You shoot with them every day, but do you know how they work?
We all love cameras. Like—love cameras. We use them almost every day for work, pleasure, and capturing important personal moments in our lives, but how much do we really know about their complex functionality? Some of you may be brilliant geniuses and know everything there is to know about how a DSLR camera works but for others (me), their capacity to somehow turn light into an image and focus and zoom and colorize is still an incredible mystery. If you're ready for that mystery to be uncovered, then let the guys over at Fstoppers give you a crash course on how DSLR cameras work in this short 5-minute video.
Well, there you have it. Now you know the basics of how a DSLR works, from how light enters the lens and hits the sensor to how camera brains break down color information to give you vivid and brilliant color images.
Is it absolutely imperative that you know what every little piece of your camera's hardware and software does to be a good filmmaker? Not necessarily, but I can assure you that you'll not only be able to avoid and fix more technical issues when they come up, but you'll also be able to make more informed creative decisions if you know the limits and strengths of your camera.