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LOOKING AT THE CAMERA AND THE EYE

[Image: Video Camera]

A camera is a device or machine for recording light and creating still photographs or moving images.

In this project the participants created moving image recordings (films) using digital video cameras.

Using a video camera can help us explore and think about how the eye works.

 

[Image: Diagram of the Eye]

 

BASIC SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE HUMAN EYE AND VIDEO CAMERA

  • Like the eye, the camera has a lens which helps us focus on what we are looking at.
  • The video camera also has an electronic iris. Like the iris of the eye, the iris of the camera both opens and closes. The opening and closing of the iris controls light levels. Light can affect both what we see and how we feel.
  • The images we capture with a video camera are recorded on to video tape or onto a hard disk.
  • Video tapes and hard discs allow us to record and store images. We can also play these recordings back. This is similar to the way our memories work.
  • Through editing we can also cut and paste (collage) different recordings together, to create films that help us order our thoughts and explore different ideas and relationships.

 

 

ADAVANTAGES OF USING FILM AND VIDEO

A great advantage of using film and video is that it can help us see, learn and communicate in new and exciting ways.

We can play films back on televisions, computers, mobile phones and through projection!

We can use it to share our thoughts and experiences with others!

 

 

THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH A VIDEO CAMERA

Here are some suggestions:

  • You may want to explore using a video camera to record your own thoughts and experiences of seeing.
  • You may want to start by focussing the camera onto someone's eye, to explore the surface of the eye in detail and see how the eye behaves.

For example, you could use the camera to film someone's iris, to see how it changes size in light and dark spaces.

 

[Important Note: Not everyone likes to be filmed, so before you film someone, you must first ask them for permission.]

 

EXAMPLES

The video below shows a close-up of the eye.

 
   

A Video Study of The Eye

Format: stereo video, colour
Duration: 1:52 minutes

 
The film below shows a young person discussing his experience of light and dark with a filmmaker. The young person films himself opening and closing his eyes. While he is recording he describes what he sees.
 
 

Seeing With Open and Closed Eyes


Format: stereo video, colour
Duration: 6:55 minutes

 

 

 

Key Words List

Here are some new words for you to learn:

 

 

 

 

 

Interplay

Optic Nerve

Lens

Iris

Memory

Collage

Editing

Focussing

Discussing

Experience

 

 

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