Not offending cameramen by checking viewfinder
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    I'm always paranoid about how shots are framed and I always like to at least check things through the viewfinder before (if not actually during) shooting, but then I feel like a dick as to me it looks like I don't trust whoever is operating the camera.

    Is there an etiquette for this bar just being the operator yourself? Or is it just a case of "I'm the director, so move over!".

    I'd rather not be the latter type of person.


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    A lot of cameras now support i-pads that work as monitors for exactly this reason - so the director, script supervisor, hair & make-up people etc can see how everything looks. If it's not right, they can ask for a moment to fix the issue.

    If you don't have access to that kind of technology, then certainly it's OK to step in for a look before shooting. It's always good to discuss things like that with the camera person in advance so there are no surprises. But otherwise, just be courteous as you displace him or her at the viewfinder.

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    I'm like this with the sound recordist as well, as I always wonder if I am being intrusive when I ask to listen in on their headphones to see if the room and the voices sound good.


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