Shooting In Fog — Can Never Be Too Safe

Published On December 8, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | KCRA-TV, Shooting News

Shooting live shots for this morning’s KCRA news of the heavy fog.

The best way to get traffic shots is to have the camera set up on a tripod just to the edge of the truck, along with an orange road cone, so that you are shooting down the lane of traffic. In this case there was a nice bicycle lane (which nobody was using) and could get a nice and unobstructed long view down J. Street in downtown Sacramento.

We all are wearing these reflective safety vests around traffic these days. In this morning’s case, I felt it wise that I was not the only representative of KCRA to have a vest.

A camera and tripod are dark. I wrapped this spare vest around it to make it stand out. You can’t be too careful. Your camera is more than a tool — it’s a partner. You’re a team. Without it, you’ve got no reason to be there.

It’s makeshift, yes. But so much of news is thinking on your feet and improvising.

Always gotta look out for the other guy. Even if the other guy is a Sony XDCAM.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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