Magazine article American Cinematographer

Shooters

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Shooters

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Shooters by D. M. Lindekugel Praeger, 192 pps., library binding, $49.95

It is probable that most TV viewers aren't fully conscious of the degree of excellence achieved consistently by TV news photographers. The art has developed so gradually that it is now pretty much taken for granted. The pioneers of local newscasts some 45 years ago were mostly youngsters on approximately the same wage scale as janitors, shooting ASA 100 black & white bulk film with 16mm Bolexes and Filmos. If sound on film was desired, an Auricon Pro-600 was used-if available. Most cameramen usually souped and edited their own film at frantic speed, delivering it, "green" and jumpy, to a telecasting system which often left it scratched and battered if not in shreds. At the networks and in the larger markets, more experienced hands, veterans of the fast-vanishing theatrical newsreels and industrial films, brought their professionalism to the swaddling industry.

Cumbersome and cable-laden electronic news cameras replaced 16mm about 20 years ago. Fortunately, the equipment has been continually improved so that it is now easy to handle and has the capability to deliver superb images when operated by men and women of skill, taste and judgment. …

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