Camera Filtration: A Starters Guide To Neutral Density Filters

Summary: Neutral Density (ND) filters are part of image control class of filters. (Other image control filters include polarizers, contrast, and color correction.) ND filters control the amount of light entering the camera without changing the color of the light.

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Crew Positions: Who's Who in Camera Department (Camera Lesson 19)

Who's Who In The Camera Department (Camera Lesson 19)

Ryan covers the different roles and responsibilities of the positions in the camera department: director of photography, camera operator, 1st assistant camera, 2nd assistant camera, digital media technician, digital image technician, and finally camera production assistant.
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  1. Dean Mermell
    Dean Mermell says:

    While I find your videos really informative and helpful I can’t watch them for long. I don’t think being onscreen talent is your thing. You seem absolutely terrified or flummoxed sometimes, a very deer in the headlights kind of delivery. I’d really recommend having someone who’s more comfortable on camera read the copy or prompter, and/or have more imagery demonstrating what you’re talking about. I don’t mean to be critical or negative, what you’re doing is extremely valuable, and I think we should all work with our strong suit.

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    • Tim
      Tim says:

      Ha ha ha. Yeah, we both aren’t great on camera (me especially!), and have gone back and forth on what to do. (This is why our careers thus far have been behind the camera ;) ) But people tend to want to learn from someone who knows what they are talking about, instead of someone who is just reading a script. Can you imagine watching a cooking show or a “fix your house” show and the person teaching the skills is someone who doesn’t know anything? And teaching tips and tricks of what to do on set would come across as false if someone else relayed our stories. We are working on letting our personalities shine on camera. It is amazing how that red tally light can wipe a personality off a face! Hope you stick with us as we grow our “on camera personalities!”

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    • Ryan E. Walters
      Ryan E. Walters says:

      Dean, Thanks for your honest feedback- I really appreciate it. :)

      I agree with your comments, and we continue to work on our on-camera performance. We’ll be adding in more B-roll, etc, to demonstrate things; and like Tim said, hope you hang on as we continue to refine our on-camera delivery. We’re definitely better behind the lens, then in front of it. :)

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