The Camera and Its Moves
For studio use the entire camera assembly is mounted on a
pedestal or dolly (shown here) so it can be smoothly rolled around
the studio floor. The camera is
directly attached to a pan head
so that the pan and tilt
(horizontal and vertical) camera
movements can be adjusted.
Controls on the pan head allow
the camera to freely move, be
locked into position, or to offer
a bit of resistance to facilitate
smooth pans and tilts.
The large ring below the pan
head (in the center of the
pedestal mount) is used for
three things: for steering the
three wheels in the pedestal
base, for adjusting the height of
the camera (booming up or
down), and for locking the
vertical movement of the
camera. Controls for focusing
and zooming are attached to
the left and right handlebars respectively.
When the entire camera is
moved (rolled) toward or away from
the subject it's referred to as a dolly
("dolly in for a close shot," or "dolly
back for a wide shot").
A lateral move (rolling the camera to
the left or right on the pedestal) is
referred to as trucking, as in "truck
left" or "truck right."
And, finally, you'll recall that a zoom
optically achieves somewhat the
same effect as a dolly without having
to move the entire camera.
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