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Old June 22nd, 2005, 10:43 PM   #1
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Communication with camera 2

Most weddings in the past, I have shot alone with two camera's. Of late, I have started working with a 2nd camera operator, and feel that there is a definite advantage to have the extra body.

There have been several instances where I would have loved to yell across the church PULL IN TIGHT ON THIS!! But have been able to bite my tongue, and keep my mouth closed, and hope for the best from Cam2.

Does anyone use some type of headset or communication device to talk to the 2nd camera, or does anyone know of a good one to have?

I still use Mini Disc for audio & a shotgun on the closest camera, so I think I can get away with a little whisper from behind the camera from time to time.
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Old June 22nd, 2005, 10:56 PM   #2
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sign lansguage is a good one..

i have signs for pull out, close in, pull away, zoom in, cover me, i'll cover you,

the only way these work is if theres a constant visual communication with teh person BEFORE you need to sign

but i also have 2 way radios with headsets. im still having issues implementing these in weddings as well as church scenarios where it wont be too obvious
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Old June 22nd, 2005, 11:01 PM   #3
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Most weddings in the past, I have shot alone with two camera's. Of late, I have started working with a 2nd camera operator, and feel that there is a definite advantage to have the extra body.

There have been several instances where I would have loved to yell across the church PULL IN TIGHT ON THIS!! But have been able to bite my tongue, and keep my mouth closed, and hope for the best from Cam2.

Does anyone use some type of headset or communication device to talk to the 2nd camera, or does anyone know of a good one to have?

I still use Mini Disc for audio & a shotgun on the closest camera, so I think I can get away with a little whisper from behind the camera from time to time.
hello chris,

have a eatec system, you will love it.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=306121&is=REG

greetings
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 09:39 AM   #4
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hello chris,

have a eatec system, you will love it.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...u=306121&is=REG

greetings
Nice, just what I was looking for!
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:50 AM   #5
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Attend the rehearsal so you know the plan

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sign lansguage is a good one..

i have signs for pull out, close in, pull away, zoom in, cover me, i'll cover you,

the only way these work is if theres a constant visual communication with teh person BEFORE you need to sign

but i also have 2 way radios with headsets. im still having issues implementing these in weddings as well as church scenarios where it wont be too obvious
Chris,

Don't forget the most important way to solve this problem: Planning.

Granted, sometimes -- because this isn't a controlled shoot -- things don't go according to plan, but you can have a contingency plan preapred for most "what if" scenarios. I don't use any walkie-talkie devices at weddings because I feel they're too disruptive, and honestly, with my planning, I don't need them.

If you attend the wedding rehearsal, you'll already know the key players, where they'll be, and when they'll be there. Try shooting the rehearsal so you can anticipate problems on the wedding day. You'll choose better camera positions, won't get in each other's shot (much), and won't trip over the photographer :) Coming prepared makes for a less stressful wedding day shoot.

Good luck,

T.J.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 11:24 AM   #6
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I second the Eartek. Full-duplex is great- it's like being on the phone, you can both talk at the same time. I haven't, yet, invested in a set but it's been under great consideration.
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