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GoPro Cameras For Dummies, 2nd Edition by John Carucci

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Chapter 5

Framing the Shot

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Understanding the elements of visual style

check Composing the scene

check Putting the camera in the perfect place

check Using the Capture app while you shoot

check Giving yourself options

Great films are built on the creative use of visual elements such as composition, camera angle, color, and lighting. The GoPro adds its own perspective to the mix, thanks to its extremely wide-angle view and its capability to go almost anyplace.

Although the GoPro has become a recent phenomenon, shooting with an ultra-wide-angle lens is not. Some professional directors rely on it for an occasional shot; others swear by it. Terry Gilliam (director and founding member of the British sketch-comedy group Monty Python) shoots nearly all his films with a rectilinear wide-angle lens, which gives his films a unique look. Wes Anderson also favors a very wide view as a stylistic device.

These directors accomplish what we’re all looking to do: differentiating ourselves from the pack through ...

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