“You’ve been operating camera for three years and you didn’t know that?”
An older cameraman looked at me in disbelief while we were having dinner together in a restaurant. My heart was beating fast in embarrassment. I couldn’t look at him in the eye. Why didn’t I know this basic thing? I went back to the hotel after dinner and I reflected on the way I had handled my camera career so far.
I always believed in the importance of having a consistent output, even in filming. I might be accused of being wrong, but I think it is more important than the input. I believe in this because I think continuous output will eventually upgrade your skills and the quality of your work. You become efficient and faster at it as well. I believe outputting is the best input.
On the other hand, you can have too much input which will just make you fat. Afraid of the output. You just know all the risks ahead of you.
I believe that giving yourself a permission to suck, to be bad frees you to try out all sorts of things.
Those guys who teach the “information” on internet are usually the guys who had to learn it the hard way. They learned from all of their mistakes which was vital to their career. Failure is mother of success. They learned by doing it. That’s how children learn to walk, read and pretty much do everything. Outputting is an essential part to inputting. Are you filming enough?
However, of course, input is important too. Back to the initial conversation during the dinner time.
“You’ve been operating camera for 3 years and you didn’t know that?”
An older cameraman looked at me in disbelief while we were having dinner together. I couldn`t name a specific lighting equipment.
I am a self taught in operating camera. I never had a teacher for this.
However, I continue to broadcast about 20 times a month. The older cameraman began to answer hundreds of questions that I had accumulated over my 3 years of career. He probably felt sorry for my lack of knowledge at the end of the day. I was a dried up soil, waiting for rain of professional advise. But from that day on wards, my work had improved tremendously.
I believe my skill improved because I had a lot of output and I was ready to absorb new knowledge and apply it in my work.
I find that outputting takes a lot longer time, outputting has higher risks than inputting which can be done in a safe zone. But from my experience, I feel more time should be poured in outputting than in inputting.
I am a documentary/News cameraman based in London.