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How to become a news camera operator

(Image courtesy of Dai Baker)

Channel 4 News cameraman Dai Baker has travelled around the world, including a ten-year stint at the broadcaster’s Washington bureau.  

He’s now based in Wales where, alongside a reporter and producer, he films and edits news packages from Wales and the West Country - although he’s always on standby to go further afield, covering the inauguration of Donald Trump in the USA and the political protests in Barcelona (see video below). 

RTS Craft Skills Camera Masterclass with Sophie Darlington and Christopher Titus King

Wildlife cinematographer Sophie Darlington (the BBC’s Planet Earth II and documentary feature African Cats) and director of photography Christopher Titus King, who straddles the documentary (BBC One’s Seven Ages of Britain) and drama (the History mini-series, The Bible) genres, discussed camerawork at the RTS Craft Skills Masterclasses.

Why storytelling is the key to good camerawork

Christopher Titus King, Helen Scott and Sophie Darlington (Credit: RTS/Paul Hampartsoumian)

Wildlife cinematographer Sophie Darlington (the BBC’s Planet Earth II and documentary feature African Cats) and director of photography Christopher Titus King, who straddles the documentary (BBC One’s Seven Ages of Britain) and drama (the History mini-series, The Bible) genres, discussed camerawork at the RTS Craft Skills Masterclasses.

Small Cameras

It’s not only one of the most popular lifestyle brands in the world, manufacturing one of the most popular consumer products ever, its dramatic impact on the world of broadcast and professional video production has got everyone excited.

GoPro will give you the low-down on what it is, how to do it, where to share it and the tools they offer to help you.

Some of the new products on the horizon are not quite available in the UK yet, however we are hoping to have a sneak preview of something on the day*

*Still to be confirmed. More information closer to the event

RTS Student Masterclass: Camerawork

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Television is at its core a visual medium and the cameraman exists at the very heart of it.

Tim Palmer, a cinematographer working predominantly in TV drama, and BAFTA winning documentary cameraman Steve Robinson turned the viewfinder on themselves to deliver an RTS craft skills camera masterclass.

The session was chaired by former Yorkshire Television high flier Helen Scott.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to point and shoot

One of the best ways to stand out from the competition and land a job in the television industry is being able to self shoot. The ability to point and shoot refers to the most basic skills needed for filming and it's generally understood that you can compose, frame and film a basic shot, such as for an interview. Learn the basic tips of this valuable skill in 60 seconds, as explained by Ollie, from Pro Motion.

JARGON BUSTING

Part of the battle of entering the television industry is getting to grips with technical jargon. Here's a guide to self shooting language: