On Sunday evening at 1pm during the Men’s Basketball Game Jeff Taylor assigned me to watch how the camera men controlled the cameras for the entire game from a bird’s eye view. There were two different cameras for the basketball game. I thought it was a good experience because I got a chance to learn how video cameras are used before and after the games. I watched the first camera man with the smallest camera, which was mainly focused on whoever had the basketball and to zoom slightly in and out. He also had to slowly move the camera from left to right so that the audience at home watching on TV could see what is happening. Even though I was told to watch and learn from the first camera man I decided to learn from the second camera guy. His camera was a lot bigger and different than the other one and the tasks were a lot different. He had to zoom in and out a lot, move the camera quickly on the players and whoever had the ball in their hand. Also, he had to make sure that the aperture was not blurry when zooming in or out of the audience during commercial break. While I was observing both camera men, I began to ask questions about video cameras that relates to photography cameras like how to control the depth of field and how to capture the players moving quickly without a slow shutter speed. I wish that I could have learned how they set up the cameras before using them and how to turn them off.
This past week has been fairly hectic at the studio. Being that its the end of the semester, I have noticed that the studio is almost completely booked every day for 24 hours a day. I have made a special effort to check in on the studio more often that usual, as more people are going in and out of it. I have tried to keep the cables as wrapped as possible but the high amount of foot traffic has kept this very difficult. I am planning to go down to the studio for my last session on Sunday to make sure everything is straightened up for the holiday break. I also took the time to make an extra trip to the studio to help a student finish up their final project for Audio Production 1. He was asking for advice on how to mix vocals so I showed him the process I take for such a task. Among topics discussed were gain staging and how to build a mix around one particular element, in his case, it was the kick drum. I explained to him how starting the mixing process at the busiest part of the song was often the best method. After this, I told him that he could use the elements in the busiest part of the song as a way to gauge where the rest of the instruments in the song should go. I gave him a very brief explanation on effects routing and how to apply reverb to vocals, telling him to be very cautious when using reverb as it can quickly make the song sound muddy.