Camera Exercise #1: Test Drive Your Camera
Summary: Ryan gives you a filmmaking exercise to help you to better understand your camera, terms covered in previous videos, and help prepare you for the next videos.
Length: 3:08 minutes
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If you’re like me, then you probably don’t want to wait any longer; you just want to go out and start shooting. If you’re the more studious type, then you’ll probably wait until you get through all of the videos first before going out to film. Well regardless of who you are, in this video I’m going to challenge you by giving you an exercise I’d like you to complete before proceeding any further.
After completing this exercise, you will be better familiar with the terms we just discussed, and you will be better prepared for what we will be covering in the next videos.
Goals Of This Exercise
This exercise is all about getting familiar with your camera and seeing how the terms we just discussed affect the images you create. The importance here is that you experiment. Don’t worry about right or wrong–that isn’t the point. I want you to go out and create images that reflect the pairs of words that I’ll be giving you.
As you go out to record your footage, here is what I’d like you to do: start by using a clean memory card that doesn’t have any other footage on it. Or if that isn’t possible, then at least know where on the card your footage starts. And bring a note pad, or some easy way for you to document all camera settings before you record each exposure. The point of documenting these settings is so that you can reference these settings later on. If you stumble across an image you like you’ll be able to create it again. Or if you don’t like it you’ll know what to avoid.
So here are the camera settings you need to record: