Getting Started With The Camera

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Getting Started With The Camera - Quiz

This is a test on the basics of camera operation and shot composition. All questions are based on class notes and discussion.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is an establishing shot and how could you use it in one of your video productions?

  • 2. 

    Why is it so important to set-up and record your shots quickly and efficiently?

  • 3. 

    The camcorder’s CCD device converts reflected light into electrical signals which are then recorded onto the recording device.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that a camcorder's CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) device is responsible for converting the reflected light into electrical signals. These electrical signals are then recorded onto the recording device, such as a tape or memory card. This process allows the camcorder to capture and store video footage. Therefore, the statement that the CCD device converts reflected light into electrical signals and records them onto the recording device is true.

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  • 4. 

    A lens’s telephoto setting allows the videographer to record a “close-up” view of a distant object.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The telephoto setting of a lens allows the videographer to zoom in and capture a close-up view of a distant object. This setting magnifies the image and brings the subject closer, making it appear larger and more detailed on the screen. This is particularly useful when filming subjects that are far away, such as wildlife or sports events, as it allows the videographer to capture fine details and create a more immersive viewing experience. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 5. 

    A school picture in a yearbook is a good example of this shot.

    • A.

      Extreme close-up

    • B.

      Close-up

    • C.

      Bust shot

    • D.

      Over-the-shoulder

    Correct Answer
    C. Bust shot
    Explanation
    A school picture in a yearbook typically shows the subject from the chest up, focusing on their face and upper body. This closely framed shot is known as a bust shot, making it the most appropriate option among the given choices.

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  • 6. 

    A sideways movement of the tripod dolly is called a ___________.

    • A.

      Tilt

    • B.

      Dolly

    • C.

      Truck

    • D.

      Unstable horizon

    Correct Answer
    C. Truck
    Explanation
    A sideways movement of the tripod dolly is commonly referred to as a "truck." This term is used in the film and video production industry to describe the action of moving the tripod dolly horizontally. It is called a "truck" because the movement resembles the motion of a truck moving laterally.

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  • 7. 

    A tiny monitor mounted on the camcorder that enables the videographer to “see” what is being recorded is a _________________.

    • A.

      Tripod

    • B.

      Trigger

    • C.

      Iris

    • D.

      Viewfinder

    Correct Answer
    D. Viewfinder
    Explanation
    A viewfinder is a small monitor attached to a camcorder that allows the videographer to visually observe what is being recorded. It provides a real-time preview of the scene, allowing the videographer to frame the shot and make necessary adjustments before capturing the footage. This feature is essential for ensuring that the desired subject is in focus and properly composed within the frame.

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  • 8. 

    A vertical movement of the camcorder on the tripod is called a _____________.

    • A.

      Tilt

    • B.

      Dolly

    • C.

      Truck

    • D.

      Pan

    Correct Answer
    A. Tilt
    Explanation
    A vertical movement of the camcorder on the tripod is referred to as a tilt. This movement involves tilting the camera up or down, allowing for adjustments in the vertical frame of the shot. Tilt is commonly used to capture different angles or perspectives, such as looking up at a subject or looking down from a higher vantage point.

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  • 9. 

    Audio and video outputs on the camcorder are used to connect the camcorder to playback devices.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because audio and video outputs on a camcorder are indeed used to connect the camcorder to playback devices. These outputs allow users to transfer the recorded audio and video content from the camcorder to devices such as TVs, monitors, or speakers for playback. This enables users to view and listen to the recorded content on a larger screen or with better audio quality.

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  • 10. 

    Focusing is achieved by adjusting (lengthening or shortening) the length of the lens.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Focusing is indeed achieved by adjusting the length of the lens. When the length of the lens is adjusted, the distance between the lens and the image sensor or film changes, allowing the lens to bring the subject into sharp focus. By lengthening or shortening the lens, the focal point is adjusted, resulting in a clear and focused image. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 11. 

    Foreground, middle-ground, and background are the three most important aspects for creating "depth" in your shots.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Foreground, middle-ground, and background are crucial elements in photography that help create a sense of depth in a shot. By incorporating these three aspects, photographers can add layers and dimension to their images, making them visually engaging and immersive. The foreground provides a sense of scale and perspective, while the middle-ground adds depth and context to the scene. The background, on the other hand, provides a backdrop and further enhances the composition. Therefore, it is accurate to say that foreground, middle-ground, and background are essential for creating depth in shots.

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  • 12. 

    Leadroom is most affected by which of the following?

    • A.

      Moving objects

    • B.

      Backlight

    • C.

      Distance

    • D.

      Auto-focus

    Correct Answer
    A. Moving objects
    Explanation
    Leadroom refers to the space in front of a moving object within the frame of a photograph or video. It is the area that allows the viewer to anticipate the direction in which the object is moving. When a moving object is present, it significantly affects the leadroom because the object's motion and speed determine the amount of space needed in front of it. Therefore, moving objects have the most impact on leadroom compared to other factors like backlight, distance, or auto-focus.

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  • 13. 

    Standard Definition camcorders produce the highest quality images.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "Standard Definition camcorders produce the highest quality images" is false. This is because standard definition camcorders have lower resolution and image quality compared to high definition or 4K camcorders. High definition or 4K camcorders have higher resolution, resulting in sharper and more detailed images. Therefore, standard definition camcorders do not produce the highest quality images.

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  • 14. 

    The adjustment on a camera that determines how a camera processes colors is ______.

    • A.

      AGC (automatic gain control)

    • B.

      White balance

    • C.

      Iris

    • D.

      Trigger

    Correct Answer
    B. White balance
    Explanation
    White balance is the adjustment on a camera that determines how it processes colors. It ensures that the colors in a photograph appear accurate and natural by removing any color cast caused by the lighting conditions. By adjusting the white balance, the camera can compensate for different types of lighting, such as daylight, fluorescent, or incandescent, resulting in more realistic and true-to-life colors in the captured image.

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  • 15. 

    The camcorder is really a combination of two pieces of equipment: a video camera and a recorder.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement is true because a camcorder is indeed a combination of a video camera and a recorder. It allows users to capture video footage and record audio simultaneously, making it a convenient device for capturing and storing audiovisual content.

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  • 16. 

    The Rule of Thirds is important in establishing the right amount of headroom in a shot.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Rule of Thirds is a composition guideline in photography and cinematography where the frame is divided into nine equal parts using two horizontal and two vertical lines. The main subject or points of interest are then placed along these lines or at their intersections. By following this rule, the headroom in a shot can be balanced and visually pleasing. This means that the correct answer, "True," is valid as the Rule of Thirds does play a role in establishing the right amount of headroom in a shot.

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  • 17. 

    The word lens is a Latin word that means, “writing with cameras”.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. The word "lens" does not mean "writing with cameras" in Latin. In Latin, the word "lens" actually means "lentil" or "lentil-shaped." The word "lens" is commonly used to refer to the curved piece of glass or other transparent material used in cameras and other optical instruments to focus light.

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  • 18. 

    This shot contains the entire subject you are recording.

    • A.

      Close-up

    • B.

      Bust shot

    • C.

      Long shot

    • D.

      Over-the-shoulder shot

    Correct Answer
    C. Long shot
    Explanation
    A long shot refers to a camera shot that captures a wide view of the subject or scene being recorded. In this shot, the entire subject is visible, allowing the viewer to see the subject in relation to its surroundings. Unlike a close-up or bust shot, which focus on specific details or portions of the subject, a long shot provides a broader perspective. An over-the-shoulder shot typically focuses on the subject from behind, while a long shot encompasses the subject entirely. Therefore, a long shot is the correct answer as it includes the entire subject being recorded.

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  • 19. 

    This shot is most often used to convey emotions…

    • A.

      Bust shot

    • B.

      Long shot

    • C.

      Over-the-shoulder shot

    • D.

      Extreme close-up

    Correct Answer
    D. Extreme close-up
    Explanation
    An extreme close-up shot is most often used to convey emotions because it focuses on the subject's facial expressions and details, allowing the audience to see every nuance and subtle emotion. This shot eliminates distractions and brings the viewer closer to the character, intensifying the emotional impact of the scene. By capturing the subject's face in such close proximity, the audience can easily connect with the character's feelings and empathize with their emotional state.

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  • 20. 

    What word is literally translated "writing with light" in Latin?

    • A.

      Pens

    • B.

      Hens

    • C.

      Wrens

    • D.

      Lens

    Correct Answer
    D. Lens
    Explanation
    The word "lens" is the correct answer because it is the Latin word that is literally translated as "writing with light". The term "lens" refers to a curved piece of glass or other transparent material that focuses or disperses light, which can be associated with the concept of capturing or writing with light.

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  • 21. 

    When recording objects moving at high speeds (a race car, for example) it is recommended that a high-speed shutter setting be used.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    When recording objects moving at high speeds, using a high-speed shutter setting is recommended because it allows the camera to capture the fast motion without blurring. A high-speed shutter setting means that the shutter remains open for a very short period of time, freezing the action and resulting in sharp and clear images. This is particularly important when capturing fast-moving objects like a race car, where a slower shutter speed would result in motion blur. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 22. 

    Which is better, an optical zoom lens or a digital zoom lens?

    • A.

      Optical

    • B.

