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Chapter 2. Your Camera > Assignment 2: Shooting Tape

Assignment 2: Shooting Tape

Now let's make a recording. It may seem dull, but humor me and perform the following exercise as written.

1.
Go to your bedside table. Things are sitting on it—a clock, some books, a photograph, perhaps a bottle of water. Now get into bed, act as if you are waking up in the morning, and shoot what you see on your bedside table. This is how I want you to shoot.

2.
Without any big preparation, flip open your camera's LCD screen and press the Record button. While the camera is recording, notice the timecode count to :30 as you shoot the items you can see from your bed. Shoot close, zoom wide. And look around. But whatever you do, don't stop recording until you have counted 30 seconds.

3.
Now do it again, only this time find each shot without pressing Record. Once that shot looks framed, press Record and don't move for 3 seconds. Then stop recording. Find the next shot and repeat the process. Feel free to move around between shots, but don't zoom or move—hold still until you press Stop. Shoot some close shots, then some wide shots. If you'd like, you can get out of bed now and shoot from different angles. Take about 15 different shots.

4.
Practice shooting without looking at your hands or the camera. It's okay to look at the LCD screen, of course; just learn to work the buttons without staring at them.


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