Noticed in a review about the new film, Grace of Monaco, which has received the worst reviews ever, that the cameraman has a tendency to film Nicole Kidman in extreme close-up. This is one aspect I hate about modern camera operators in both film and television.
The news is so boring, that cameramen tend to play with their cameras. Not content to let viewers see a person in a normal perspective, they are wont to show ears, noses, mouths, and eyes in extreme close-up. No one stands so close to another person, unless kissing or yelling drunkenly at someone else. If I could, I would smash the camera of anyone submitting viewers to such visual torture.
I have used or owned a camera for as long as I can remember. The first "good" camera I bought was on my second trip to Germany. It was a Voigtlander, which I used until I bought a used Nikon in Vietnam. The cover photo used for my novel, Flying's Easy, was taken with that camera. It was stolen during a break-in in 1988. At the time, I had been using, in addition, a pocket camera from Canon, which I carried regularly. I did not replace my Nikon immediately, but did buy a better model just before the digital revolution killed film. It now lies in small draw, never to be used again, and reminding me of the transient nature of technology.
Which is why I just bought a new Canon Ixus...My Sony pocket camera is on its last legs. Although my iPhone is always handy, I feel the need for a better lens and do not want to lug my Canon SLR camera at all times.
I am expecting great enjoyment from my new toy, but have yet to manage the jungle of the instruction manual, which stretches for 219 pages. The bloody thing will surely take great photos, but my iPhone is easier to operate.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.