Who’s Behind the Magic

As we continue to evolve, technology does also, and at an alarming rate.

The first video camera used for working motion picture was created by William Dickson (under the employment of Thomas Edison) in 1895.

“In 1879 At age 19 William Dickson wrote a letter to Thomas Edison trying to seek employment with the inventor. He was turned down. That same year Dickson, his mother, and two sisters moved from Britain to Virginia.[3] In 1883 he was finally hired to work at Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory. In 1888, American inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison conceived of a device that would do “for the Eye what the phonograph does for the Ear”. In October, Edison filed a preliminary claim, known as a caveat, with the US Patent Office (which shut down 1932 in the great depression) outlining his plans for the device. In March 1889, a second caveat was filed, in which the proposed motion picture device was given a name, the Kinetoscope. Dickson, then the Edison company’s official photographer, was assigned to turn the concept into a reality.” -wiki

The first video camera was created by John Logie Baired used in experimental broadcasts introducing the first purely electronic colour television beginning in the 1920s.


As a videographer you’re often asked “What brand of camera do you use?” Interesting question. The painter isn’t often asked “what type of brush did you use?” The performer isn’t often asked “What kind of mic do you use?” The baker not often asked “what brand of oven do you typically bake with?” This is because your work is only as good as you make it to be.

From the box camera to the camera phone, we’ve come a long way. But your work isn’t only based on the “quality” of your camera, or all of your nooks and crannies purchased along with it. The real tool, is the one behind the camera.

We’ve reached the last quarter of 2016 and we’ve seen a great deal of videos. Some of the most captivating videos were filmed and edited on cellphones! So what makes the fascination of a camera’s manufacturer so important? The simple answer is the artist behind the camera.

When testing out products, we see what we want others to see. You’ve got to give it your best shot (no pun intended) and use all of the resources you were given to make sure the job gets done.

This takes practice. Whether you’re holding a Pentax, a Panasonic, or a phone, the only way to produce the best quality work is to continue to work. Shoot as much as you can, as often as you can, with as much creativity your camera allows. You will find that in the end, the quality of your work, begins and ends with you.

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