I can now somewhat operate a camera. Somewhat. Given enough time, and a patient subject, I can actually generate some pretty acceptable photos. Maybe I am cut out for this whole journalism thing.
*Goes to class Friday morning*
*Checks out video camera and tripod*
*Snaps back to reality*
Much like when I first started operating the DSLR camera, I figured it would be easy because I had recorded video before– on my phone. “Oh there’s not much to it,” I foolishly thought. “You just point and shoot.”
How wrong I was.
After five minutes of rotating the camera, I finally found the power button (For those who don’t know, it is the button directly under the word POWER.) I flipped out the screen and was ready to capture the world around me…
…a slightly green world. Why was everything green? Is everyone sick? I heard that some sort of bug was getting passed around. It turns out that you have to white balance the camera. In J2000, we talked about white balancing, so I was a little apprehensive about doing it because I didn’t oppress anyone, but my classmates soon informed me that I was, to use their phrasing, “wrong.” Whether it was racist or not, the camera white balanced, and I was ready to capture video. All I needed was my tripod.
“Hey you know what would be fun? If we design the top of this thing like a Rubik’s Cube.” -Inventors of the Tripod
And I thought I felt dumb looking for the On switch for the camera… I went through quite the emotional arc trying to work that thing:
Frustration was mounting; I could feel the rage building inside of me. But luckily my classmate, Charlie, saved the day with his advice: “It goes in the other way.”
I was finally ready to go. Once I started filming, I felt the familiar sting of my lack of ability. It was actually a lot like taking photos– except this time the evidence of my mediocrity were minute-long video clips instead of single photos.