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cameras don't lie

Photos and videos provide accurate, objective evidence (of something). He can say anything he wants to try to defend his actions, but cameras doesn't lie—he came at those two unarmed people with a weapon! Come on, you've seen the tape, and cameras doesn't lie—these two couldn't have less chemistry if they tried. The cameras don't lie, but video editing software sure can.
See also: camera, lie

in camera

In private. This phrase comes from Latin and means "in the chamber." We need to meet in camera so that the paparazzi don't see us together.
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lights, camera, action

cliché Said when one is ready to film some event or performance. A reference to the cue traditionally given to a film crew by the director when they are ready to begin a new take. OK, kids, ready to make our video for Grandma and Grandpa? Ready…lights, camera, action!
See also: action

off camera

Hyphenated if used before a noun.
1. Outside of the view of a camera's lens during a photo or video recording. You can see the suspect signaling someone off camera just before the end of the clip.
2. While not being filmed or photographed. The two fighters play up their supposed feud for the sake of television dramatics, but they're actually great friends off camera. The off-camera antics of the actor during the making of the film has led to a reluctance by many to work with him in the future.
See also: camera, off

on camera

Hyphenated if used before a noun.
1. Within the view of a camera's lens during a photo or video recording. You can see the suspect signaling someone on camera just before the blast.
2. While being filmed or photographed. The two wrestlers play up their on-camera feud for the sake of television dramatics, but they're actually great friends in real life. He is renowned for his calm, dignified demeanor on camera, but the famous talk show host is a rather brash loudmouth in person.
See also: camera, on

shaky camera

A cinematographic technique in which the camera is operated by hand, as opposed to being fixed on a mount, resulting in a jerky, unstable image. This is done to emulate a first-person perspective or imitate what an ordinary person might have captured on a handheld camcorder in order to create a sense of immersion or heighten the sense of excitement, terror, urgency, etc. I'm really sick of the trend in recent horror movies to have the whole thing filmed in shaky camera. It isn't scary, it's just nauseating! It just felt like the shaky camera was a cheap way for the filmmakers to give the documentary a sense of authenticity. The director uses shaky camera to give the audience a glimpse into the protagonist's point of view during especially emotional scenes.
See also: camera, shaky

the camera adds 10 pounds

cliché Being filmed or photographed tends to make one look as though they weigh more than they do in person. A: "Ugh, why do I look so fat in this picture?" B: "It's probably an unflattering angle. Plus, the camera always adds 10 pounds." Are fashion models emaciated in real life because they know the camera adds 10 pounds?
See also: 10, add, camera, pound

the camera doesn't lie

Photos and videos provide accurate, objective evidence (of something). He can say anything he wants to try to defend his actions, but the camera doesn't lie—he came at those two unarmed people with a weapon! Come on, you've seen the tape, and the camera doesn't lie—these two couldn't have less chemistry if they tried. The camera doesn't lie, but video editing software sure can.
See also: camera, lie

the camera never lies

Photos and videos always provide accurate, objective evidence (of something). He can say anything he wants to try to defend his actions, but the camera never lies—he came at those two unarmed people with a weapon. Come on, you've seen the tape, and the camera never lies—these two couldn't have less chemistry if they tried. The camera never lies, but video editing software sure can.
See also: camera, lie, never
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on camera

Being filmed, as in When the talk-show host began, I wasn't sure if we were on camera. This usage dates from the first half of the 1900s, soon after the birth of motion-picture and television filming. The same is true of the antonym off camera, meaning "outside the view of a movie or TV camera," as in Go ahead and scratch-we're off camera now.
See also: camera, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

on ˈcamera

being filmed or shown on television: Are you prepared to tell your story on camera?
See also: camera, on
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in camera

Outside of the public view: The committee met in camera to discuss the report.
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off camera

Outside the field of view of a movie camera.
See also: camera, off

on camera

Within the field of view of a movie camera.
See also: camera, on
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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