Gentile Quick Tip #4: Open Your Eyes

Get accustomed to using the eyepiece instead of the display screen. You’ll be better able to tell when your subject is in focus, especially when there’s a backlight, which is a big issue with many of these hand-held cameras. Keep both eyes open. Otherwise you lose peripheral vision on the entire left side. Also, this […]

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Gentile Quick Tip #3: Don’t Just Stand There

Point your left toe toward your subject and your right toe straight out in front of you. This is the way boxers and martial arts experts stand when confronting an opponent. Watch boxing or martial arts films to see what I’m talking about — how to properly position your feet for maximum stability and maneuverability. […]

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Gentile Quick Tip #2: Make Your Body a Tripod

Backpack journalists use tripods on a limited basis, as this allows us greater mobility and less intrusiveness. So learn how to turn your body into a tripod. Turn your left hip toward your subject. With your left hand as a base holding the camera, tuck your left elbow into your left rib cage just above […]

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Gentile Quick Tip #1: Hold the Camera Properly

To maximize the effectiveness of your backpack journalism tools, learn how to hold the camera properly. Use the left hand as a base upon which the camera rests. Keep your fingers of the left hand free to manipulate switches, buttons and focus/zoom rings. Grasp the camera firmly with the right hand. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPVk08kRg8w.

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Sony EX-1

My Broadcast Documentary class progressed this week from the “pre-production” to the “production” stage, and students have begun to take out the Sony EX-1 cameras to execute their projects. As I expected, a number of students are unsure about these machines, a natural reaction to any device so multi-faceted and complex as this one. But, […]

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