Whither to aim…

1. Point and shoot cameras. Flip type cameras with no zoom or a very short distance zoom (or worse yet, optical zoom) and no microphone input. 2. Consumer level camcorders with one smallish chip, a decent zoom and no microphone input. 3. Prosumer/low end professional level camcorders with three chips and either XLR or mini-jack mike inputs. 4. DSLRs.

...high?  Low?  In between?

Like I used to tell my students, you gotta know your target audience before you even think about creating a visual story.  Well, the same thing applies to writing a book.  In this case, The Basics of Videojournalism.

Our original demographic was high schools...then we realized there was a wider potential audience, so we have adapted to that.  And we've also finally settled on some of the finer points about our audience, including what level of gear they need.

Roughly we've broken gear into four basic groups.

 

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Going in circles, biting my…

...well, not fingers.  Work on The Basics of Videojournalism progresses.  The focus this week is to get the chapter on shooting done, complete with illustrations.  Those we take care of tomorrow with former McNair broadcasting student (and someday film cinematographer) Louis Martinez, who will be acting as our model for illustrations for the book.  Author … Continue reading Going in circles, biting my…