Today we speak with Rick Macomber, an Emmy Award winning Director of Photography and photojournalist for CBS News. We discuss camera related injuries caused by the common repetitive motions that most camera operators do every day. If you are a camera operator, you may be a risk for these damaging injuries and we discuss how to identify and prevent them.
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Spotlight: Rick Macomber
Rick Macomber is an Emmy Award winning Director of Photography and photojournalist for CBS News. With over 30 years in the business, Rick suffered from RSI, repetitive strain injuries caused by the repetitive motions of a camera operator. Simple things like lifting the camera with one hand, or tilting your head up to see the viewfinder, over time can cause damage that can lead to surgery and take you out of the business for an extended period of time. Rick’s first hand knowledge of these issues makes him a great resource and we discuss how to identify and prevent these RSI’s from happening to you. We discuss simple tips that you can do today that could make a major difference in your career.
- Preventing Camera Related Injuries Blog Post
- The camera man of the 80’s and how things have changed
- The most common injuries for camera operators
- What are the warning signs of RSI’s
- What to expect if you need surgury
- The hidden dangers of repetitive motion
- Simple changes you can make to help avoid major injuries
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- 8mm film from the 70’s that Rick spoke about
- Rick’s Vimeo Page
- and more…
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