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Gordon White December 22nd, 2005 10:48 PM

Your Camera Zen
What are you thinking and doing in the field right up to the moment you push 'record'?

In other words, what's your pre-record zen?

For me (a newbie) it's, "level the camera... watch your horizon line... zoom in and focus... compose the shot..." or something like that.

Honestly, I don't have my camera zen down yet so I'm asking what yours is.

Thank you!

Mike Rehmus December 22nd, 2005 11:38 PM

Hoping I remembered everything necessary to set the camera correctly while I'm paying attention to the action so I don't miss anything. Frequently, in run and gun, the action is first, the camera settings are a distant second. So I try to anticipate what I'm going to need and set things before hand.

Sometimes, when I'm out with the police, it's auto everything except focus.

Richard Alvarez December 22nd, 2005 11:47 PM

A variation on the film shorthand F.A.S. T.

Aperture (light level)
Shutter (Speed/setting/Framerate)
Timecode (running)

Boyd Ostroff December 23rd, 2005 08:01 AM


Originally Posted by Mike Rehmus
Hoping I remembered everything necessary to set the camera correctly.

That is so important, especially when you're still getting used to a new camera. I've had a Z1 for about 6 months now, and have been doing some nature shooting recently just for fun since I haven't used the camera all that much. The first day I made a whole series of dumb mistakes! First I left the gain switch at +6dB when shooting in the bright sun (and I was wondering why I had to stop way down when using ND2!). Next I somehow accidently changed the shutter speed to 1/30 sec. Then I left steadyshot on while the camera was on the tripod. The only good thing about all this is that I realized how sloppy I had gotten, and now I'm making an effort to check and doublecheck everything before I start recording.

Meryem Ersoz December 23rd, 2005 10:06 AM

notice what the breath is doing....


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