stress and set yourself up for more successful shoots by investing a small amount of time in pre-production preparation. While these seven tips will get you started, don’t stop here. Customise this list to make it your own, and be as prepared as you can be.
      <p style=”text-align: center;”>always remember that as a cinematographer your picture quality speaks for you</p>

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