On/Off – On some brands you actually have to find two or three switches to accomplish this. You may be required to choose between camera and VCR or VTR, you may have to open shutters over the lens or remove a lens cap, and you may have choices about snapshots, locked, standby, or video. You’re probably ready when you see a picture through the viewfinder with no unexpected icon flashing in the middle.
In this interview, Kimberly Kane discusses her love for film photography, work in Transfer 8mm Film to DVD, and her experiences in the music industry and the fashion world.
Buyer beware. It is true that you get what you pay for, and it shouldn’t be any different when buying a film camera, but make sure the seller knows this philosophy goes both ways. If you pay good money for a camera, then you deserve what you paid for: a good camera. Expect to pay between $75 to $300 for a good working Super 8mm camera.
There are two things to look for: 1) the camera is focusing on the wrong thing, and 2) the camera is confused and is hunting back and forth for something to focus on. Most camcorders today look for a sharp vertical edge in your picture. Once found, they very quickly focus in and out picking which direction better sharpens this edge in the picture. It’s the same process the eye doctor uses: “Which is better, A or B”?
“Brazil:” The Criterion Collection. Most of the mainstream crowd has not even heard of this Terry Gilliam masterpiece. The story behind the film production and how it almost never got released is as interesting as the film itself. All of this is covered in this impressive 3 disc collection. We are also blessed with the director approved cut as well as the original studio cut. The amount you can learn from these three discs is pretty impressive. It is also all very well done and easy to follow.
Closely related to this is rule #3: avoid “hunting” with the camcorder. We’ve all seen shots where the camera is panning to the left surveying the scene only to change direction and pan back to the right again, then no, maybe what it is looking for is down, let’s zoom in for a second, darn it moved out of the shot, let’s follow it putting everything out of focus, well heck, we seem to be looking at a blank wall, and with a shake of the camera, it’s turned off finally, followed by a totally unrelated shot taken hours later.
People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet Oopsie (Dis)honorable Mention: Victoria Asher. I wavered on this one so many times that I lost count. Why? I loved her dress. The funky red rose print frock with black laces along each side of the bodice fit Cobra Starship’s Asher like a glove and was a smokin’ selection for the show. So why is she mentioned here? The eyeshadow. Call me picky or unartistic, but the bright red was simply too much. It reminded me of clown make-up. Yuck.