1. Camera Demo

We will pick up on yesterday’s camera demo.

  1. Battery: Grab a camera bag and set it on a flat surface. Open the bag and remove the camera, then open the compartment and put in a freshly charged battery (from the green bin).
  2. Tripod: Get a tripod then unlock the plate and pull the safety catch to release it. Use your fingers our a coin to screw it onto the base of the camera, making sure not to overtighten. Open the legs out all the way so the tripod is stable. Place the plate onto the tripod head until you hear a click, then close the hinge to lock it in place.
  3. Power: Press the switch in the top-right corner to power the camera on. Press “Menu” in the top-left then press the right arrow to select the first wrench in the settings. Go to the “Format” option and press “Set” the data from the card.
  4. Configure ISO: Press the ISO button and make sure it is appropriately set. Rule of thumb: Outside = ISO 100/200, Inside = ISO 400/800, Dark Room = ISO 1600, Never = ISO 3200+ 
  5. Set Focus: When in doubt, leave the camera on Auto focus (AF). We will learn about Manual Focus (MF) later on. There is a physical switch to toggle this on the side of the lens.
  6. Change Mode: Set to Aperture Priority (Av), Manual, or Video mode depending on the camera model.
  7. Adjust Aperture and Shutter Speed: The widest aperture on these lenses is f3.5. The slowest shutter is 1/25 or 1/30. Scroll the wheel(s) until the exposure meter has a line in the centre to indicate an even exposure. If it is to the left, it is too dark (or underexposed); let in more light by reducing the shutter speed > opening up the aperture (lowering the f-stop number) > increasing the ISO as needed. If it is to the right, it is too bright (or overexposed); let in less light by reducing the ISO > reducing the aperture (raising the f-stop number) > increasing the shutter speed.
  8. Record: Turn on the “live view” mode on the digital viewfinder (the red icon to the right of the optical viewfinder) to preview what is being seen. Press the shutter to set the focus, then the red button to stop and start recording.

2. Savage

We will be watching and briefly discussing a short film called “Savage.” We will use it as an opportunity to demonstrate our critique process.


Day 16-17, 9/29-2