Nikola Tanhofer (1926-1998)
Profession — War Cameraman
The cameraman’s profession harbors many
dangers, and the war cameraman is particularly susceptible
to them. In order to stay alive in such a dangerous profession
and obtain good material, it is advisable to observe the
1. Begin shooting only when there is something really
interesting in your frame.
2. You should get as close as
possible to the action.
3. You should begin recording with
an establishing shot and only then should you concentrate
on the details.
4. Before moving the camera you should
shoot several seconds of stationary material.
5. War news
is not a rock video so you should try to avoid zooming.
6. The beginning and end of the shot have to be filled
with unambiguous and interesting content which should be
joined with calm and precise movement.
7. As a rule, shooting
with a telephoto lens can only be done correctly by using
a tripod which can be improvised by placing the camera
on any other type of support.
8. Shooting from a moving
vehicle will only be correct if the lens is set in its
9. When shooting while walking or running,
it is better to walk or run behind someone who is also
walking or running in the foreground of the shot.
shouldn’t be apprehensive about shooting in low light,
at dawn or sunset or in the rain, since these shots will
be rich with atmosphere.
11. When shooting in a closed
space, the best place to shoot from is the entrance to
12. Don’t risk your life unnecessarily. There
is no shot worth your life!