My knowledge with the Panasonic AVCCAM

This camera is a digital camcorder, with a built in 70-300mm lens. This blog is to show my understanding with this camera.

  • Power on: A switch at the back next to the red record button
  • LED slide: on the right back of the body, slide open the LED finder
  • View finder: On the back top of the body, looking through the viewfinder, it shows what the camera see.
  • Manual Iris: On the bottom next to the Iris wheel, press to switch to manual and use wheel to adjust light exposure
  • Shutter speed: Open LED screen and it will reveal configs, which one will say speed control, ideal to keep shutter speed to 1/60
  • White Balance: On the bottom next to the iris and gain, theres a switch which will need to be put to preset. After that you need a white a4 or anything that is completely white, have that in the frame and hold the button on the bottom of the front cam to manually correct the white balance.
  • Manual Focus: Theres a switch at the front next to the natural density filter, that says focus, switch to manual.
  • ¬†Zebra: Opening the LED, theres a button that says Zebra. This shows you

Visual Storytelling Through The Lens

Analyzing camera shots, not only the way they are framed but the purpose as to why cinematographers use these shots.

The image above is a still of Javier Bardem, taken from the movie. No Country For Old Men.

You don’t have to see this film just to know that he is the villain, we see this by the use of lighting and the low angle, making him look powerful and reckless.

There are many other shots that translate expression, including high angles for making the character look vulnerable, close-up for character expression, mid close up, I feel gives us as audience closure with the character.

When shooting a scene and translating meaning behind your shots, it is good to know what the scene is about and your characters, the more you feel connected to the story and characters, the more expressive you can be behind the camera.