Camera crew skills

Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) was on air last week and a lot of people made comments about how poorly the show was recorded for a LIVE event. The camera was shaking, they captured irrelevant parts of the performance, images were not sharp etc. I didn’t watch the programme because there wasn’t anybody who I was rooting for to become the winner. I love Dayang but I can always listen to her wonderful songs on Spotify. However, I have watched AJL previously and I guess it is a recurring problem when it comes to watching the live show on television.

There is a glaring difference in quality when you’ve watched a BTS concert LIVE through your computer screen. I bet the view is more magnificent at the place itself as you could see their flawless faces on the huge screen. The experience of watching their concert is mindblowing even though you’re many miles apart. I began to appreciate the art and skills of the cameraman more having watched BTS. In fact, it’s not just BTS. Come to think of it, when you shoot K-pop groups, you need to employ a different technique/angle for the best results.

Indeed that was what I gathered when I watched a TWICE performance on an American talk show. The American crew doesn’t seem to know how to capture their choreography well. It made their performance seem bland with no personality. Not to mention, the audience at the talk show was also dull. If I was a TWICE member, I’d probably cry at the sight of a lifeless crowd. The silence was deafening.

In a way, this made me realize that the quality of your photo or video can project different meanings to those who perceive it and they are not always the best versions of what you intended to be in the first place. I have been procrastinating in my YT video editing lately because I was just not motivated. Ironically, I am studying Motivation this semester. I have a vision of wanting to capture my videos like haagrendal but it seems like too much work. Plus, I am not an aesthetic person. Maybe I should just go with the flow like ji hyun.


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