      Digital

    Correct Answer
    A. Optical
    Explanation
    An optical zoom lens is better than a digital zoom lens because it provides true magnification by physically adjusting the lens elements to bring the subject closer. This results in sharper and higher quality images without any loss of detail. On the other hand, a digital zoom lens simply enlarges the pixels in the image, which leads to a loss of image quality and resolution. Therefore, an optical zoom lens is the preferred choice for capturing clear and detailed zoomed-in images.

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  • 23. 

    Which of the following most affects picture composition?

    • A.

      Backlight

    • B.

      Headroom

    • C.

      Auto-focus

    • D.

      AGC

    Correct Answer
    B. Headroom
    Explanation
    Headroom refers to the space above the subject in a picture. It affects picture composition because it determines how much empty space is left above the subject, which can impact the overall balance and visual appeal of the image. Having too much headroom can make the subject appear small or insignificant, while too little headroom can make the image feel cramped or claustrophobic. Therefore, headroom plays a crucial role in determining the composition and aesthetic quality of a picture.

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  • 24. 

    White balance is the adjustment on a camera that determines how the camera processes colors.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    White balance is indeed the adjustment on a camera that determines how the camera processes colors. It ensures that the colors in a photograph appear natural and accurate, regardless of the lighting conditions. By adjusting the white balance, the camera can compensate for different types of lighting, such as daylight, fluorescent, or incandescent, and produce images with correct color representation.

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  • 25. 

    What type of shot is used to give the viewer insight into the setting of a video project?

    • A.

      Extreme close-up

    • B.

      Close-up

    • C.

      Medium shot

    • D.

      Establishing shot

    Correct Answer
    D. Establishing shot
    Explanation
    An establishing shot is used to give the viewer insight into the setting of a video project. It typically shows the entire location or environment where the story takes place, providing context and helping the audience understand the spatial relationships between different elements within the scene. This shot is often used at the beginning of a scene or sequence to orient the viewer and set the stage for the upcoming action. It helps establish the mood, tone, and atmosphere of the video project, allowing the audience to understand the overall setting before focusing on specific details or characters.

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  • 26. 

    There are five main shots in the Videographer's Repertoire.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because there are not five main shots in the Videographer's Repertoire. The number of shots can vary depending on the needs and style of the videographer. There are actually many different types of shots that can be used, such as wide shots, close-ups, tracking shots, and more. The number of shots available to a videographer is not limited to just five.

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  • 27. 

    Which is an example of intellectual property?

    • A.

      A screenplay

    • B.

      A song

    • C.

      A novel

    • D.

      A poem

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the options listed, including a screenplay, a song, a novel, and a poem, are examples of intellectual property. Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind, such as artistic, literary, and musical works, that are protected by copyright laws. These creations are considered original and unique, and the creators have exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, and profit from their work. Therefore, all the options mentioned in the question fall under the category of intellectual property.

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  • 28. 

    Which of the following are part of the Videographer's Repertoire?(Check any that apply.)

    • A.

      Extreme close-up

    • B.

      Bust shot

    • C.

      Extreme wide shot

    • D.

      Long shot

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Extreme close-up
    B. Bust shot
    D. Long shot
    Explanation
    The Videographer's Repertoire includes a variety of shot types to capture different perspectives and convey specific emotions or messages. An extreme close-up is a shot that focuses on a particular detail or feature, while a bust shot frames the subject from the waist up. A long shot captures a wide view of the scene or subject. Therefore, extreme close-up, bust shot, and long shot are all part of the Videographer's Repertoire.

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  • 29. 

    Which camera function helps to acheive clear, sharp images?

    • A.

      AWB - automatic white balance

    • B.

      AGC - automatic gain control

    • C.

      EIS - electronic image stabilzation

    • D.

      AF - automatic focus

    Correct Answer
    D. AF - automatic focus
    Explanation
    The automatic focus (AF) function helps to achieve clear, sharp images by automatically adjusting the camera's focus to ensure that the subject is in focus. This feature is especially useful when capturing fast-moving subjects or when shooting in low-light conditions, as it allows the camera to quickly and accurately focus on the subject, resulting in clearer and sharper images.

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  • 30. 

    When you are recording a project for editing, how long should you record before the action starts (pre-roll) and stops (post-roll)?

    • A.

      2 seconds before, 2 seconds after

    • B.

      3 seconds before, 3 seconds after

    • C.

      4 seconds before, 4 seconds after

    • D.

      5 seconds before, 5 seconds after

    • E.

      10 seconds before, 10 seconds after

    Correct Answer
    D. 5 seconds before, 5 seconds after
    Explanation
    The recommended pre-roll and post-roll duration when recording a project for editing is 5 seconds before and 5 seconds after the action. This allows for sufficient footage before and after the intended action, providing flexibility during the editing process. Having a longer duration ensures that there is enough material to work with, avoiding any potential cut-off or incomplete shots.

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