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Digital Video Camerawork by Peter Ward

Reviewed by Quentin Budworth

digital video cameraworkTelevision is an insatiable beast it needs skilled camera operators with a thorough understanding of digital video production techniques. If you wish to acquire or develop these skills, this is the book for you. This book is the one technical manual that you should have in your camera case for reference on a daily basis, or whenever you are out on a filming job.

It is a bible for the camera operator definitive, no nonsense and easy to read. This book describes and enables you to reproduce broadcast camerawork and customary techniques. It will enable you to visually create broadcast quality footage, if you study it closely and apply the knowledge contained within.

For example:

How to shoot news/documentary
Shot structures
Visual conventions
Interview techniques
Creating and structuring sequences

It is of particular interest for people working in corporate and broadcast work because it has all the necessary technical information for people working in broadcast work and a detailed outline and explanations of the craft skills and techniques required for digital camera work in these situations.

In essence Peter Ward is a highly-skilled cameraman and trainer and the ex-chairman of the Guild of Television Cameraman and the former Head of Cameras at Television Southwest.

Title: Digital Video Camerawork
Author: Peter Ward
Publisher: Focal Press
ISBN: 0-240-51605-2
Price: 16.99
Reviewed by: Quentin Budworth
Review Date: 10-06-2005
Summary: Having this book in your camera case is like having his knowledgeable presence at your side when on a shoot. Essential reading for any camera operators or aspiring operators.
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