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The Wedding Video Handbook by Kirk Barber

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Chapter 4

How to Use the Equipment

Now it’s time to learn how to use your equipment. I’ll begin with the camera.

Using the Camera

Most of the professional and prosumer camcorders come with the ability to adjust different elements that affect the image quality you record. Learning and mastering these controls will become extremely beneficial to your productions.

Iris Control

The iris (see Figure 4-1) inside a camera’s lens controls the amount of light (see Figure 4-2) that will be allowed to reach the camera’s CCD (see Figure 4-3). The iris control of a camera works similar to the iris in your eyes. In bright conditions, the iris of your eye expands, making your pupil smaller in order to decrease the amount of light coming into your eye and onto ...

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